It's that time of year again, where stores lures you with deals that you can't resist. A time where Santa a.k.a. parents are on the hunt for those items from their kids' wish lists and a time to cross off some items off your personal list as well. For me personally, I don't want savings to end with just a store sale, I use coupons and cashback rewards apps as well if I can. It's like you're getting paid for shopping! If you're planning for some holiday shopping, download these free apps and save some more.
|Big Lots ad via Retale app|
You don't want to go to the store without an idea what's on sale or what the store deals are for the week. Or else you'd end up a cart full of items you don't actually need, impulse buying is a no no. With this app, you can browse store's weekly ads and catalogs, and clip coupons you want to use! All you need to do is enter your location (zip code), and it automatically pulls up ads from retailers nearby. Say goodbye to paper flyers!
- View weekly ads and catalogs from nearby or any location. Some products are clickable, thus you can find more information about the item, and reviews if any.
- Save your favorite ads by clicking star, to view later or easy access.
- Clip coupons readily available to use on stores or online.
- Shopping list - you can search for specific deals, just type in for example "T.V" and it pulls up ad that has deals on TVs. Love this feature!
|Turkey for $0.39/lb at Food Lion|
Aside from the convenience of shopping on your mobile, this app can you save a lot of money if you're in a store that allows Price Matching. Scan a product's barcode and it will check how much it cost in Amazon. If the price is cheaper you can price-match at the cashier by showing the app showing the actual price of an item. But take note that stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy has different price matching policy, better check them out first. I have tried Target numerous times with their more accommodating and friendly staff (wink). Please be aware that some of these stores don't honor price-matching on Black Friday though.
If you'll be shopping online, might as well get cashback with your purchases. Sign up for an account, you may use my Affiliate link: here and get a free $10 gift card or a cash bonus on your account. With over 2,000 stores they are partnered with, find your favorite store by typing the name of the store in their Ebates search box, and see how much cash back they are offering. For this Thanksgiving week, Kohl's is offering 8% cashback (that is huge!). Ebates send out their cash back payments via check or PayPal account every three months, with a minimum cash balance of $5.01.
4. Cartwheel by Target
Stack the savings at Target! You can use this app on top of a Target store coupon and a manufacturer's coupon. The app has a lot of offers (coupon % off item) you can choose from, from apparel to pet food to even Target Cafe items. All you have to do is add the offers you need, or if you don't want to go through the whole list, the app has barcode scanner which you can use to scan the product before you put them in your shopping cart and see there is offer for it. If not, it would suggest a related item that has deals. Upon checking out, once the cashier is done scanning all your items, show your Cartwheel barcode so cashier can scan it and additional savings will be applied.
In addition to Cartwheel offers, Target has added "Perks" on Cartwheel. You earn 10 points for every dollar you spend, even on items with no Cartwheel savings. Just scan your Cartwheel barcode upon checkout. As for my first reward, I chose a free Starbucks drink. Savings adds up since you shop for weekly groceries anyway.
Have a great time shopping! Let me know how much you saved.
Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link. This is not a paid post. All opinions are my own and are based on my own experience.