Coupons are a godsend for frugal shoppers, and they can save you hundreds of dollars a year if you use them properly. The United States is coupon mad, and these moneysaving essentials are bigger here than they are anywhere else. It’s time to take advantage of that as we look at the very best sites and apps for couponing.
This is a genuinely helpful service that you can use to save big on groceries. As with all of the coupon apps and websites discussed on this page, it only really makes sense if you look for coupons on things you need and were going to buy anyway, as opposed to treating it like a window shopping experience.
That’s what all of these apps and websites want, and it’s what they plan for. But that’s not how you save money, so make sure you’re very strict with your spending. If you can’t refuse a bargain, then create a shopping list beforehand and use apps like Ibotta to see if there are any savings to be made with the products on that shopping list.
2. Coupon Sherpa
This is one of the oldest coupon services that we know of, but that doesn’t make it any less useful. It has a wealth of great coupons that you can print out and use. It also has a number of unique deals, including deals that are only available through the Coupon Sherpa app.
This is a simple but useful app that helps you to make the most of paper coupons, which are still being released in their billions and are the best way to make use of this medium. SnipSnap makes it quick and easy to store those coupons, and it also uses a rating system for all of the stores it deals with, allowing you to focus on the ones that have the best ratings and therefore have more working coupons.
This app serves as a platform for companies to upload their coupons and deals, which has its benefits but also has a few downsides. On the one hand, it means there are some really good deals that are really deserving of your time and there are also very few expired ones. On the other hand, there are some terrible deals that are “deals” in name only and are really only there to promote the company.
They cover tens of thousands of retailers, including some of the biggest in the United States, and the app is 100% free to use on iOS and Android.
This works a little differently. It’s a free app for iOS and Android that offers you rebates on the goods you have already purchased. You simply make your purchase, snap a picture of your receipt, and then feed it into the app, after which it gives you cashback based on those purchases.
You won’t make a lot of money and it isn’t available at a lot of retailers, but free is free, and it’s certainly worth adding this app to your coupon arsenal.
One of the biggest names in this industry, Coupon.com can be accessed through their website and through their mobile app. They list a huge number of coupons for the majority of major and minor retailers, but while they can be one of the best, they can also be one of the most frustrating on account of the huge number of invalid coupons and free shipping offers masquerading as coupons.
In many ways it highlights all that is good and bad about online coupon sites and apps.
This is a great app to use for online promo codes. It can run checks on your shopping cart online and see if there are any savings to be made. It may not turn up any results, but it doesn’t take you long to check and it won’t cost you anything. It’s not the easiest app to use and in our experience it doesn’t return that many useful coupons, but it doesn’t hurt to try it and it could return a gem if you do.
If you love to compare products when you’re shopping (and this is something that everyone should do if they want to shop smartly and frugally) then this app can help. It lets you scan barcodes and then shows you the prices for the same product in competing stores. It will also run a search on all available coupons.
It means that instead of paying full price for a product in Store A, you can use the app to discover a discounted version, in addition to a coupon, in Store B.
9. The Coupons App
As with Coupon.com, this combines the very best and the very worst, and this is because it takes its information from users, over 100,000 of them in fact. This means there are some truly fantastic deals, but there are also ones that have expired, ones that aren’t really worth your time, and ones that don’t work and probably never did.
It’s worth taking a look, just be prepared to encounter a few duds in your search.
It’s one of the biggest, the oldest, and the most well known, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. Groupon has a huge number of deals every day and some of these can save you a lot of money, especially the ones geared towards experiences and entertainment.
There are issues with this site though, the biggest of which is that the product deals aren’t always what they seem. In the past they have advertised a lot of “premium” watches that apparently had retail values in excess of $1,000 and were being offered for $100, but these were not real brands and the watches were being made cheaply in China.
You’ll also notice that a lot of the products being sold on Groupon at apparent 50% to 90% discounts are available for less on eBay, Amazon Marketplace, and other retail sites. Still, if you stick with dining and experiences then you can’t go very wrong and this is also true for our non-US readers.