In the beginning there was the Internet. This modern marvel revolutionized how people everywhere digested information. It also turned the world of commerce on its ear. It is now quicker and easier than at any other time in history to order goods and services and have them delivered right to a person’s doorstep. And the advances wrought by the Internet are now being built upon by the mobile revolution. Forget laptops, smartphones are how the majority of folks are now surfing the Net. And according to statistics released by SnapHop, some 50% of smartphone owners use their handhelds for shopping purposes.
This rise in mobile is certainly not lost on the retailers of the world. Rest assured that if there are major chain stores currently without their own mobile application, they are working to develop one at this very moment. On the other side of the coin are the money-saving coupon sites. And many of these have their own apps as well. So in the interest of saving some cash on e-commerce, here are the bestfree money-saving apps around.
This option is on the cutting edge of discount apps because it utilizes location-based technology. The smartphone owner walks into his or her favorite participating retailer and they are rewarded with “kicks,” which act as points that can be redeemed for big savings. This app enjoys the huge popularity it does for the simple reason it requires nothing more from the user than walking into their favorite store. And there are many big-name retailers on the ShopKick tip – Macy’s, Crate & Barrel, Target and Best Buy, just to name a few.
This app acts as a digital organizer for coupons, eliminating the need for a paper trail. Users can even scan paper coupons into the system. More than that, RetailMeNot informs the user when their coupons are set to expire and it even offers alerts on nearby deals.
One place where most regular folks wish they could save more cash is the grocery store. This app takes care of that by offering rewards in the form of cold hard cash. Sometimes people can get $10 right off the bat just by signing up. Before entering the grocery store, the user can search a list of daily offers for that particular location. They choose they offer they want and then make their purchases according to the stipulations. After checkout, Ibotta verifies the purchases and, if they are in accordance with the offer, the app credits the user’s PayPal account.
This app offers a number of deals for a wide variety of products. However, its most useful feature allows the user to compare prices of products from multiple locations. The user simply scans the product’s barcode and the app displays the cheapest prices online. People can also make purchases right in the app.
Nowhere in American life are savings more valued than at the pump. And if the arc of history is any indicator, gas prices will only ever continue to rise. This app mitigates the financial fallout of filling up that tank by locating the nearest gas stations with the cheapest prices.
The above options represent a diverse enough cross-section that the average shopper will likely find big savings. In fact, just downloading one or two of these apps should provide enough discounts and coupon codes to keep shopaholics busy for the foreseeable future.
Lauren Jameson is a professional blogger the provides financial advice to consumers. She writes for Title Loans of Savannah, a lending company that will work with you and your situation.