Once you know which coupon sites and apps to use, everything is on sale. Get ready to save money on the things you buy every day—and never pay full price again.
Many of us don’t bother with coupons, not realizing how much money we’re wasting. If you still think coupons have to be clipped from the Sunday newspaper, think again. These apps and sites offer amazing discounts without the hassle. You’ll find store coupons, manufacturer’s coupons, coupon codes, and even cashback. Try one—or more—today and discover how much you’ll save.
Let’s start with one of the biggest—and easiest—sources for major savings. Honey offers an automatic Savings Finder that scours the internet for coupon codes on over 40,000 retail sites. With just one click, you can save big on purchases you were going to make anyway.
In addition to finding coupon codes, you can also earn Honey Gold by making eligible purchases. Once you earn enough gold, you can redeem it for gift cards to the stores you love. Honey also tracks price history, so you know whether you’re really getting a good deal and will even notify you when the price drops on your wish list items.
Honey is available as both a browser add-on and an app. Just create an account, download Honey and sign in, and then start shopping! You’ll never pay too much while shopping online again.
How does Honey make money? They “earn a small commission from stores when you find savings.” However, they don’t sell or share user data. According to Honey, “We’re building a better way to shop, one that saves you time and money, even if there’s less in it for us. If this sounds like a new way of doing things, you’re right.”
Rakuten’s philosophy is that you should get paid for shopping at your favorite stores. Like Honey, Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates) earns a commission from the stores where you spend money. What’s different is that they split the commission with you.
You can shop on Rakuten.com, add the extension to your browser, or use the Rakuten app. Just create an account and start shopping! Rakuten partners with tons of major retailers you already know and trust:
- Old Navy
That’s just scratching the surface of the retailers that will pay you to shop with them. As your Cash Back balance grows, you can choose when to cash out. Rakuten will issue you a paper check or transfer the funds via PayPal.
Right now, Rakuten is even offering a Welcome Bonus of $10 to new users. The company has delivered more than $2.2 billion (yes, billion with a B!) in cashback rewards to members over the last twenty years. If you aren’t using a cash-back shopping companion, then you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to get paid while you shop.
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Want even more cashback? Ibotta is a shopping companion that offers cashback just for buying things from the stores you love. There’s some overlap between the retailers that work with Ibotta and Rakuten, so consider signing up for both and seeing which one you like better.
Ibotta is both a mobile app and a browser extension. One awesome feature is the ability to link your loyalty accounts at major retailers such as Target. Ibotta automatically finds cashback offers for the items you bought. They partner with over 1,500 brands, so your favorites will almost certainly be covered.
Thinking about ordering a pizza tonight? Ibotta will get you cashback from Domino’s. Need to pick up pet food? Petco is one of Ibotta’s retail partners. You can earn cashback online and in-store with Ibotta. And if you forget to log into the app before you start shopping, you can submit your receipts later to ensure that you never miss a cash-back offer.
Since 2008, Groupon has been the best place to find deep discounts at local retailers. It’s “a place where customers can discover new experiences every day and local businesses thrive,” according to the company. Every day, you’ll find different offerings from businesses in your area. From spa services to oil changes, from foodie tours to archery lessons, you’ll be constantly amazed at the variety of deals.
While you can always get amazing deals for local services, experiences, and dining, don’t neglect the coupons for national brands, too. Near the bottom of the home page, you’ll find special offers and coupon codes from major retailers like Costco, Walmart, Home Depot, and TJ Maxx. You can also find incredible travel deals, so make sure to explore the site.
The Krazy Coupon Lady
Want to know how to coupon shop like a pro? You need to learn from the best. Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer, a pair of “side-hustlin’ stay-at-home moms” who were tired of living paycheck to paycheck, founded TheKrazyCouponLady.com over 14 years ago.
Wheeler and Demer’s strategic couponing became a life-changing opportunity. They quickly realized that they could do more than save a few—or a lot—of dollars themselves. They could also help other people learn how to save money for the things that are really important in life. The Krazy Coupon Lady (or KCL) team now consists of almost a hundred shoppers searching for real-world bargains every day.
Couponing is about saving money, sure — but for us, it’s always been about doing something worthwhile with people you like.Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer
Not only will you find the best sales and coupons on their site, but you’ll also learn how to become a savvy shopper through informative blog posts. You can search the top deals, check out the best offers at your favorite stores, or master extreme couponing hacks.
Did you know that Amazon helps shoppers find digital coupons? Not enough people take advantage of this money-saving secret. It functions just like Target Circle, allowing you to choose the coupons you want to “clip” and then automatically apply them to your cart.
If you’re a Prime member, you’ll get even more opportunities to save. Amazon offers exclusive coupons for Prime members and extra discounts for “Subscribe & Save” purchases. When you factor in free 2-day shipping, there are some serious money-saving offers available.
Even if you don’t want to check out right then, you won’t lose your coupons. Amazon will save the coupons you clipped until you purchase the items. If you’re a regular Prime shopper, then it just makes sense to check out Amazon Coupons before you start adding things to your cart.
When you’re looking for the best prices on prescription drugs, check GoodRx first. You can download manufacturer coupons directly to your phone, potentially saving you big bucks. They promise savings of up to 80% on your prescriptions—that’s nothing to sneeze at.
One of the things I like best about GoodRx is the ability to compare prices between local pharmacies. You’d be amazed at the difference in prices between pharmacies, so don’t get stuck paying more than you should on the medicine you need. Keep in mind that these prices are for retail out-of-pocket costs and don’t combine with insurance coverage.
You can price-check prescriptions and comparison shop pharmacies online at goodrx.com and by using their mobile app. Instead of downloading coupons to your phone, you can also request a free GoodRx Prescription Discount Card in the mail.
Shopkick isn’t like other coupon or cash-back apps. It turns saving money into a game by rewarding you with “kicks,” or points, that you can redeem for gift cards. Trust me, you’ll get addicted to seeing those kicks add up.
Shopkick works for in-person and online shopping. Before you head to your favorite brick-and-mortar store, check out the available deals on your phone. Once you arrive, you can scan the barcodes of the products and get rewarded for your purchase.
When you’re shopping from home, Shopkick works a lot like other shopping companion apps. However, you can also earn bonus kicks by watching promotional videos or reading about new products on the app. That’s literally free money.
The gift cards can be redeemed at a wide range of your favorite stores:
- Barnes & Noble
- Best Buy
If you were going to make a shopping trip anyway, then why not save money and earn rewards? Those gift cards will be even more fun to spend because you earned them by being a savvy shopper.