Have a hAPPier Holiday: Coupon Apps Help Consumers Save Money
Oct 31, 2018 07:42AM
By Jennifer Monahan
Holiday shopping can wreak havoc on the monthly budget and leave consumers with debt and regret when the bills come due in January. Savvy shoppers can save serious cash by utilizing coupon and sale apps. Instead of clipping coupons from the paper, customers simply produce a barcode to scan at checkout or enter the appropriate code for online purchases. Check out these options before hitting the stores this holiday season.
SnipSnap is an easy-to-use app that lets users search coupons from a host of retailers. It saves time by allowing shoppers to bypass individual store apps. Instead, SnipSnap collects coupons for Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, JCPenney, Victoria’s Secret and many other stores all in one place. Shoppers can select the coupons they wish to “snip” and use them directly at checkout. Coupons are uploaded by other SnipSnap users and are often the best deal going, such as $10 off any purchase of $50 or more at Dick’s or 50 percent off a single item at Michael’s. (Free; available for iOS and Android).
The Coupons App lets users personalize settings such as location and favorite stores in order to receive information about new deals. With coupons on everything from clothing to restaurants to spa packages to movie theaters, this app is a handy tool to have in your pocket before setting out to knock items off your Christmas shopping list. As an added bonus, the app automatically finds the cheapest gas nearby in case you have to fill up while fulfilling your duties as Santa’s helper. (Free; available for iOS and Android).
CouponSherpa is worth the extra minutes it may take to figure out how to navigate the app. While a bit trickier to use than similar coupon apps, CouponSherpa has great deals for shoppers. Updated daily, the app typically offers the most recent deals available. It features coupons for clothing, department stores, restaurants, automotive needs, furniture and more. (Free; available for iOS and Android).
Shopular is notable primarily because its coupons usually work. With most coupon apps, there is an element of risk as shoppers approach the checkout. Sometimes the checker is unable to scan the coupon code from a phone; sometimes the coupon just does not work. Shopular claims to handpick its offerings daily to make sure that its coupons are accurate and up-to-date. Reviewers give the app high marks for the coupons’ success rates and for offering relevant deals based on location and individual store preferences. (Free; available for iOS and Android).
Yowzaa!! is another app that compiles a range of coupons all in one place. These coupons are provided by retailers rather than crowdsourced from the app community. Yowzaa!! has a “local deals” tab featuring nearby stores and offers a range of e-gift cards to stores as diverse as American Eagle Outfitters, Athleta, Bass Pro Shops and Build-A-Bear. The app is intuitive and user-friendly, dividing coupons into categories such as food and dining, toys and games, retail shopping, entertainment and arts and more. If nothing else, the range of options can provide gift ideas for the recipients on your shopping list. (Free; available for iOS and Android).
No “best coupon app” list is complete without a shout out to Groupon. This perennial favorite is popular for a reason. Whether shopping for physical products or experiences like family laser tag passes, Groupon often has the best deals available. In addition to offering discounted deals for products and services, Groupon has coupons for many retail stores and restaurants. (Free; available for iOS and Android).
Two other apps integral to a successful holiday shopping experience are Everydollar and Wanderlist. Everydollar is intended to help users create monthly household budgets, but it can easily be utilized to create a holiday budget with planned spending amounts for each person or item on your shopping list. Wanderlist provides a convenient way to keep track of individual people along with their wish lists, sizes and preferences. Both apps allow for sharing information with a spouse or shopping partner in real time, which can be helpful if one parent is hitting the toy store while the other tackles a clothing store—or to make sure a beloved grandchild does not receive four Baby Alive Potty Dance Dolls under the tree. Both apps are free and available on iOS and Android.
Go ahead and shop till you drop this holiday season. Just make sure to download some coupon apps ahead of time so you can get the most bang for your holiday buck.