Five Apps that are Killing Coupons

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Posted on 05/13/2014

In 2013 fewer than 1% of coupons issued were actually redeemed, according to NCH Marketing. While nine out of ten consumers say they use coupons these five apps are changing the way shoppers save money on groceries and household items. And it may just lead to the death of the coupon.

Checkpoints
When you head to stores like CVS, Walgreens or Dollar General you can use your free Checkpoints app to check in. Each check in earns you points and you can redeem those points for gift cards to popular retailers including Starbucks, Target and Walmart.


Favado
Instead of clipping coupons, Favado helps shoppers nail competitive shopping. The free app tells you which store has the best deals to help you decide where to buy your groceries this week. You can also set up alerts for your favorite products so you'll know when they go on sale.


Ibotta
Instead of clipping coupons you can still save money on popular products through the Ibotta app. It's a free app that allows users to unlock rebates by completing easy tasks like answering a question, watching a video or posting something to Facebook. Then if you buy the product and scan your receipt you can earn cash. Deposit that cash to Paypal or turn it into gift cards.


Checkout 51
Every week Checkout 51 lists new offers. For instance you could earn $.25 for buying onions or $1 for buying Special K Protein Bars. Snap a photo of your receipt proving your purchase and Checkout 51 will deposit the money in your account. When you've earned $20 you can cash out.


Shopmium
How would you like to save $1 on Amy's organic pizza or $.75 on Jif peanut butter without having to find print or clip any coupons? Those are offers currently available through the free Shopmium app. Click on the offer you're interested in, scan the product's barcode and upload your receipt. They'll deposit the money into your Paypal account immediately.


By Alison Storm


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