Thursday, May 17, 2012
5 Grocery Saving Apps That Will Keep Your Budget on Track
Every savvy mom knows that if she wants to feed her family well, she’s got to cook at home. If you’re trying to grocery shop on a budget, couponing may seem like your only option. Pay attention moms! There are some great apps that you can download to your smartphone that can save you a pretty penny on your next trip to the grocery store. Here are five of the best apps to use if you are trying to keep your grocery budget on track:
Grocery IQ is an all-encompassing shopping application that will not only streamline your shopping experience, but save you money at the same time. The app will help you find grocery coupons and discounts in your area, allow you to scan barcodes to add items to your shopping list and share your list with any household members who have the app. The free application also allows you to select coupons right from the items on your shopping list and check items off as you add them to your cart.
SavingStar is an amazing free app for your Android or Apple device. You can select coupons for the products that are available in your local stores and save them right to your store loyalty card. The difference between this app and other grocery apps is that you won’t save money at the checkout; you’ll get cash sent directly to your PayPal account. Additionally, you can choose to have your cash rewards directly deposited to your bank account or given to you in the form of an Amazon gift card. Over 100 stores participate in SavingStar, virtually guaranteeing that at least one store in your area uses the service.
Grocery King is an interesting application. The app allows you to make a grocery list, input your store’s loyalty card information and then gives you the average price for each item on your list. Input the price you are paying and the app will tell you if there is a lower price to be found at another store in the area. If you’re getting the best price available, the price you input will turn green! If you need your partner to stop at the store on their way home from work, simply send your grocery list to their device and they’ll know exactly what you need!
The more you use ZipList for your weekly grocery lists, the smarter the app becomes! Intuitively, the app will begin to send deals directly to your phone, negating the need to search for the best deals in your area. Store your favorite recipes, create shopping lists and share your lists with family members. ZipList is a grocery app that is so helpful you’ll swear its psychic!
This app, available on iOS, lets you organize your shopping list by store. You can also track pricing for the items on your list and input coupons available for the items you buy the most. Not only does this app allow you to create shopping lists but it will alert you to any food recalls, give you nutritional ratings and let you store your favorite recipes.
By downloading these one or all of these five grocery applications, you can save significant amounts of money on each shopping trip. Not only can you store recipes, create lists and locate the best deals, but you can share your great finds with friends and family; you’ll never be more appreciated!
Jenny Meyers is a full time mom and part time freelance blogger for sidepon.com a site that makes it easy to find coupons for just about anything - for example, ny&co coupons at Sidepon.com.
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