If you know my sister and have seen her couponing hauls and wondered how in the world she does it, this couponing series is for you. Though I’m not nearly as knowledgeable about couponing as her, I’ve learned a thing or two during the many shopping trips I’ve willingly (and not so willingly) been on over the years.

With my sister’s wealth of knowledge and my ability to break it down for the average shopper, I’m confident we can all start saving more money. And if you stay on this journey long enough, just like me, you may even begin to faintly hear my sister’s voice in your head before every purchase asking if you checked for discounts and coupons. If I haven’t scared you away yet, let’s begin by learning about 8 money-saving apps that are worth downloading.

1. Fetch

Starting with my personal favorite, Fetch is an app that rewards you for your receipts. Though Fetch doesn’t directly save you money through coupons, it allows you to earn back money on items you’ve already purchased or intend to purchase. Every physical receipt and e-receipt that’s uploaded is turned into points that are redeemable for $5-$50 rewards. Some of the many rewards include gift cards for popular retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, Petsmart, and more.

Fetch also recently added a feature where you can earn points by playing games on your phone. With several ways to earn points, Fetch makes it easy to earn rewards. And all you need to do is download the app, create an account, and start taking pictures of your receipts. Upon joining, if you link your Walmart and Amazon accounts it will automatically “fetch” and submit those e-receipts for you.

2. Receipt Hog

Similar to Fetch, Receipt Hog gives you coins for every receipt you scan. These coins are then redeemable for Paypal, Amazon, or virtual Visas cards. After creating an account, you just click the camera button and start taking pictures of your receipts. Receipt Hog also gives the open to link your account to retailers you frequently shop at. Though it takes a little more time to earn rewards on Receipt Hog, it’s so simple that it’s worth doing.

3. Ibotta

Ibotta is an app in which you can earn instant cash back through your online and in-store purchases. On Ibotta, you scan receipts or link your accounts from your favorites stores for your purchases to be automatically uploaded. You can also place orders through the Ibotta app to earn cash back. To get the best deals, just type what you’re looking for and browse through your favorite retailers. The Ibotta cash that you earn can then be redeemed for PayPal and giftcard options. If you sign up using this referral link and scan your first eligible receipt, we’ll both earn $5!

4. Target Circle

Target Circle is a loyalty program where you receive exclusive coupons and rewards for your Target purchases. The great thing about Target circle is the variety of coupons and discounts. They periodically give you store coupons that can be used off your total purchase and clippable coupons for select products. There are also many TikTok accounts that walk you through how to get the latest deals. A couple of our favorites are Torok Coupon Hunter and Couponing with Kayla. They simplify couponing by showing you when, where, and how to get the best deals.

5. CVS

Now that I’ve learned the ins and outs of couponing at CVS, letting CVS extrabucks expire pains me as much as my sister. Though I used to think CVS was expensive, I soon learned otherwise. And while CVS has more expensive retail prices they make up for it with the amount of discounts you receive from having an Extracare card. With CVS you can sign up for an Extracare card for free in store or online. You can opt to pay $5 a month for the Extracare pass, however that’s not required. With the ExtraCare pass, CVS gives you free shipping and $10 Extrabucks a month to be used on anything in the store. But even with a free account, you get access to deals and coupons that will help you save major $$$. You can compare the differences of the ExtraCare and the ExtraCare+ card by going here.

6. Kroger

Couponing at Kroger will most definitely save you money on gas and groceries. To get the best deals at Kroger, you simply create an account to start receiving digital and physical coupons. With the digital coupons you can easily clip them to your account through the app or website. What’s great about Kroger is that the coupons will become more personalized to you the more you shop there. In addition to that, shopping at Kroger can save you on gas. With Kroger’s fuel points program, you earn 1 fuel point for every $1 you spend. These fuel points add up quickly with 100 points equaling to 10 cents off per gallon and so on. So if you’re already shopping at Kroger, make sure you have an account that you use religiously each time you make a purchase.

7. Walgreens

Similiar to CVS, you create an account and receive register rewards and coupons on your account. You clip the coupons to your account to automatically be redeemed at checkout when your use your Walgreens Card. To sign up for a free myWalgreens card, go here.

8. Dollar General

Dollar General is another great store to coupon at because not only are their prices typically on the lower end, they also have digital coupons to use in store or for pick up orders. You can create an account with MyDG to get access to digital coupons and cash back on your purchases. Dollar General is also discussed a lot by the couponing community on TikTok. So if you ever need step by step details on how to get a deal, check out Saturday Dollar General deals on Torok Coupon Hunter’s Tiktok.

For some people, one of the most frustrating aspects of couponing is finding the coupons you need. Couponing can be overwhelming at first but once you know where to look for coupons, it becomes A LOT easier. There’s no coupon fairy, but these magical apps will help you bring in the savings. And once you become more familiar with the apps, you can start taking advantage of the same deals you’ve seen my sister share about. With the right tools at hand, your next grocery trip may be a little less horrifying.

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