The Great Grocery Coupon App Challenge

freeimage-10752841-webLike most people, one of my largest regular expenses is food, and I am convinced that I can probably save a lot of money each month if only I could just “crack the code” for how to eat more cheaply. However, I am also trying to eat healthier—a choice that seems to be considered a luxury lifestyle at the stores and restaurants in my city, Atlanta. Can I dramatically cut down on my food expenses while still eating the healthier diet that I want?

I don’t know, but I aim to try. And since this question suggests an experiment, let’s make it one.

I’ve been hearing a lot about how clever shoppers are using coupon apps on their smart phones. I consider myself a pretty tech-savvy guy, so this sounds like the perfect time to give a few a try.

I’ve done some research in apps stores and the blogosphere and a few names have risen to the top, thanks to popularity, ease of use, number of grocery stores involved, etc. But I haven’t found many reviews that I felt like I could trust myself, and I wouldn’t want to recommend any to you until I’ve really seen their quality for myself. So, over the next few months, I commit to trying the following apps:

  • CardCrunch
  • CardStar
  • The Coupon App
  • Endorse
  • Grocery IQ
  • Grocery Smarts Coupon Shopper
  • Ibotta
  • SavingStar
  • SnipSnap

As I try each of them I will post a review on their ease of use, success at saving me money and tips on how you can use each to reduce your grocery bills and increase your savings!

I’ll also be sure to tell you which ones aren’t worth your time.

Stay tuned. This should be fun… and money-smart!


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