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Apps and resources to help you save and even earn money shopping for groceries

Posted at 11:41 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 02:41:32-04

Let's talk essentials! Today, we're going to focus on FREE apps that help you save and even earn while shopping for groceries.

Ibotta works with all kinds of brands and retailers online and in-store, specifically 300 stores available for in-store purchases. Just link your loyalty accounts at checkout, and get earnings for qualifying offers. Or, you can also do so by snapping a photo or the receipt. Then, you'll get cash back to your account within 24 hours.

Checkout51 is similar. Grab your products, snap a photo of your receipt, and cha-ching! You can even save on gas! When your account balance is $20, cash out, and they mail the check!

SavingStar has deals and over 70,000 places to shop. Get cashback on all kinds of items, and there are "Healthy Offers", encouraging you to snag some produce! Sync up your loyalty cards and scan the receipt through the app. Once you save $20, put it in the bank, PayPal or donate to charity. You'll also be able to browse current rebates.

Flipp uses your zip code to find the best deals near you. There are over 1,000 ads and over 100 coupons. Check out your favorite stores, make a shopping list, and the app searches and does all the work for you to find the best deals for each item. The website states you'll save between 20 and 70 percent on a wide variety!

Snap by Groupon is another one we've featured in the past as well to help you locate deals and savings.

If you're looking for other ways to save on groceries, there are a lot of options!

Here's a quick roundup of four resources to help you save!

One of our sister stations put together information on how to turn your receipts into money!

Here are "22 Ways to Save Money on Groceries" from

The Simple Dollar as "12 Surprising Ways to Save on Groceries".

The Penny Hoarder offers "28 Tools and Tricks to Save $100 or More".

We mentioned this not long ago, but RetailMeNot also has a full article about how to save on the essentials during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here.

How can I help you save money? Are you looking for discounts on deliveries, how to save when you're shopping online, affordable summer camps? Let me know!