Whether we like it or not, we have to regularly purchase things like toilet paper and soap. These regular household necessities can really add up and pinch your wallet. Since I have been living on a budget for years, these are the things that I have made a conscious effort to cut down costs on because it’s fairly easy to do. I have tried the couponing thing a few times before, but I can tell you that for me, it is extremely time consuming and that is a huge deterrent. With the advent of more and more phone apps, my life has been made much simpler, finally! I have found a few favorites that are my weekly go to’s when I am seeking out products for my house. All of the apps that I use are completely free and easy to download on your smartphone.
This is by far, my favorite app. Not only is it easy to use but I usually get the best deals with this one. The Walgreens App is really easy and quick to download for both Android and iPhone users. The home screen lets me choose what I want to do with 4 very easy options to start with. I always go to the “Weekly Ad & Coupons” section just to see what they have going on that I might need. If I find products that I like, then I can immediately touch the “Clip to Card” button and it is added to my rewards card for me to use the next time I’m in the store.
Now if I am looking for specific products that I didn’t see in the Weekly Ad or a coupon for, then I will use the “Shop Products” portion of the app to see if they have it and what the current price is. I was overly thrilled this past week when I bought a 12 pack of toilet paper, a 6 pack of paper towels and a box of Puffs tissues for $9.70! I was able to pull this off with the coupons that I had clipped in the app plus the items all being on sale and for the bonus round, I had $5 in rewards in my account so that got applied to my purchase. Every time you purchase things with the app, you rack up reward points and for every 5000 points it equals $5. You really can’t beat it!
This was one of the first places that I began to shop when I heard about their regular deals and customer rewards. Although, years ago when I embarked on this adventure into saving money on household items, I had to find their weekly ads and cut out the coupons. I can tell you that was very time consuming for me and for awhile there, I threw in the towel and stopped saving as much money because I didn’t want to seek out the flyers.
Then the world of apps got larger and everybody was competing, hence my re-entry into the realm of saving money at the pharmacy stores. I can tell you that I like the Rite Aid App so much better than the way I was doing things prior to apps, but I don’t find it as user friendly as the Walgreen’s app.
This one is laid out closer to the style of Apple iOs as opposed to the Android iOs and it also blocks me from screenshotting it, so I can’t post it here to show you, but I found the screenshot from the app store. Everyone has their preferences and I can tell you that I am an Android user, hence my immediate draw to the layout of Walgreen’s instead. That being said, Rite Aid has just as many great deals as Walgreen’s does, it just depends on what I am looking for and the weekly specials combined with the coupons.
The third pharmacy app that I use regularly is CVS ExtraCare App. This app is laid out differently from the other two in that all of the initial options do not fit on just one screen but you have to scroll. What that means is that the text is larger, to make things easier to read, but it also means that it takes a bit longer to get where you’re going.
I do like this app a lot though, because it always ends up having some great deals and ties your rewards card in, just like the other apps, to get points faster every time you shop. This company also has the Minute Clinic, for quick medical attention, that you can connect with directly from the app.
Target is one of those places where I go into with a specific list of things to purchase and ALWAYS leave with more than I intended to. It is a love/hate relationship with my wallet. On the up side, they always have things on sale and clearance as well as this great app called Cartwheel.
I heard about this through some friends, tried it and fell in love. You can search for deals ahead of time, like on the other apps previously mentioned, but you can also scan things in the store as you pick them up to see if there is a deal on them or any like products. It’s pretty ingenious and makes things so much easier!
Frequently, I will just use the app in the store instead of ahead of time because I find it saves time to do it that way. I really like this app because of the functionality but I don’t always get the deals I get with some of the pharmacy stores, depending on the products I’m looking for.
If you really want to save more at Target, then sign up for their RedCard (in both credit card and debit card varieties). With this card, you can save 5% on all your purchases (minus prescriptions) and they sometimes even send you shopping days for 10% off all day. It’s an easy way to stack your savings.
Bonus App – Ibotta
Not sure how we forgot about the Ibotta app. It’s also free and not store specific like the ones we posted above. Ibotta is on Android and Apple and is free.
Basically, Ibotta allows you to unlock rebates for nearly 150 stores (mostly major retailers) to earn rebates/cash back. You can unlock these rebates and when you purchase, you just have to scan your receipt to earn the cash back after scanning the product barcodes that correspond to the rebate.
If you don’t feel like scanning receipts, you can upload your loyalty cards into Ibotta and earn money when you shop at those supported stores. You just have to unlock the rebates for products you’re buying and then use your loyalty card at checkout. Your savings are deposited into your account in 48 hours. It’s really that simple.
You can sign up for Ibotta for free and earn $5 for every friend you invite!
Overall, there are many great free apps and ways to save money on your regular household buys out there. These are my favorite 4, as of today. But you and I both know that new apps come out all of the time, so who knows what tomorrow will bring. What are some of your favorite apps to use when saving money on household items? If you have tried any of these, I would love to hear your feedback and what you found worked best for you, as well as your best deals!
What’s your favorite money-saving app? Let us know in the comments below.
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