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Did you know there are a whole host of apps out there, just waiting to save you money on your shopping?
I guess it seems obvious that there would be (there’s an app for just about everything else!), but it’s not something I ever really personally explored.
That was, until recently, when it’s become more important than ever to make savings wherever possible.
So today I wanted to share with you five apps that will help you save money on your shopping – be it necessary food shopping, unnecessary nice-to-haves, or presents for others.
Just remember: do not buy an item if you’re only buying it because it’s on sale or you’ve got a discount on it. If you wouldn’t buy it at full price, you’re not saving money – you’re wasting it.
The following apps can save you a lot of money on your purchases (and some can even get you freebies), but just be aware that they can also tempt you into buying something at a discounted rate, that you don’t even want (let alone need!)
Right, disclaimer over: go forth and save!
For the last few years, I’ve become well and truly hooked on Cashback sites – namely TopCashback and Quidco.
The basic premise of cashback sites are that they receive a small commission for referring you to a retailers’ website if you go on to make a purchase, and they then pass on a little of this commission to you in the form of cashback.
Say, for example, you need something from Argos. Instead of going straight to Argos’ website, first go to TopCashback/Quidco (their websites or apps), and type ‘Argos’ in to their search bar. From here you can then click through to Argos, and do your shopping as you usually would.
By going through TopCashback or Quidco, they receive a small commission through ‘referring’ you – some of which they’ll then pass back on to you.
That means you can literally make money on purchases you were going to buy anyway.
If you take anything away from this post, please promise me you’ll make sure to take this extra step for every bit of online shopping you have to do going forwards as you’re leaving free money on the table otherwise.
Out of the two, I personally love TopCashback, and in less than a year I’ve made over £140 by going through them. This said, Quidco can occasionally have a better cashback rate than TopCashback, so sign up to both if you fancy, and see which gives the best cashback rate for each transaction.
You can sign up to TopCashback here – it’s the perfect time with Christmas shopping on the horizon! (If you sign up through this link, I will receive a referral fee at no cost to you. However, if you’d rather I don’t, head to Google and search for them direct).
I’ve recently signed up to Shopmium, which is an app that allows you to save money on your food shopping.
In order to access the discounts, simply download the app and have a look to see what products are discounted or available for free at your local supermarket. Once you’ve purchased the items online or in store, you then take photos of your receipt and the barcode of the item, upload them in the app, and receive the money back in your bank or Paypal account within a few days.
For me, it’s been a great way to try new foods, as we often get stuck in the same old routine of what we have for dinner each night. Shopmium has instead given us the chance to sample new brands, and at a heavily reduced cost!
Sign up here, or find Shopmium on the App store, and enter in the code 992uf4 to receive a free tube of Pringles as a sign-up gift! (I will receive a referral fee if you claim your free tube).
I typically use Groupon for spa packages and random experiences (alpaca trekking in 2016 was a particular highlight!)
However, it’s also a great place to find discounted products – from home and garden items, to kid’s toys, to beauty products, it’s a great app and/or website to visit when you need to pick up something in particular (especially when it’s often cheaper than your regular retailers).
Even better – you can deal stack with TopCashback, and get cashback on your discounted purchase!
If you’d like to sign up with Groupon today and begin to browse the various experiences and products on offer in your area, click here (I will receive a referral fee if you sign up through this link, so again if you’d rather go direct, find them on Google).
Another app I’ve recently started using is Airtime Rewards, which saves you money on your mobile phone bill.
It pains me to think about what I currently spend on my phone bill each month (especially when I have such terrible signal where I live!) but Airtime Rewards is helping me cut it down somewhat.
Once you download the App, you can link your bank cards to it, and spend as normal. Airtime Rewards are partnered with a number of your go-to High Street and online retailers, and if you shop at any of them, you will automatically receive cashback from your purchase, which you can then redeem against your phone bill.
As it’s all automatic once you’ve hooked up your bank cards, there’s literally nothing else you need to do to earn this cashback. Effortless cashback is the best kind of cashback!
The cashback rates aren’t enormous, but once again it all adds up – I’m nearly at £7 this month from a Primark shop and Boots trips.
Find Airtime Rewards here, or search them on the App Store, and if you enter in the referral code B6HRYTEV we’ll both receive a 50p bonus.
GreenJinn is similar to Shopmium in that it gives you discounts on your food shopping across various supermarkets. However, from my experience, GreenJinn appears to have more free items (rather than discounted items) – which is always going to be my favourite price!
Browse the app prior to your food shop to see what items are on offer, and once you’ve purchased them, upload the receipt and wait for the cashback to hit your account.
Unlike Shopmium, GreenJinn does require a minimum cashback amount of £1.50 before you can cashout, so that’s something to be aware of – but with the amount of freebies on offer, it’s very easily done.
Find GreenJinn here or on the App Store.
I’m a big believer in getting as much as you can for your money, and if you can do it all from your phone, why not start today?
It might only be little bits here and there, but the little bits all add up. You know what they say – take care of the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves.
If you’re looking for more ways to save money, the following posts might be of interest:
If this post prompts you to start using any of these apps to help you save money on your shopping, please let me know how you get on over on Instagram – I’d love to hear from you.