Save Money Shopping with Apps Like Favado and More

Matching coupons to sales is the hallmark of every successful savings strategy but ensuring that you've captured every deal can be difficult, especially if you're new to the coupon game. While some bargain-hunters still prefer to clip coupons the old-fashioned way, there are plenty of smartphone apps to let you compare and contrast sales and deals from different stores near you, to make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck. Here are some of the top-ranked grocery savings apps for smartphones. All are available free for both Apple and Android devices. 

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Favado

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Favado allows shoppers to search for a product by brand name and then find out where that item is on sale nearby. Shoppers can compare deals from store to store, as well as search for sales by product name. If users sign up for notifications, Favado can provide smartphone alerts from stores about new sales. 

This app also allows you to search for a product by brand name and then find out where that item is on sale near you.

When a shopper sees a sale he plans to shop, he only has to tap "Add to List" in the lower left of that item's listing for it to show up in the shopping list. This makes it easy to find the item in question once the shoppers get to the store. 

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Flipp

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Using geolocation, Flipp aggregates newspaper circulars (flyers) from nearby retail stores, and connect coupons with items on your grocery list. You can either print coupons from the Flipp website or use them digitally on your smartphone.

Once you've created a shopping list, tap an item to find all the coupons and offers at nearby stores. Another nice feature: When you have stored coupons in the app that are nearing their expiration date, Flipp will notify you. It will also let you know when you're close to a store with coupons you have stored in the app. 

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Ibotta

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If you're a shopper who likes participating in rewards programs, Ibotta is right up your alley. You have to use their mobile app, and there's a bit of a process involved, but it may be worth it for shoppers to save a few bucks on a standard list of items they buy regularly.

A shopper can unlock cash reward rebates by performing quick tasks on select grocery and drugstore products within the app. Next, the shopper buys buy those products at an Ibotta-supported store, scans the product bar codes and submits a photo of the receipt through the app. Once the receipt is received, the cash reward is deposited into the shopper's account within 48 hours. 

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Checkout 51

Shoppers create a weekly grocery list and determine whether any of the items on the list are eligible for money back within the Checkout 51 app. It refreshes the new list of deals weekly and will send an alert to shoppers' phones when new deals or offers are added. 

Checkout 51 works similarly to Ibotta: Shoppers upload receipts of items on the weekly specials list and receive a check for the amount they've earned.  More