If you like to shop for great deals, but do not like the hassle of clipping coupons and timing sales, then using store coupon apps may be a better option for you. In ‘How to Start Couponing & Save Money’ I outline how to implement a couponing system. For savers who enjoy the art of clipping coupons, this is a great way to maximize savings. In this post, I focus on why store apps are a great way to save money and how to maximize savings.
Here are 5 reasons:
Automatic loading of store offers
Unlike clipping coupons, most apps allow automatic loading of store offers and possible reward points on to your account through the app. Even if you do not purchase the products that offer these discounts and points, you know that you have optimized your ability to save. I frequently shop at Superstore (similar to Kroger’s) for groceries. I have set my PC Plus Points account (the app for Superstore) to automatically load all coupons and loyalty points offered once I open the app. This takes a few seconds. When I go shopping, I know that I am maximizing offers available. This makes store apps more attractive to clipping coupons as some savings may be missed with the latter approach.
Tailored coupons and offers
Another great feature of store apps is their ability to tailor future coupons and loyalty points offered based on previous store purchases. With each purchase the app keeps a history of your transactions and over time is able to recommend coupons and points that are right for you. Similar to YouTube, Netflix and other online accounts these apps become more ful and relevant to you as you them. This translates to more discounts, points and savings.
Options to extend offers
Some mobile store apps provide the option to extend a limited number of coupons and loyalty points offered for up to a week past the expiration date. The PC Plus app allows rs to carry forward up to three offerings at any time to the following week. Unlike clipped coupons, you are not restricted to adhere to the expiration date stated for all product offerings. This helps to maximize discounts and collect more reward points, therefore saving you more money.
Have you ever gone grocery shopping only to return home and realize that you forgot to show your store app, coupons or loyalty card to the cashier? I know I have. Beca my PC Plus card is linked to my PC Plus mobile app, all transactions completed through my card are updated on my store app and vice versa. If I every miss giving my card to the cashier, I can quickly and easily enter the receipt number on my mobile app. The app then scans through all transactions and tally’s points I have earned on my trip to the store, adding this amount to my running total. This saves me the hassle of returning to the store and allows me to collect my points from home.
If you still prefer to browse through flyers to view great deals, many mobile store apps have this as well. My Shoppers Drugmart app (similar to CVS) also displays their most recently issued store flyer based on the nearest store location to me. The mobile layout allows me to focus on one section of the flyer at a time ensuring I do not miss any great deals. This allows me to tailor my shopping list to purchase items that have the greatest saving or offer the most loyalty points without compromising on quality or preference. This ensures I get the best deals at the stores I shop and increase savings.
How to maximize savings
To get the most out of store apps, here are a few things to remember:
- Many apps no longer require you to load offerings onto your account, but some apps do. Make sure you know which one does not and load up all savings before you shop.
- For those apps that automatically load offerings, you may still need to open the app so your account can be updated with the latest deals.
- Some apps take a lot of memory on your phone so be mindful of how many you download.
- To get the most savings from store apps, it is better to focus on 2 to 3 stores you frequently shop.
- The best app for you may depend on where you live. Some apps provide great savings in one geographical location but not necessarily in another. Find the one that maximizes savings for you.
- Not every product on your shopping list will offer a discount or loyalty points. Tailor some purchases to items that maximize discounts or points. For example, before purchasing a healthy cereal, I may browse store offers to see if a particular cereal is offered at a discount or for more points. If I am happy with the alternative product, then I will purchase.
Downloading store apps is a great and hassle-free way to save money. A lot of the organizing is already built into the app, leaving you only to shop and save.