Taste of Health Francesca Ballicu | 10 months ago

Money Saving Apps That Don’t Cost a Dime

 

Discover savings, right at your fingertips. 

Finding your budget stretched a little thin after the holiday season? You could spend hours clipping coupons and organizing them in a giant binder like those people from TLC’s Extreme Couponing, or you could save money the simple way: by using any one (or all) of these innovative apps.

Ibotta

Did you know you can get cash back on your groceries just for taking a picture of your grocery list? Ibotta lets you do just that. Simply sign up for this popular website and mobile app using your name and email address, and then voila! You’re open for business. Here’s how it works: Browse through the cash-back offers in your area and take note next time you go to the grocery store (the offers change every week). For example, in some areas Ibotta will give you 50 cents if you take a picture of a receipt showing that you bought a gallon of milk or eggs and $1 if you take a picture showing that you bought paper towels. Pretty cool, right? Of course you don’t want to buy a bunch of stuff you weren’t already going to the store for, but it’s an easy way to get a little cash back for grocery items you need to get anyway. You can also “stack” your savings and in some cases, you might even be able to get the item for free. Once you’ve reached $20 of earnings or more, you can request payment via Paypal or Venmo. Right now, Ibotta is giving new users a $10 sign-up bonus just for redeeming their first receipt!  Download or learn more at ibotta.com.

Favado

Everyone knows the best way to save is by shopping around, but between work, social engagements and family, who has time for that? Fortunately, Favado tells you who has the best deals and rock-bottom prices in your area to help you decide which stores to add to your errand list each week. More than 65,000 grocery and drugstores are catalogued. In case you can’t get enough of this concept, another app with a similar premise is Retale – just like Favado, it lets you set your location and then automatically browses weekly online deals and coupons from your favorite retailers, so you never miss a deal near you. Not only does it pull grocery and drugstore deals, but it finds you the best deals from a host of stores in other categories too, including clothing, automotive, electronics and home improvement. It also notifies you when your favorite products go on sale! Favado: Download or learn more at savings.com/favado. Retale: Download or learn more at retale.com.

Grocery IQ

Everyone knows you save more money grocery shopping when you have a list, but how many times have you forgotten your list or deviated from it because you’re not checking items off as you go? Listed as one of the five hottest iPhone apps, Grocery IQ by Coupons.com completely reinvents traditional grocery shopping. Here are some of its notable features:
  • Database of millions of items
  • Barcode scanning
  • List sharing
  • Integrated coupons
  • Favorites list
  • Product details
  • Sort by aisle
Download or learn more at groceryiq.com. Now that you know what it takes to save money using free apps, we think you’re ready to start saving time with MyCarolinas, Carolinas HealthCare System’s free online tool. After you sign up for MyCarolinas, you can schedule an appointment, message your doctor’s office, renew prescriptions, pay bills, check lab results and more! You also can use eVisit, our new online care option for dozens of common conditions. For just $35, eVisit connects you to a medical professional from home, at work or on the go. And those are just a few ways MyCarolinas makes life a little easier. Do you wish you had a community to inspire you and support the choices you make to improve your family’s nutrition habits? Now you do. Join the conversation, or start your own, using #TasteOfHealth.