A few simple apps could save you money in the aisle while you’re out shopping for Christmas gifts or that holiday meal.
The King Soopers app is a great tool for saving money. It includes a database of coupons. Search for your favorite products and add them to your King Soopers card. When you check out you just swipe your King Soopers card and all of the coupons you selected will be applied to your purchase. It makes “couponing” super simple.
The King Soopers app also shows you your current Fuel Points balance and it has a tool for you to create a shopping list inside the app.
Wal-Mart has done a great job of creating an app that really adds value to your shopping experience. If you’re the type who heads to the self-checkout line anyhow, this feature is for you. You can scan your items into the app while you shop. It shows you the price, gives you a running total and creates a list of everything in your cart. When you’re done you can transfer that list to the cash register so you don’t have to re-scan everything to check out. It’s pretty slick and works well.
The Wal-Mart app also saves your receipts in digital form so you can go back and see previous purchases. Unfortunately Wal-Mart won’t let you use these digital receipts for returns so you will still want to keep that paper copy.
Target has 2 apps and their newest one is worth checking out. It’s called Target Cartwheel. It’s a social coupon app.
You can search for products that have Cartwheel coupons or you can scan the barcodes while you’re in the store to see if there are discounts available. If a discount is available, add it to your list in the app. When you check out, show the cashier the app and all of your selected coupons will be added automatically.
On top of that, Cartwheel can connect to Facebook so you can see what coupons your friends are using. There’s a level of TMI going on here but it’s also nice to discover good discounts based on my Facebook friends.