9 tools to cut your grocery bill

Sites and Apps That Reduce Your Grocery Bill

by William Landon

The purchase of groceries is an essential expenditure in the budget of an average American family. A substantial portion of a person's income or family income is dedicated to the purchase of groceries. The good news is that there constantly are new ways to reduce your grocery costs. One such way is through the use of websites and phone based apps. The following are nine websites and apps that can help save the amount of money you would ordinarily spend on groceries.

1. iBotta

iBotta pays you cash back for groceries you need to purchase. This is how it works. First, you need to download the iBotta app at iBotta.com. Once the app is installed on your phone, search for deals and popular products. Once you find a deal that you qualify for, all you need is to perform a simple activity like filling a survey or watching a video. Once that is completed, go to the eligible store that offered you the deal and purchase the product. Once you have purchased the item, take a picture of the receipt and upload it to iBotta. You will receive a cash back bonus on the item. The bonus will be paid into your PayPal account.

2. Checkout 51

Checkout 51 is another cash back app. It allows customers to receive a percentage of their cash back after purchasing an item and uploading the receipt. Checkout 51 is similar to iBotta in operation in that you have to search for specific offers you qualify for and get a deal before you can make your purchase. Checkout 51 allows you to withdraw your cash back bonuses once you have a minimum of $20 in your account. To download the app, visit Checkout51.com.

3. Walmart Savings Catcher

The Walmart Savings Catcher app is property of Walmart. The operation of the app is simple. Shoppers scan their receipt bar code and upload them to the app. The app quickly compares the advertised prices of top competitors with the price at which Walmart sold the product to their shopper. Should the product be available for less elsewhere, Walmart will make you a refund for the price difference in the form of an electronic gift card. To download the app, visit SavingsCatcher.walmart.com.

4. Ebates

The Ebates app is already popular with several shoppers. Ebates gives you cash back for any product you purchase from a retailer through their website. Ebates is affiliated with more than 1800 retailers. Once you visit a particular retailer from an Ebates link, Ebates is paid a certain commission if you make the purchase. Ebates pays you exactly 50% of whatever they receive as commission to you as a cash back bonus for the purchase you made. To download the Ebates App visit Ebates.com.

5. Coupons.com

Coupons.com offers free printable coupons for a wide range of grocery items ranging from coffee to fresh chicken. All you need to do is download and install their mobile app from Coupons.com. Once the app is installed, you can browse the extensive coupons gallery, select and print the coupons you want and redeem.

6. OutOfMilk.com

Out Of Milk is a phone based app that allows you to create grocery lists and share them with other members of your household. By doing this, you prevent the wasteful mistake of getting the same items twice. Imagine you just bought a cartoon of milk and your spouse did the same. This will amount to a waste of hard-earned cash, but when you download and install the Out Of Milk app, there is no chance of this situation occuring. To download the app visit Google Play or the iTunes store.

7. Grocery Pal

Grocery Pal is a phone based app that notifies shoppers of weekly savings and sales at many leading supermarkets, retailers and pharmacies. To download this app, visit the iTunes store for Apple devices or the Google Play store for Android.

8. SavingStar App

SavingStar is an app that enables you to earn cash back on in-store grocery purchases in over 60,000 locations. Simply download the app and install it on your phone. Then regularly search for deals, offers and freebies. To download the Saving Star app, visit the iTunes store for Apple devices or the Google Play store for Android.

9. Supercook

Supercook is a phone based app that helps you create a meal out of whatever few groceries you can afford to buy. The app actually scans top cooking websites to find delicious recipes based on your affordable and available ingredients. Also, the app enables you to buy only the ingredients you need to cook a meal. To download this app, visit SuperCook.com.

Updated May 2017

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