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It's pretty easy to find grocery coupons in the newspaper and online for popular

Grocery coupons are getting easier to find
Grocery coupons are getting easier to find
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It's pretty easy to find grocery coupons in the newspaper and online for popular items and staples such as cereal, laundry detergent, and toothpaste. But, there are many times, especially at stores like Whole Foods, where coupons are not as common. They have their "Whole Deal" flyer you can find, which certainly helps if you are going to the shop there. But, what if you could use your smartphone to find additional coupons? Enter apps such as Ibotta, Checkout 51, and SavingStar. Today, I am going to speak a bit about how these can help you find coupons and rebates where you might not have thought existed.

First, if you haven't already, download them from the Google Play or Apple App Store, register, and pull them up. All three basically work off the same principle: search for a coupon you are interested in, "clip it," and use it. However, here's the twist. Instead of getting an instant discount when you buy a particular product, you receive a rebate for your purchase which you later cash out with PayPal, Venmo, Amazon, or your bank. I have used SavingStar and just cashed out my first rebate the other day after I hit the $5 minimum. Hey, it's $5 I didn't have to do much for.

Ibotta and Checkout 51 work a bit differently. With those apps, you search for a particular store and product, select it, and then once you make your purchase, you must upload the receipt to prove that you bought it. A bit of a hassle, but if you have some down time say on your commute (assuming you aren't driving, of course), spend a minute or two uploading and you can rack of additional grocery coupons savings quickly. Yesterday, I uploaded a receipt for Scrubbing Bubbles cleaner to Checkout 51, and now have $2 pending in my account.

As with SavingStar, Checkout 51 and Ibotta require you to hit a rebate threshold before you can cash out. Checkout 51 requires $20 but Ibotta is only $5, so that's even faster. With these apps, its very easy to find grocery coupons that you might not have thought existed, or, use in addition to the ones you present at the grocery store. Check the out today and let me know your experience with them.