What makes a shopaholic the happiest? Being one myself, I can vouch that it’s buying the product at the lowest price possible. I mean, who wants a dent in the wallet, right? (Given my shopping behavior, it’s pretty easy.) If you don’t use coupons, you’re missing out on a lot of savings!
And to help you out, here’s a list of the best coupon apps for iPhone and iPad. Many of these also have a website, so you can use a laptop too. Let’s jump to the apps!
1. Ibotta: Editor’s choice
Ibotta is one the best coupon apps out there because it is easy to use, features many offers, and provides cashback on groceries and other purchases from over 500,000 retailers and brands, including Walmart, Uber, DoorDash, eBay, and beyond. Pretty impressive!
Further, Ibotta has minimal terms and conditions and claims to have given over $1 billion in rewards so far. I don’t doubt it, considering that users receive real cash. The app also saves you from the entire hassle of coupons and promo codes, making it way more convenient!
All you have to do is create a free account on Ibotta, find your nearest or favorite shops, explore offers, claim cashback on purchases you plan to make, and add it to your shopping list. Once you purchase the eligible item(s), whether online or offline, share your proof of purchase. You’ll receive the cashback in your Ibotta account.
Ibotta has over 500 exclusive cashback offers for pickup and delivery from popular grocery stores and delivery services.
However, you can only withdraw your earnings from Ibotta once you reach the $20 threshold via PayPal or a digital gift card. Additionally, you must note that Ibotta will charge $3.99 per month from your earnings if you don’t use the app for 6 months.
- Big savings on many stores
- Easy to use and link
- Wide range of offers in all niches
- Multiple payment methods
- Quick cashback
- Minimum $20 threshold for cashout
- $3.99 monthly fees will be charged from your earnings if you don’t use the app for 180 days
2. Groupon: Best location-based offers
If you are always out and about looking for offers you can claim instantly without any hassle, Groupon is the app for you. This unique app puts together great deals on all the best things to eat, see, and do locally as well globally.
With Groupon, you can simply find the perfect offer and redeem it directly from your phone! The best part is that since Groupon is present in 29 countries, you can simply change the location and find the deals and discounts to plan a budget-friendly trip.
Further, the platform also launched Groupon+, allowing users to link eligible credit cards to their account and get a cashback every time they spend! The cashback will be credited completely automatically and will show up in your next credit card statement.
Besides, the app seamlessly integrates with Apple Pay and lets you buy deals with a single touch.
Not all deals are what they seem at first glance. Hence, before you ‘view the voucher’, read the fine print carefully to catch any significant terms of using it.
- Fast and simple
- Location-based offers
- Also offers cashback on card payments
- You can share deals with friends
- Available in 29 countries
- Cashback expires in some time
3. RetailMeNot: Highest number of offers
It is highly likely that you have already heard about RetailMeNot. But what makes it so special? For starters, RetailMeNot has more offers than others on this list. The app conveniently sorts its 210,000 offers into codes for everything from food deliveries and books to beauty products and travel. Hence, there’s something for everyone.
Besides, it offers deals on popular brands and retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Adidas, The Home Depot, and Staples. And RetailMeNot even claims that its customers save over $10 per delivery. So, why should you miss out?
While signing up isn’t mandatory on RetailMeNot as you can view deals and coupons even without it, signing up unlocks more features of the app. The platform also has a quick access section to find deals on your favorite destinations faster. The app will also notify you whenever there is something you shouldn’t miss out on!
Note that you must visit RetailMeNot and have it redirect you to the shopping destination to earn the cashback. Further, you can redeem your balance with PayPal or Venmo once you accumulate $5. However, it makes sense to compare the cashback rewards on RetailMeNot and Rakuten to ensure you score the best deal.
- Features real cash rewards
- Has a coupon rating system
- Keeps you updated with the latest offers
- Registration isn’t mandatory
- Online and in-store offers
- Finding discount codes can be time consuming
- Minimum $5 threshold to withdraw earnings
4. GoodRx – Prescription Saver: Best for medicines
Medical bills are often the biggest expense, and having enough funds for all of them can be quite tough sometimes. That is exactly why, unlike the other apps on this list, GoodRx focuses on getting you the best deals on medical drugs and claims to offer up to 80% off on your prescriptions.
Furthermore, you don’t have to sign up to access deals. All you have to do is download the app or visit its website and search with the drug’s name. It will display a list of the nearby pharmacies offering the lowest prices. Now, access the free coupon for the medicine and show it to your pharmacist.
The app makes it easy to find sale prices, manufacturer coupons, pharmacy discounts, and valuable savings tips.
Moreover, over 70,000 pharmacies in the US accept GoodRx. This includes major retail chains like Kroger, Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens.
While GoodRx is free, there is a premium membership program GoodRx Gold. This promises to save even more money on your medicines.
- Big savings on medicines
- Compares prices of pharmacies near you
- Doesn’t require registration
- 70,000+ Pharmacies in the US accept GoodRx
- Shows both – generic and brand listings
- Inaccurate discount prices in some cases
5. Rakuten: Offers a $10 welcome bonus
Rakuten is the best app that offers you cashback on shopping and a welcome bonus in terms of a gift card or cashback. The app boasts offers for over 3,500+ stores, including Walmart, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Nike, and Ulta. However, it is lower in comparison to Ibotta and Groupon.
You need to create an account to shop online using Rakuten’s app, website, or browser extension and earn cashback. All you need to do is browse the offer and claim the ones you plan to redeem. Once you activate the offer and purchase, you will receive cashback in your Rakuten account.
However, you must either link a debit or credit card to your Rakuten account or shop from its affiliate link to earn cashback. Once your wallet hits $5, the app will transfer the money via check or to your PayPal account quarterly. Hence, ensure to add your payment details right when setting up the account.
I love Rakuten’s application’s well-made user interface. Moreover, you can also get additional cashback if you refer a friend to the app too.
However, there’re a few catches. You must shop for $25 or above within 90 days of joining Rakuten to earn a $10 welcome bonus. Moreover, you must read fine prints carefully to see if the purchase is eligible for cashback before redeeming the offer.
- Excellent user interface
- Cash bonus or gift card to new members
- A wide range of categories
- Don’t need to share proof of purchase
- Necessary to link credit/debit card
- Quarterly cashback payout on minimum $5 threshold
- Not all cashback are eligible on every purchase. Read the fine print.
6. Dosh: Great deals on hotel stays
Dosh is one of the most popular and easy-to-use apps on this list. The best part is that it is entirely automatic after setting it up once. It tracks transactions linked to your card and credits cashback to your Dosh account on eligible purchases.
For setting up your account, you simply have to link your card. Once done, you will automatically receive up to a 10% discount on every transaction made with its 15,000+ supported stores, including Walmart, Costco, Sephora, and Dunkin. Once your balance exceeds $25, Dosh will transfer the earnings to your bank, Venmo, or PayPal account.
Dosh uses bank-level security (256-bit encryption) and also supports two-factor authentication. However, you must note that Dosh doesn’t store your data on its server. Instead, it uses Braintree, PayPal’s payment processing service, to store your data. Hence, you can rest assured of your data’s security.
Dosh also has a referral program where you can get paid for referring it to friends or family. Besides, you can also earn $20 on top of an almost 40% discount when booking a hotel. Incredible, right?
However, like Ibotta, if your Dosh account is inactive for 12 months or longer, you will be charged $4.99 a month as a service charge.
- No need to print
- Handy referral program
- Automatic cashback
- Bank-level security
- 15,000 retailers and restaurants
- Great discounts on hotel stays
- Mandatory to link a card and shop using a card
- Minimum $25 threshold for cashout
- Tracks your card transactions
- $4.99 monthly service charge if you don’t use Dosh app for 1 year or more
7. Coupons.com – Shop & Earn Cash: Best for groceries
Coupons.com is the best app a regular grocery shopper could have asked for. The user gets a $5 welcome bonus when redeeming an offer for the first time in the app. Unlike other apps, there are no hidden costs or fees for using the app.
The app boasts offers from over 1000s stores like Target, Kroger, Whole Foods, Walmart, Costco, and Dollar General, all within a single app. All you have to do is sign up, find offers, add/activate the offer you like to your shopping list, and make the purchase.
However, you will have to link your loyalty card or membership program to your account if the store supports it or else share the receipt of your purchase with the app.
Once Coupons.com verifies your purchase, you will get instant cashback to your PayPal account. There is no minimum threshold for cashback.
If you love printable coupons, the platform doesn’t allow you to print more than 2 coupons.
- Best discounts on groceries
- Instant cashback
- Promo codes, printable coupons, store loyalty cards, and more to save money
- A $5 welcome bonus
- You can only print 2 coupons
- Difficult to check in-store offer eligibility
8. Receipt Hog – Shopping Rewards: Best for offline shopping
If you are someone who enjoys visiting actual stores and shopping, Receipt Hog is for you. However, this isn’t limited to offline shopping. Receipt Hog also supports a few online shopping sites.
To get started, you need to create a free account on the app or website and fill in your personal details. You’ll also receive 50 free coins once done.
Unlike other apps that require you to find offers and activate them, this app requires you to upload the receipt of your purchase from the supporting brand on the app. Additionally, you also have to answer some basic questions about your trip.
This will earn you rewards like in-app bonuses, coins, or sweepstake entries based on the value of your receipt, which you can redeem for cash. However, the minimum cashout value is 1,000 coins. Once you reach this threshold, you can redeem them via PayPal or for a gift card.
While Receipt Hog is more time-consuming than the other apps on this list, it can also lead to greater savings than the others, making it worth the extra effort.
- Big savings on many stores
- Greater rewards than other apps
- Convenient and fun
- Earn coins or slot spins
- Not all receipts earn you coins
- Minimum threshold for cashout is quite high
9. Honey: Easiest to use
Honey is one of the most popular Chrome extensions, which gradually developed into an app as well. It is the easiest-to-use app on this list. Moreover, Honey is owned by PayPal, one of the leading digital payment platforms. Hence, you don’t have to worry about your safety and security.
Honey helps you find deals on products from over 30,000 online retailers. It works with thousands of websites like Amazon, Nike, Adidas, etc., and has a massive database of coupon codes.
All you have to do is download its extension or app and sign up for a free membership. Next, go to the checkout section of the website you are purchasing from, and Honey will automatically pop up if there are available coupons.
Honey also keeps track of the products you are looking to buy and notifies you every time there is a drop in price for any of them.
While its browser extension is available in multiple countries, the app is limited to the US for now.
- Fully automatic
- Easy to use and link
- Massive database of coupons
- Challenging to find useful coupons
- Can be redeemed only for gift cards
While everyone loves saving money, many don’t know that coupon apps exist or think of them as scams. This list of the best coupon apps for iPhone and iPad will help you score cool deals that will indeed help save on your purchases or even earn from them.
Which coupon apps do you use to save? Share in the comments below.
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