So...here's my top 5 MUST have list of apps for the money savvy person with an Android or Apple Smart Phone. Some of these aren't available on Apple...I'll mention it if they are.
5. Ibotta Android and Apple Compatible
Pros: More green friendly than coupons. Easy to save. You can use a manufacturer coupon when you buy the product AND then get the money back for the product. Example: There's a Tresemme rebate on Ibotta right now where if you buy a 32 oz (specified type) of Tresseme you get a $1.50 back. You can also use a $1.00/1 Tresseme coupon when you buy it in stores. So if you bought it from Walmart for about $3.34, you can use the $1.00/1 Tresseme coupon so you pay $2.34 in store. Submit your receipt to Ibotta and get back $1.50 on top of that, making the final price: $0.84. Not bad! Also, the Paypal transfer is fast.
Cons: Scanning of the barcode can be tricky on Android devices. They're working on it, though. And it's a little time consuming to watch videos and answer polls. Product list is still kind of small as well. Again, it's new, so this will only improve.
4. Hotel Tonight Android and Apple Compatible
Pros: Great for last minute. App is easy to use. No coupons required. Extra bonus credit for sign up can make your hotel as cheap as $50!
Cons: Only currently supports major US cities. Can't book ahead of time. Literally only for TONIGHT.
3. The Coupons App Android Compatible
Pros: Easy to use. Quick to scroll through. Wide variety of selections.
Cons: Selections tend to be limited. Mostly good for clothing stores and online shopping codes.
2. Wrapp Android and Apple Compatible
Pros: FREE GIFT CARDS. Doesn't get better than that. Great for spouses. Send a gift card to your spouse and your spouse can send one to you. Double the gift cards for free! Great for last minute gifts so you don't even have to go to the store.
Cons: List of free gift cards is small and for small amounts. You have to install the app to use the gift cards, so for people you send the gift card to, they may think it's spam because it's too good to be true.
And Here is THE number 1 app for free stuff and saving money in my book:
Shopkick Android and Apple Compatible
Shopkick gets you points (called "kicks") for literally walking into a store. Not for buying anything, just for walking in. You can also get kicks for scanning products in-store. Not for buying and THEN scanning, JUST for scanning. You use these "kicks" to earn gift cards or products in-app. Gift cards like Target, Best Buy, Starbucks, Macy's and more. It doesn't take a lot of kicks to earn a gift card either. 500 kicks gets you a $2 gift card to Target. My husband downloaded (see: I took his phone and downloaded it for him) the shopkick app when we walked into Target the other day. He got 50 kicks for signing up under me. He got 200 kicks for walking into Target. He scanned (see: I scanned for him) the products you could scan for points in Target. By the time we left after shopping at Target, he had already earned more than enough kicks to get a $2 gift card. The gift cards aren't sent to you in the mail and you don't have to print anything off, you "purchase" one in-app, and they just appear in your "rewards" section. You click the gift card and the barcode pops up for the cashier to scan. Viola! Easy as pie! Not only do you get kicks, but the lookbooks you can look through have specific coupons that are only found in Shopkick. Pretty great! I've been shopkicking for 2 months and have already earned well over $16 in gift cards for just walking into stores I already go in the first place.
Tip: When you see a blue star in the corner of a lookbook (you'll know what that is after downloading the app) that means there's a "surprise" inside that will hold extra kicks or bonuses =)
Pros: SUPER easy to use. Easy to collect kicks. Use kicks for gift cards and things I actually want! Who doesn't want a Starbucks gift card?? I can even get Target gift cards to buy groceries. I can coupon for my groceries to make my gift cards last longer, too. Great selection.
Cons: Sometimes when you walk into the store it can be buggy (see: Macy's and Best Buy) and not recognize you're in the store right away. Tip: Go near the store's speakers, that's where the Shopkick signal is projected from. VERY rarely it will be picky on the product you scan for points. Make sure you pay attention to the details.
I hope you enjoyed my post on how to save money and free things. Feel free to comment with other apps and ways you use YOUR smartphone to save money and to get free stuff! We're only 16 days into 2013 and I've already received almost $100 in things I ACTUALLY wanted or needed for FREE thanks to my cell phone. Not bad for 16 days ;) Click here to get it: http://get.shopkick.com/