More Bang For Your Buck: Money saving apps

More Bang For Your Buck: Money saving apps

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you hate clipping coupons, there's a way to save, and you only need your smartphone.

The new app on the block is Find and Save. First, you swipe your favorite stores to the right. The app shows you what's on sale at all of those retailers, but the cash dash is what makes this app worth it. Cash dash shows you the offer. One deal this week, a $5 rebate when you spend $20 at Toys R Us. You walk into the store, open the app and shop, then snap a picture of your receipt and submit it. You get confirmation in three days, and money is deposited into your PayPal account. You've got about two days to act before the offers expire.

If you shop at Target, Kohl's, Best Buy or Whole Foods, you could be earning gift cards just by walking into stores. These are among many retailers that are part of the Chameleon app. You get five points when you sign up with a referral code and one point every time you physically go in the store and open the app. Once you hit 20 points, you can cash out for a $5 gift card. Chameleon also has coupon codes and current sales.

Moving to the supermarket, the Grocery IQ app organizes your grocery list by store aisle, so items are easier to find. You can also try Grocery Gadget, which lets you take and send pictures of items so you don't buy the wrong thing if you're not the one who usually shops.

If math is not your forte and you want to save money, try the Apples 2 Oranges app which comparison shops for you. It breaks down prices of products that use different measurements, like liters versus ounces, to make sure you know which is the better deal.

If you have a favorite store, make sure you download their app. Many offer exclusive savings and coupons that you'd otherwise miss.

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