Coupon apps are becoming more and more common for all sorts of shoppers, and are especially relevant for teachers.
Coupon apps are popping up all over the place and there’s no reason you shouldn’t have one or two of them in your teacher-classroom-school-supplies portfolio.
At the end of this article, we’ll also supply you with some links to other coupon resources we’ve published here at SimpleK12.
Coupon apps are wonderful tools to use any time of the year, but I’m sure you’ll find them especially useful during the holidays.
Here are four coupon apps that I’m investigating and using:
Ibotta (think I-bought-a) works a little differently than most coupon sites and apps. With Ibotta, once you have a free account, you submit receipts for selected items and receive a rebate. The last time I checked, they honor receipts from over 160 stores, including many of the biggies such as Walmart, Target, Kroger, Publix, Walgreens, and CVS. This app plugs your savings into a PayPal account or into various gift cards.
Are you a price-match type shopper? If so, then you’re going to love the Savings Catcher, because the app does all the work for you. You scan your Wal-Mart receipts into the app within a week after purchase, and the app literally goes to town for you in search of lower prices on the same items at the store’s major competitors. If the app finds a difference, it will deposit that amount into a Wal-Mart gift card.
This app gives you big box store shopping online, either at the website or via the app. You shop and buy your household goods in bulk quantities or sizes and then Boxed packs and ships your items in the next couple of days. Oh, and there’s no shipping charge, nor are there any sign-up or membership fees. I am fond of this app because it requires so little work, and you don’t have to deal with actual coupons… just look for low prices and order. At SimpleK12, you know we’re fond of professional development in your PJs, so think of Boxed as shopping in your PJs.
You can think of Retail Me Not as a massive coupon saver. You save your favorite stores (either online or via the app), and the site shows you coupons from those stores. Retail Me Not also delivers daily deals across all stores in its system (and they say they have 50,000, although sadly they don’t have my local favorite grocery, Publix), as well as providing selected other deals from stores and products similar to those you’re interested in. You just tap and save the coupons you want and then show them on your smartphone in the store.
Here are some related resources about coupon apps at SimpleK12 that you may want to investigate:
Do you use any of these coupon apps? Give it to me — what do you like and not like about them? Have you been successful in using these apps, or similar ones, for classroom supplies? Please share your experiences in the Comments section below.