Making ends meet while having money for extracurricular activities is a challenge for many families. If you’re looking for ways to stretch your family’s dollar, it’s time to get creative with a tried-and-true savings tool — coupons. These coupon sites and apps will help you and your family save on the essentials and services you need, as well as the experiences you crave:
Saving at the grocery
If your local grocery store is a large chain like Publix, check their site for downloadable coupons. It takes only a few minutes to search the digital coupons you need, select the ones you want, download them and redeem at checkout. Expand your list of applicable Publix coupons with a visit to the company website.
To help you stick to your list at any grocery store you shop at, download the Ibotta app. According to The Balance writer Eric Rosenberg, the app will populate coupons based on the items on your list, as well as match your buying habits. You don’t need a coupon to buy the items; just make sure to check them off in the Ibotta app before you ring up your items. Once you’ve put your groceries away at home, grab the receipt and select the redeem option on the app. “You will have to scan the barcode on the item and your receipt, and you should get credit for the purchase within a day, though it might be as fast as a few minutes,” explains Rosenberg.
Saving while shopping
Sometimes you don’t know where your shopping needs will take you. Coupon Sherpa will help you save while on the retail trail. The site boasts over 30,000 coupons to print, codes to use in a variety of stores. Printable coupons are plentiful on the site, and the mobile app is a great savings companion when you’re out and about, adds Rosenberg.
Saving on adventures and family fun
If your family is eager to try a new restaurant or family-friendly activity, Groupon is a valuable source to help you save. Groupon offers savings on services, household items, flowers, restaurants, aquariums, resorts and more. You can choose among categories like health and fitness, home services, retail, online learning and food prep and delivery. It even offers options to save on items for your furry family members. “These can be big money savers at places you already go and help you find new places at a lower cost,” according to Rosenberg. Just make sure you pay attention to the fine print on any Groupon you purchase. The promotional value of the Groupon is time-sensitive. Check that expiration date to ensure you don’t miss out on the savings. “Once they expire, you can still redeem for the cash value you paid,” he adds.
Every cent you save adds up, and these coupon tips will help you find the best deals on everything you need for your family.