Every time I watch an episode of Extreme Couponing, I have to wonder if the results are worth the effort. Buying hundreds of dollars worth of stuff for a fraction of the price sounds great, but most people don’t want to dedicate an entire day planning a trip to the store.
For saner shoppers, smartphones are an excellent way to save money without going berserk. There are numerous apps that catalog and list coupon codes – so many, in fact, that slogging through them can be a chore. Fortunately, I’ve already done that for you, and I’ve come away with three apps that stand out from the crowd.
Coupon Cloud [No Longer Available]
Just look at the name of this Android coupon app. Catchy, right? It’s also not really true, because there’s nothing that would fit the definition of cloud computing here. You should forgive it for its misleading name however, because it’s a great coupon app.
When I first started this app I noticed immediately how smooth it felt and how quickly it loaded. This is not something that can be taken for granted. It seems that everyone has their own take on the coupon app, but many of the entries are slow and clunky.
In addition to this, it’s just simple. This does mean that it lacks the features of the other two apps, but it also means deals are easy to find if you want to search by category rather than store or location. Also, I noticed that Coupon Cloud seems to focus on online offers rather than local ones, which is a niche the other apps I came to like don’t fill.
Want to find deals near you? GeoQpon is the app for you. As the name implies, it’s focused on presenting users with deals based on location. That’s handy for many users, but it will be of particular use to people who travel frequently.
There’s a lot of selection presented by this app, but despite that, the menus remain easy to use. The entire experience feels nearly as quick as Coupon Cloud, which is considerably more limited in scope. Filtering is here in spades as well, as users can list coupons by category and view them based on either location or brand.
Once you’ve decided a deal is appealing you can open it via Google Maps using the app interface or you can call the store for directions and hours. This is another trait that makes this app stand out, as not all coupon apps make it so easy to find the deals that they list.
Grocery Smarts [No Longer Available]
At first glance, Grocery Smarts is a rather ugly little app. While fairly smooth, it’s mostly done in black and white, which gives off an amateur impression compared to the other apps listed here.
As I dug deeper however, I found that I liked what Grocery Smarts offers. Calling this a coupon app isn’t entirely accurate. Instead, this app sorts through grocery store advertisements and lists all of their current deals, including those that do not require a coupon. Often these deals can save you even more than coupons do.
Better yet, Grocery Smarts lets you add items to a list, and will then tell you the expected total of your purchases. You can save the list and retrieve it when you do your shopping. These features are enough for me to forgive the unpleasant appearance – although hopefully the developers will address it.
These three apps are my personal favorites, excluding some of the more obvious contenders such as Groupon. However, there are a lot of coupon apps on the market, and while I tried many of them I didn’t try them all. If you use a coupon app that you believe others should try, let us know about the best Android coupon apps in the comments.