11 FREE Apps That Help You Save BIG

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Best Free Apps

Did you know that you can earn cash by purchasing products that you are planning to buy anyways (products that you may also be able to score Free or cheap with coupons!) with various grocery apps or just for sharing your shopping insights and observations?! Below are my favorite Free apps that will help save you time and money…



One of my favorite apps! ๐Ÿ™‚ With the FREE Ibotta App, you can unlock offers by completing various tasks, such as learning a fact or watching a short video. Then, search for offers in-store by scanning the barcode of items that are buying.

After making a purchase, you can submit a rebate by tapping on โ€œredeemโ€ for eligible items purchased. Then scan the product bar code and submit a picture of your receipt. Go here to watch my detailed video on how to use the Ibotta App.

Find & Save


Find&Save is a FREE app that lets you browse all the sales in your area, all in one place, from retailers such as Macy’s, Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Home Depot, Staples and Best Buy, just to name a few (over 500 stores available). Theyโ€™ll even tell you when youโ€™re near a store where you can earn cash via their Cash Dash alerts. Then just snap and submit a picture of your receipt and you’ll get paid just for shopping! Browse the latest sales, deals and coupons, and make your cash go even further.

*NOTE – Be sure to use referral code WXH6 when signing up.



Shopkick is a FREE location-based shopping app for iTunes or Android devices that gives you rewards and offers simply for walking into stores, for scanning products, and for making purchases.

Once you are a Shopkick user, you can collect kickbucks and bonuses at millions of stores and restaurants in America including Macy’s, Target, Best Buy, JCPenney and more. You can then redeem your kickbucks for rewards for various gift cards, such as Target, Starbucks, Best Buy, and more!

Checkout 51

Checkout 51

Browse through the different Checkout 51 offers available and buy participating items from the “Offer List.” Upload a photo of your entire receipt using the app or website (it is recommended that you upload your receipt immediately after purchase since there are only limited quantities of offers available).

When your account reaches $20, you can cash out and theyโ€™ll mail you a check. Note that offers go live on Thursdays at 12AM in each time zone and they expire the following Wednesday at 11:59PM in each time zone. You must submit the receipts while the offers are live.


Shrink App

Get cash back with the FREE Shrink App whenever you purchase select items at the grocery store AND earn rewards for buying certain items as well. Shrink recommends items based on your preferences (and you earn cash for trying these products!); and if you buy these items multiple times, you can even unlock loyalty rewards!

Browse through Shrinkโ€™s offers and click the Reserve button to claim the offers you like before theyโ€™re gone. After you’ve purchased the item(s), just snap a picture of your receipt. Once you have reached a total of $20, you can redeem your cash back via Paypal.



Want to discover new products at your local store for FREE or at a reduced cost?ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ The FREE Shopmium App, available for both iPhones and Smartphones running Android 2.2 and up, allows you to do just that! Even sweeter, enter the referral codeย GHUEYUVP when signing up to snag a FREE Lindt Chocolate Bar!

Shopmium offers up exclusive offers available at your local neighborhood stores and allows you to try products for free or to receive a cash rebate for purchasing select products. Just buy the product at your local store, take a picture, submit your receipt and get your refund! Go here for more details.


Saving Star

View offers on your mobile app or online โ€“ there are often 100% cash back โ€œsurpriseโ€ freebies during the month. Then, use your registered card at checkout as you normally do. For receipt-scan stores, take a picture of your receipt and submit through the SavingStar app or website.

Note that discounts are not received at checkout but will be posted in your account within 2-22 days depending on the store. In addition to cashing out your earnings using your bank account or PayPal, you can use your earnings to score Starbucks eGift Cards, AMC Theatres eGift Cards and iTunes Gift Codes.


MobiSave App

With the FREE MobiSave app, you can add offers to your account and redeem then at ANY store! You can submit your receipts and will get paid via PayPal within 24 hours. There are no inactivity fees, no minimum threshold for payouts, and you can browse offers with or without a phone signal. Go here for more details.

Target Cartwheel


If you shop at Target often, you’ll want to be sure and download the FREE Cartwheel Savings App! Just head over here, sign in/register for an account and then add the offers you want (the number of offers you can save to your account will vary by user). Then just print out or show your unique barcode on your mobile device at checkout and the applicable savings will be deducted.

You can manage your Cartwheel list from anywhere โ€“ Cartwheel.com on any web browser, from your desktop, or on your mobile device. The offers will be valid on specific items and each Cartwheel offer may be used for up to a maximum of 4 qualifying items per offer per transaction, unless otherwise noted. There is a limit of 1 Cartwheel barcode per transaction and 6 Cartwheel transactions per day.

Key Ring

Tired of carrying around tons of store loyalty cards? Download the FREE Key Ring App and you can eliminate the store loyalty cards youโ€™ve got hanging off your keys – just scan them straight from your phone at the checkout counter. Once you add your supermarket loyalty card, you can browse coupons specific to your store. Just scan the bar code on your loyalty card to add to the app.

With Key Ring, you can even browse weekly ads from your area right within the app! Just “pin” items or promotions within the weekly ad and add them to your shopping list. You can even share the list with your husband, and have him do the shopping! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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Another one of my favorite apps! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The FREE Hip2Save App is available for iPhones/iPad/iPod Touch, Android and Kindle devices. In addition to bringing you all the latest deals, coupons and freebies, the Hip2Save app offers lots of extras like a budgeting tool, weekly contest, store coupon policies at your finger tips, restaurant deals tab, hot offers alert and more! Plus, each week, I will choose one Hip2Save App User to win a $50 Amazon eCard!

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Comments 144

  1. Miriam

    My fav app by a large margin?? Hip2save!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Jennifer

      I second that!

  2. Delia

    Zappidy is out of business.

    • Roy

      yup… Zap is dead!!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Well darn…thanks for letting me know. I just updated the post!

    • laura

      Yep like 5 months or so ago?

      • kw

        Yes….Zappidy sent me an email the 1st wk of January saying it was closing the next day.

    • Krissy

      My favorite too!

  3. K

    I love Mobisave. They don’t have a ton of offers but the $ goes into PayPal right away (within minutes). No waiting to reach a threshold.

  4. Crystal

    I love Find & Save! Super easy and adds up quick! Please use my code CMJF when you first open the app. http://fns.co/ZYcc/UMYWcOPiks

    • Mary

      I used your code Crystal ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks!

      • Crystal

        Thanks Mary!!

  5. Deb

    I gave up on Checkout 51 once I reached $20 and cashed out. Very few items that my family used and even the “choose your own offer” area only gave you back $.25 for one item a week. I had high hopes for that app, too.

    • Susan

      I haven’t given up yet but I have thought about it for the same reason. Today I only qualified for the 25 cent produce item and decided it wasn’t worth uploading my receipt because it was very long and I have trouble half way through with the pictures going out of focus and it takes multiple tries to get a clear pic. At least I now know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Thanks for your comment.

    • Amanda

      Yeah I agree, seems like every week all I was putting in for was bananas. Now they took away that under the pick your own offer. ๐Ÿ˜”

    • SAM

      I agree. All I ever do is upload my receipts for the $500 giveaway. Lol

    • SJ

      Gave up on Checkout 51 last summer for much the same reason. Problematic for little $.

      • Gillian

        Checkout 51 now has many more offers. You may want to try it again. I find that with the new offers I am earning much faster now.

    • Carla

      I’ve been using Checkout 51 for a long time and there are SO many high value offers. I love it. I find making $ on that app adds up quickly

    • Sara

      I thought I was the only one who thinks checkout 51 is a bust! When I got to $20 I told my husband I had never worked so long and so hard for $20!

    • Nicole

      it took me a year to cash out $20 but I figured it’s just free money so why not?

    • llc

      me too. It took my almost a year to get to $20. I cashed out and deleted the app. I found it was a huge battery drain and I was barely ever using it. Check your apps battery usuage and youll see which ones are battery hogs regardless of use.

    • Gina

      I uninstalled check out long time so useless and ibotta to complicated But I LOVE Saving star sace so far $100 $)

  6. Sara

    The Walmart Savings Catcher is one I like. Just scan your receipt; if it finds a lower price you get the difference back.

    • Pamela

      I also love Walmart Savings Catcher. Almost every receipt that I scan I receive money back on. Very simple to do. You can also go on-line to savingscatcher.com on your computer, create an account and type in the transaction number and date on the receipt. It takes about 2 to 3 days to hear if they found any savings for you. With price matching, printable and newspaper coupons, Ibotta and other savings apps coupled with savings catcher you can save a lot of money.

      • MrsFelix1004

        I love Walmart too! I got $89.23 back from June to December last year! It is so easy to use.

    • llc

      Im signing up now…never knew about this. Thanks for the heads up.

  7. Josh

    I use Find&Save to get cash back when I shop and you should too! Please use my code C9GF when you first open the app. http://fns.co/ZYcc/oP9Hijoqjs

    • Roy

      Find and Save rocks!!

  8. Diana

    I love shopkick. So simple and easy. Just walk in specific stores for points and/or scan products with your phone. I cash in my kicks for gift cards.

    • Carla

      For me, shop kick is kind of a pain in the butt bc you have to remember to take out your phone and open the app as you walk in. So annoying. I don’t always have time for that.

  9. Kellyfornia

    I like Find & Save. A varieties of different offers.

    Please use my code QJKS when you first open the app. http://fns.co/ZYcc/NdusHSCols

    Thanks. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  10. Amanda

    I never heard of mobisave, looks like they have a lot of great offers! Thanks for posting this!

  11. Heather

    Find and Save. Love it.

    • Cathy

      Heather-do you have a share code? I will sign up under you

      • Kellyfornia

        If you don’t get a referral for Find&Save from Heather I would appreciate it if you would use mine.
        Code QJKS

      • Heather

        That is incredibly sweet. I would appreciate that! Code is….

        • Kristy

          I used u too heather.

          • Heather

            Ohhhh thank you! So sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Roy

    Key ring is great! I have been using it for a few years now. I totally agree that find and save needs to be added to this list!

  13. dary

    I tried to download zapiddy but there’s nothing

  14. Roy

    AND if you don’t mind taking pictures of you receipts, there are three more app that I know of. RecieptPal, Receipt Hog, and Yaarlo.

    • Sarah C

      Punch card works like receipt hog. For mPoints. mPoints plus is another great one

  15. Kim

    I don’t see Dollar General on Ibotta anymore ๐Ÿ™ ????

    • Shel

      Kim: I just checked mine, and Dollar General is still there. You may need to scroll down (mine was further down on the list than usual), or use the “search” bar at the top of the screen and type in the store name. Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Kim

        Oh good. maybe I’ll update app. My phone has been so buggy lately. Ty!

  16. Grace

    I love a Find & Save! Please use code 9FVN when you first open the app. More stores to choose from ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Kellyfornia

    I like ibotta too.

    You can earn an extra $10 when you sign up.

    Use my referral code, h2ryq,
    Sign up at

  18. Cathy

    If you are signing up for find and save, please use my share code WXBX. Thanks!!!

    • Sue

      Can someone explain how to use find and save please?

      • iKelly

        Hi Sue. I use Find&Save quite a bit. Some examples of offers are…Spend $25 at Children’s Place and get a $1. or Spend $8 at Target including Dove Soap and get 50c. or At any store spend $25 including a loaf of bread and get 50c. Other stores with offers are Costco, JCP, Best Buy, Dollar General, Walmart, CVS, Whole Foods. The list goes on. All you have to do is download the app and take a photo of your receipt. Once you hit $25 (I think) it gets deposited into PayPal.
        Here’s a referral code if you want to check it out. Code QJKS when you first open the app. http://fns.co/ZYcc/NdusHSCols

  19. Chels

    Yaarlo is another cash back app! You scan your receipts and it gives you a percentage of money back based on the category it falls under. It may take awhile to cash out ($20) but it’s free money for things your buying anyways! Please use my referral code CHELSEES901 if your looking to signup!

    • Michelle

      Chels, I used your code for yaarlo. By the way the 901 number in your code doesn’t stand for Memphis area code by any chance does it?๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜Š

      • Ruby

        Michelle what’s your code so I can use it to sign up for yaarlo, if you don’t mind.

  20. Lauren

    I was able to get to $25 pretty quick with “Find and Save”. Lots of merchants to choose from. Please feel free to use my referral. Thanks! http://fns.co/ZYcc/dDOXI3otjs C896

    • Melissa Mahaney

      Lauren, I signed up using your code. ๐Ÿ˜€ If anyone would like to sign up, my code is: WXX7. Thank you!

      • Kristen C

        Melissa, I signed up using your code! Let’s keep the chain going!! If anyone would like to sign up, my code is: WXRW.

        • Lily

          Kristen, I signed up using your code.
          Where do I find my share code to share with others? Thanks.

          • Ruby

            Lily post your Referal link and I’ll use your code to sign up.

            • Lily

              My referral code is WXS2, it took a while to show up and I wasn’t sure where to find it. I would appreciate it if someone would use it. Thank you all!

  21. Guest

    I use Ebates and Hip2Save!

  22. Stefanie

    If anyone wants to sign up for Ibotta here’s my referral link, you’ll get $10 after you upload your first receipt. https://ibotta.com/r/ufoxscu

  23. Kelly

    Completely off topic, but Collin – did you get a haircut? Super cute!!!

  24. Kelly

    Love Shopmium and MobiSave as they go straight into your bank account. Savings star is probably now my favorite followed by Ibotta. Snap by Groupon was nice at first then I found myself buying something that I did not need just to finally close out and cancel account. Find & Save is nice too. Can add up quickly when they have some good cash dashes going on.

    • Steph

      Sarah, I used your code!

      I’m so glad Colin posted this article, I’ve never heard of Find&Save before!!!

      Please use my code WXND


  25. Christy

    One thing I love about the Target cartwheel is that it shows your total savings accumulated since you started. I have saved over $1100 in a year!!!! That makes me want to take the time to use it since I can stack it with Target store coupons, manufacturer coupons, Target gift card offers, sale items and other apps like Saving Star or Shopkick!

  26. Allison

    Hip2Save is by far the BEST app and website ever! I sincerely appreciate you Collin and all you and your team do! I don’t ever buy anything until I check for a deal on Hip2Save first!:)

  27. Swats

    Check out Ibotta to get cash back! Use my referral code, hmnchbu, and you can earn an extra $10. Sign up at https://ibotta.com/r/hmnchbu

    • Ashley


  28. eyez1998

    Hip2save should have been posted first : ) best savings app ever. I check this like a Crack addict ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Michelle

      eyez1998 I totally agree, sometimes I feel like I’m going through detox when I can’t get to her site!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  29. Maria

    Another good one is ReceiptPal it gives you gift cards just for taking pictures of your receipts ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. Mella

    Love Find&Save! They have great customer service too. Please sign up using my code K76S I just had a baby and every little bit helps. God bless.

  31. Erika

    My top favs are ibotta, Walmart savings catcher, receipt hog and OF COURSE hip2save!!

  32. Sunny

    I haven’t heard of find&save. I’m excited to try it out! Here’s my sharing code: WXRX

  33. Emily

    Find & Save is my favorite! So glad I found out about it. Please use code B82L when signing up.

    • Amanda H

      Thanks, Emily! I signed up with your code. ๐Ÿ™‚ Mine is WXGV if anyone wants to use it!

  34. icemishelle

    EBATES http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=rm%2FQR8BKUdrBgUTfdvgjpA%3D%3D&eeid=29041 you get cash back with your online purchases. The only thing that I don’t like about ebates it takes long for the check to arrive.
    INBOXDOLLARS http://www.inboxdollars.com/members/signup/friend/ (5$ for sign up) if you spend too much time on the internet you can get pretty good money from this app, cash out with 30$
    SHINK ( TCQTLF for $1dll in your account ) is good if you like organic products (mostly) cash out with 10$
    IBOTTA each time gets better and better, If you refer your refer gets 10$ and you 5$ ( VPHIPCL) cash out with 20 or gift cards
    Ill give a try to Find and Save :p Ill love to use all your referral codes but Colling referral code is first, thanks to her website we find tons of great deals :)!
    By the way chillis was giving a free kids meal for sign up (app or desk top) yesterday I got a free meal + my birthday dessert free , it was delicious!

    • LF

      I agree, with all the money Collin saves me, I use her referral codes when I sign up for a new app!!! No offense to anyone else!

  35. Tami

    I joined ibotta recently find it easy and quick to earn, went out to dinner last night for anniversary and got back 14.00!! If anyone could use my link it would make my night!!! https://ibotta.com/r/mkhcrgi you get a 10.00 bonus when you upload first deal! I did .25 made 10.00!!

  36. Roxy

    Make sure to take your time and explore Shrink. They give you points for sharing stuff on social media. It’s easy to do and they add up fast. I was able to redeem my points for 4 offers for free products. That means I purchase the products and the app will give me the full amount back.

  37. Ruby

    Hip2save is and will always be my favorite app. I’m so thankful for all the things Collin and her team do for all of us. My second choice would have to be ebates. I’ve earned over$300 dollars thur ebates since I do most of my shopping online. Below is my Referal link if anyone would like to use it I would really appreciate it.


    • Andrea

      I clicked your referral link. I hope it worked!

      • Ruby

        Thank you so much Andrea.

  38. Gladys

    Another great app is Checkpoints. You get points rapidly by scanning items at different stores and watching videos. In turn, the points are redeemed for gift cards. If possible, please use my referral code: Gladysgar. Thanks.

  39. Mary

    Just joined Shopmium few weeks ago with someone’s code. So easy. Not a lot of offers in my area but pays really quick, so any money is worth it if gonna buy anyay. Must get your candy bar within 8 days so know that if you sign up so you don’t loose the offer. Lindt chocolate is so good. Please use my code to join KMYAFCAG Thank you if you do.

  40. Tuquyen

    I’m excited to try Find and Save. If anyone is signing up for Ibotta, I’d appreciate the referral: https://ibotta.com/r/rd3tq

    • Ella

      Used yours! Here’s mine if anyone wants to use it: ELLA516

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