Nanny to Mommy: Handy Apps for Frugal Moms

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Handy Apps for Frugal Moms

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As a frugal mom myself, I am so grateful for the invention of smart phones. I have no idea how people saved money with out them (maybe because prices weren't so high?). I have compiled a list of my favorite frugal apps and hope you might like them too. :)

This post contains affiliate links, but these are all apps I use myself. This post was originally published in 2012 and I have updated because many of these apps I sill use today!

free iBotta app

Why do I like this app?
IBotta is cool because you can redeem offers but you can also use manufacturer coupons with these offers. You can 'like' the offers you like so you get the offers you want. The money redeemed from any offers goes straight to your Paypal or you can donate to a charity. They have "ANY BRAND" offers which include like any brand milk, eggs, salad, pasta sauce, etc. You can also use paper coupons or store e-coupons with this app.

How can this app benefit you?
Sign up, get an Affiliate Link, and for a limited time you'll receive $5 for every person you get to sign up! This is for Android AND Apple users, so all smart phone users get to benefit on this great earning opportunity! app

Why do I like this app?
Print HIGH VALUE coupons from my iPhone or iPad with ease, add coupons to my shopper's card, and score other's discounts from retailers all at the click of a button, in the palm of my hand. Why wouldn't I like this app? Also you can log in and take advantage of the HIGHER value Savings Club coupons, if you are a member and why wouldn't you be with that FREE trial? ;)

How can this app benefit you?
Another way to print the coupons you know and love. Plus with more ways to print coupons, means more coupons for you in general! ;D


Why do I like this app?
I have already preached on how much I LOVE Schoola. Schoola offers quality clothing at up to 70% off retail with 40% of proceeds benefitting schools! And they have some great offers right now where you can get FREE gently used clothes for babies, kids, and teens. They also have clothes for women even maternity.

How can you benefit from this app?
You can score FREE clothes with their promo codes (sent out in their app periodically) and $20 credit when you sign up! Currently only on the apple store, but you can sign-up and use these benefits online.

Checkout 51

Why do I like this app?
Sign up with Checkout 51 to save on your favorite brands and earn cash when you upload photo of receipt through mobile app or website. Checkout 51 has any offers too. You can use paper coupons or store e-coupons with this app as well. Every Thursday morning, Checkout 51 updates with a new list of offers. All you have to do is pick the ones you like, purchase them at any store, and upload a photo of your receipt through their mobile app or website.

How can you benefit from this app?
When your account reaches $20, they send you a check. Another great way to save on every day products from your mobile phone!


Why do I like this app?
Shrink also has any offers like ibotta. I also love that you can save on more organic items than any other app. Which organics are SO hard to save on, but when you are trying to eat healthier on a budget, this is a huge deal

How can you benefit from this app?
Sign up with my code & earn $1 bonus: You'll get one too and can earn money by getting others to sign up! Available on Google Play and iTunes!


Why do I like this app?
This app can be used with paper coupon and store e-coupons. It also has a variety of organic options available as well.

How can you benefit from this app?
Just download Shopmium on your iPhone or Android ( and sign up with my referral code MHYYAGWG and you'll get a Lindt chocolate bar… for FREE!. Available on Google Play and iTunes.


Why do I like this app?
I have found so many great deals to have a date night with Groupon. They always have local restaurants and activities around town.

How can you benefit from this app?
You can save between 40 and 60% off with Groupon.

free Saving star e-coupons
Saving Star

Why do I like this app?
Saving Star is another app where you can earn money by clicking offers for items you buy. This one is available at most retailers that have Shopper's Loyalty card. Like Kroger and CVS.

How can you benefit from this app?
You can use manufacturer coupons with the coupons listed, so you can score FREEbies.

Smart Sorce Coupons Express iPad app

Why do I like this app?
SmartSource Express is a relatively new app only available on Apple iPad. I like this app because I can add high values coupons to my shopper's card with ease. No fuse.

How can you benefit from this app?
A lot of companies are focusing their energy and time on getting all coupons mobile. Why? Because it's cheaper. I personally think it's easier. Both for the companies and the consumer.

ThredUp 80% off brand name like new kids clothes

Why do I like this app?
Great savings on like new clothes at my finger tips. I have scored some AMAZING deals with ThredUp. You can read my review, HERE.

How can this app benefit you?
Sign up through a Referral Link and receive $20 off! PLUS you earn $20 for each person you refer! AND you can pay with Amazon now too! :D

Pampers Gift o Grow app
Pampers Gifts To Grow

Why do I like this app?
I had to buy Pampers for my SweetPea due to break outs. Their referral program is a nice incentive for a product I was going to buy anyways. And actually, through Amazon and couponing, I scored some amazing deals on Pampers, better than store brand anyways!

How can this app benefit you?
If you are like me and Pampers is your brand of choice, sign up through HERE and you'll receive 100 FREE points just for signing up. Follow @Pampers on Twitter for more free promo codes too. These points help you earn Gift Cards, FREE Shutterfly products, toys, FREE product coupons, and so much more!


Why do I like this app?
I am HUGE fan of Shutterfly. From their photo books, to cards, to mugs and other d├ęcor. They beautifully print your pictures in ways that you are sure to love.

How can this app benefit you?
Right now they are offering unlimited FREE 4x4 and 4x6 prints!

Store Apps!
Walmart has their Savings Catcher where you can earn cash back if they find a lower price somewhere else. Target has their Cartwheel app with tons of coupons. And Kroger has their app with e-coupons and full lists of their sale ads. Pick your favorite based on where you shop! :D

Thanks for dropping by! I hope you found this list helpful.

Do you have a favorite frugal apps?

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  1. I do like the idea of all of the apps to help save money on groceries and other different goods. Unfortunately, I don't have a smart phone, but the convenience does sound really tempting enough to go out and get one. Thanks for your article.

  2. Hmmm this app sounds like heaven to any mom. Frugality is a life style nowadays and any apps helping to save money are just precious!
    Btw I am giving away 10 ads spot of 125x125 px incase you are interested :)
    I put up the link on my name.

  3. Those all sound like great apps. Sadly, I am not frugal at all and almost never even use coupons. Sigh.

  4. Hey girl! Thanks so much for linking up with MMM! Newest follower here! :)

    The Mrs. and The Momma

  5. Super helpful!

  6. I recently downloaded grocery IQ, not for the coupons persay, but to make sure we follow a list when we go shopping!

  7. Those do seem like a bunch of really useful apps! The only apps I have on my phone are the ones my kids have loaded on, which are games! I'm going to check some of these out!

  8. I love Ibotta! I use it all the time, as well as a few of the others, and some you haven't mentioned. Other than Ibotta, im still figuring them out, but I'll have to let you know how they go!

    1. Feel free to share ones I missed. :)

  9. These look like great apps that I will have to check out!

  10. Schoola, Cartwheel and Pampers are my constants!! I will have to check out the others!!

  11. I am a big Ibotta fan. I was just there looking for rebates. Today's shopping day, and I want to make sure I get the most out of my trip. Thredup is great, too, for gently used clothes.


Thank you for dropping by! I would love to hear what you thought. :)