8 Sites and Apps That Reduce Your Grocery Budget

Is a substantial portion of your family’s income dedicated to food costs? These sites and apps can reduce the amount you spend on groceries.

by William Landon
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The purchase of groceries is an essential expenditure in the budget of an average American family. A substantial portion of a person’s income or family income is dedicated to the purchase of groceries.

The good news is that there constantly are new ways to reduce food costs. One such way is through the use of websites and phone based apps.

The following websites and apps can help reduce the grocery budget.

1. Ibotta

Ibotta pays you cash back for groceries you need to purchase. This is how it works:

First, you need to download the app at Ibotta.com. Once the app is installed on your phone, search for deals and popular products for whichever retailer you want to shop from and add them to your account. Then make your purchases from that store and take a picture of the receipt with your phone and upload it to Ibotta. You will receive a cash-back bonus on the items.

You can also link store loyalty cards to your Ibotta account. When you shop and use your loyalty card, any Ibotta offers you have purchased using your loyalty card will be uploaded to the app so you won’t have to upload your receipt.

2. Checkout 51

Checkout 51 is another cash back app that allows you to receive cash back after purchasing an item and uploading the receipt. It is similar to iBotta in operation in that you have to search for specific offers you qualify for and get a deal before you can make your purchase.

Checkout 51 allows you to withdraw your cash back bonuses once you have a minimum of $20 in your account. To download the app, visit Checkout51.com.

A notable feature of Checkout 51 is that you can also earn cash back on gas purchases.

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3. Rakuten

You may already use Rakuten to earn cash back on your online shopping from just about every type of retailer, from clothing to travel to home goods. But did you know Rakuten allows you to earn cash back when shopping online at some grocery stores?

Some of the sites you can shop through Rakuten that sell groceries include:

  • Safeway
  • Food Lion
  • Kroger
  • Albertson’s
  • BJ’s
  • Thrive Market

You can also earn cash back on grocery delivery orders placed through Instacart.

To download the Rakuten app visit Rakuten.com.

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4. Coupons.com

Coupons.com started out offering free printable coupons, and if you have a printer, you can still coupon this way.

However, Coupons.com now also supports digital coupons that you can save to your grocery store loyalty cards that will automatically get deducted from your purchase at you check out. If your grocery store doesn’t have a loyalty card, you can take photos of your grocery receipts and upload them to receive cash back for any offers you have saved to your Coupons.com account.

All you need to do is download and install their mobile app from Coupons.com. Once the app is installed, you can browse the extensive coupons gallery, and redeem them in whichever way works best for your grocery shopping habits.

5. OutOfMilk.com

Out Of Milk is a phone based app that allows you to create grocery lists and share them with other members of your household. This can be a very handy app if both you and your spouse share grocery shopping responsibilities.

The app also also allows you to scan product barcodes and quickly enter product information into the app that can make list-making even easier.

To download the app visit OutOfMilk.com.

6. SuperCook

SuperCook can help you create a meal out of and use up groceries you have on hand. Simply enter a list of ingredients in the app and it will scan recipe sites to find delicious recipes based on your available ingredients.

To download this app, visit SuperCook.com.

7. Fridgely

Fridgely is an app for iOS users that allows enter your grocery items into the app and then be notified when that item is about to expire. Entering product information is as easy as scanning the product barcode.

If you lose a lot of food to waste that gets forgotten in your pantry, fridge or freezer, this app may help you stop throwing money in the trash.

To download this app, visit FridgelyApp.com.

8. StillTasty

StillTasty.com is another resource that may help reduce food waste. The site enables you to search for most any food item that is soon approaching or has reached its expiration date to find out whether you want to use up the item or toss it. You can get information on thousands of food items.

The site is also an excellent resource for proper food storage methods. With a quick search , you can determine how to best store a particular food item and how long it will last in the fridge, freezer or pantry..

To do a search, visit StillTasty.com.

Sites and Apps That Reduce the Grocery Budget: How Many Can Help You Save?

The internet provides many ways to reduce food costs. These are just a few of the many handy apps and websites you can find. Try out a few to see which can help you save the most.

Reviewed May 2024

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