Scanning coupons to save big. It's an investment of your time, but ask any extreme couponer like Lauren Greutman and she'll tell you it can save you big time.
While shopping with CNYCentral's Dora Scheidell, Greutman bought five bags of groceries for $10.10, saving $44.14.
In this digital age saving tools are right at your fingertips. Greutman counts on three smartphone apps to stock up without breaking the bank.
The first is the Wegman's app which stores your grocery list, tells you the deals of the week and where you can find them and even offers recipe suggestions.
"Let's say you found a great deal on beef in the store, it pulls up a beef strog a noff recipe and you can add those items to the shopping list and it will show up on the list function right here," says Greutman.
Lauren's other favorite is the Favado app. It lets you choose from your local stores to find the best deal on your item of choice. For instance, let's say you wanted to pick up bread on your way home from work, the app allows you to search all the stores in the area to find the best deal on bread.
. It lets you choose from your local stores to find the best deal on your item of choice. For instance, let's say you wanted to pick up bread on your way home from work, the app allows you to search all the stores in the area to find the best deal on bread.
" I t's a great way to compare prices across the board," says Greutman.
The app will also tells you what coupons are available for the item and where to find it.
"Through the Favado app I found dental floss was on sale for $1.09 and it told me I had a dollar off coupon so I could get it for 9 cents," says Greutman.
Another tip that Lauren uses is every Sunday she gets three papers delivered to her home. That's three times as many coupons and it's actually a lot cheaper than going out every sunday and buying three papers.
After you stock up on groceries, it's time to start thinking about rebates. That's where the ibotta app comes in.
"You go home and take a quick picture of your receipt and when it verifies you've purchased that it deposits money into your Ibotta account," says Greutman.
All it takes is a little planning to find those sweet savings.