Friday 19 January 2018

Ten best mobile apps to save you money when out shopping

Be first to the draw when you go shopping
Be first to the draw when you go shopping
Louise McBride

Louise McBride

Irish bargain hunters will be able to use a new mobile phone app in a few weeks time which will allow them to claim cash back when shopping.

The app, CashBack+, will allow shoppers to get rebates of between 50c and €2 after they have paid for something. "We will have at least 16 top brands offering cash back and over 450 special offers live in the app," said Paul Guy, a spokesman for Reep, the company behind the app.

"All you will have to do is choose your cash back offer, take a photo of your receipt using the free app and that's it, you then wait for the balance in your Reep account (a customer account set up through Reep) to increase within 24 hours."

The app will join the list of those which help you to save money when shopping.

Here are ten of the best money-saving shopping apps already out there.

BabyDoc

Fed up paying €20 for a pack of nappies - only to walk into another supermarket shortly afterwards and see the same pack for €15? Babies are expensive so anything you can do to save a few bob on nappies, breast pumps, baby sick bags and all those other things you would rather not have to use, never mind buy, is worthwhile. This app, lets you find out about special offers on baby products in major retailers.

Reep Rewards

This app, which was also developed by Reep, scans the market for the best special offers on groceries and household items. It includes promotions from retailers such as Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Aldi, Lidl, Woodies, and Homestore.

So if you've a hankering for ice-cream or you're simply after a Yankee Candle for a romantic night in, you could use this app to find out where tubs of Ben & Jerry ice-cream are on offer near you - or how much euro (if any) you can get off a set-the-mood candle.

You can also get cashback for your shopping through the Reep Rewards app by taking photos of your receipts. The app reads your receipt and credits your Reep account with a cash reward.

BoozDoc

Okay so Leo Varadkar mightn't be too happy about it but given that the Health Minister is planning to make it impossible for us to pick up a bottle of wine for less than €9, this app could be just what you need. With BoozDoc, you can find out about the latest special offers on wine, beer and spirits from major retailers and off-licences across Ireland. Useful if you're planning a major family gathering - or if you simply want to find a cheap bottle of Pinot Grigio.

Which? reviews

Saving money whilst shopping is often more about choosing the right product than it is about snapping up money-off vouchers. The Which? reviews app allows you to read the latest product reviews by the British consumer magazine of the same name. As the magazine tests more than 2,500 products every year - from coffee machines to cars to fridge freezers - these are some of the best product reviews you'll get.

This app would be invaluable if you're kitting out your first home as it will ensure you spend your money on worthwhile tried and tested products. The Which? reviews app is currently only available on iPhones. It is free to download but you must pay for the app as part of a subscription to Which? magazine.

Pricespy

Avoid paying over the odds for something when out and about by downloading the Pricespy app. With this app, you can compare online prices with high street ones by scanning the bar code of the product you're interested in.

You can also set up price alerts so that you are told when the price of something falls to a point at which you would like to buy it - giving you a better chance of snapping up sale stock before everyone else does. The app allows you to compare the prices of products from almost 500 Irish shops which have high street and online stores, including Smyths, Arnotts, Dunnes Stores and PC World. It also includes the prices of thousands of international shops.

Vouchercloud

This app allows you to snap up deals and discounts from restaurants, bars, retailers, ferry companies, hotels and hairdressers, including Four Star Pizza, Captain Americas, Xtravision and Boots.

The app includes a map which allows you to search for offers near you. To take up an offer, all you need to do is show the voucher on the screen of your phone when visiting the restaurant, store or outlet. You can also print out the vouchers.

LivingSocial

City slickers can use this app to find out about nearby deals and offers in hairdressers, spas, restaurants, hotels, laser treatment clinics, gyms, driving schools - and even angel card readings.

You can use the app to find out about deals in cities abroad when on holiday as well as at home - you simply type your location into the app and it brings up the offers near you.

Grabone

This is another app which allows you to search for local deals near you - whether that be attic flooring, wedding flowers, jewellery, toys, music classes for the kids or a boring car valet.

DoneDeal

Avoid paying full-price for something on the high street by using this app to search for a second-hand version in mint (or near-mint) condition. Done Deal is one of Ireland's largest buying and selling websites and its app allows you to you search adverts for bargains, to view and zoom in on items you're interested in, and to call and email sellers.

This app is also useful for anyone who has paid full price for a spanking new trampoline which the kids jumped on once last summer. You can place and pay for your own adverts - and hopefully get a few bob for your abandoned trampoline from a buyer.

Publin

This app is ideal for Dubliners whose idea of shopping is to find the cheapest pint in town. As well as helping you find pubs and pub prices in Dublin, Publin lets you search for pubs near you with beer gardens, snugs, bar food and wi-fi.

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