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5 Useful Apps to Save Money on Groceries

With grocery prices hitting record highs all around the world, many of us are feeling the stress on our budgets. Finding creative ways to save money on groceries has been a part of my life for years, so I wanted to share some ways I save. With every grocery shop I rely on some useful apps to save money on groceries. I’m sharing five of my favourite apps below!

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grocery store aisle where prices are soaring but you can use these useful apps to save money on groceries
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5 Apps to Save Money on Groceries

These are some of the apps I use to save money on groceries. There are a number of apps to save money on groceries out there, but these are a few my friends and I have tested over time and have found reliable and helpful.

1. Checkout 51

Checkout 51 works like an online coupon. Every week there are cashback offers on a variety of products. If you purchase the product through the week, you can upload your receipt to get cash back added to your account. Once you reach a balance of at least $20, you can request to have a cheque mailed to you.

Find the app here:

2. Flashfood

Flashfood not only helps to save money on groceries, but also saves food waste from the landfill. We’ve mentioned Flashfood a number of times on the blog because we love what they do. Grocery stores upload food items to the app that are close to expiry for a discounted price. You can find all types of food items from produce to cheese to bread and meat.

Find the app here:
Flashfood referral code: $ALIS2AQ4G
If your first purchase is over $10, you’ll get $5 off! Use the code when you sign up or on the Rewards tab. Download the app today, search for Flashfood wherever you get your apps.

3. Too Good To Go

Too Good To Go is a similar concept to Flashfood in that the app helps to save food waste and save money. On Too Good To Go you can find “mystery bags” from a variety of stores and restaurants. These food bags allow stores and restaurants to sell product left over at the end of the day at a discount.

If you’re nervous about the idea of purchasing a “mystery” like I am, you can search out threads on Reddit where people share what food items they have gotten from different retailers.

Find the app here:

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4. Receipt Hog

Using Receipt Hog is like getting rewarded for grocery shopping (or shopping in general, really). You earn coins for each valid receipt you upload to the app and once you’ve earned 1,000 coins, you can redeem them for cash (via PayPal) or gift cards.

Find the app here:
Referral Code: jam53872
Download and enter code jam53872 to earn a special bonus when you upload your first receipt.

5. Receipt Jar

Receipt Jar is a similar app to Receipt Hog in that you earn points by uploading receipts from your shopping trips. Accumulate points until you reach the threshold to cash them out!

Find the app here:
Referral Code: ALISGG4KV
Use the referral code to earn 200 points when you upload your first receipts!

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Even More Ways to Save on Groceries

Using apps to save on groceries is only one way to lower the grocery bill. We love finding creative ways to save money.

Here are a few of the ways we’ve been talking about:

1. Create an at-home refillery station
Krista shared last week about how she’s created an at home refillery to not only save on household goods, but also reduce single use plastics.
Read the post here: How to Create a Home Refillery

2. Do a pantry challenge
We can sometimes overlook the items that are already in our cupboards. Try challenging yourself to use up the items in your pantry by doing a pantry challenge.
Find out how to do one here: Save on Groceries with a Pantry Challenge

3. Cook with Chickpeas!
Chickpeas are a fantastic food to cook with to lower your grocery budget and Krista shared 10 recipes to do just that.
Read the post here: 10 Ways to Cook with Chickpeas and Lower Your Food Budget

4. Go Low Waste with Your Food
There are a number of ways that going low waste can save you money and our food is no exception. Krista shares some ways she’s been able to save money while going low waste in her post.
Read the post here: 4 Ways To Shrink Your Grocery Bill by Going Low Waste

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  • Karalee

    I’ve used Checkout51 before, and it is great, but they don’t have the app in Denmark. However, I do regularly use Too Good To Good, and I’ve used the app to get produce from grocery stores as well as baked goods from the bakery. I’ve also gotten their mystery box that’s delivered too and it was filled with a bunch of shelf-stable goods from noodles and tortillas to sauces and condiments.

    • A Sustainably Simple Life

      It sounds like your Too Good to Go has some great options! I haven’t been able to get produce with that app yet, but it’s still relatively new in our area so I’m sure it’ll grow. Thanks for sharing your experience!

      • Karalee

        There are a lot of good options here! Today we’re going to IKEA so I checked the app, and they have a lucky bag for warm dishes and another for pastries and bread, so I got the pastries and bread one to have for dessert and breakfast tomorrow ?
        Hopefully it’ll grow as more grocery stores and restaurants become aware of the app.

        • A Sustainably Simple Life

          I didn’t know IKEA did that with food! That’s so cool! I’ll have to look into that option locally

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