With the average back-to-school shopping bill reaching $1,239, according to American Express, it’s no wonder this time of year can be stressful for students and parents alike. Tax-free weekend just isn’t cutting it anymore and cutting coupons is going out of style like last year’s book bags.

Enter: Money saving apps.

By combining the best money-saving strategies on one handy device, like your phone, these 5 back-to-school apps make organization and saving money are easy as 1-2-3.

1. Wal-Mart Savings Catcher

If you don’t have one of the most common savings apps yet, it’s time to download it. I don’t care who you are or what you say, you shop at Wal-Mart, especially for back-to-school supplies.

This app is great because you just scan your receipt with your phone’s camera and it’ll confirm that you’re paying the lowest price around. After scanning, Wal-Mart will issue you an electronic gift card difference that you can use on future purchases. It’s also an all-in-one app that allows you to see the both online and in-store offers and inventory in the palm of your hand.

2. PriceGrabber App

With dozens of categories, the PriceGrabber app has something for everyone from students to parents.

The appeal of this app is not only the variety of products from computers to athletic wear, but it’s a price comparison shopper that includes so much variety on just one little app that all of your school supplies are covered.

Instead of sifting through circulars, calling around to stores, or arguing with cashiers during this stressful time of year, you can find the single cheapest store that carries the item you are looking for. This is a huge help in saving multiple trips looking for the same item at different stores or using 10 different store sites and apps just to find that single product you want. The time-saving is worth the download.

3. SnipSnap

Besides having a clever name, SnipSnap has a clever idea: To save you from snipping and clipping coupons.

Much like cumbersome store cards on your keychain, coupons can get in the way of a smooth shopping experience during back-to-school time.

This app reduces coupon chaos saving you:

  • effort
  • time
  • clutter
  • confusion

All you have to do is scan, save, and redeem printed coupons. In addition, SnipSnap lets you search for deals at all the popular retailers. And since school shopping works up an appetite, this app also allows you to search deals for restaurants – a double whammy.

4. Cartwheel by Target

Another super-popular app for saving money is Target’s Cartwheel.

We all know the values Target offers for back-to-school clothing, school supplies, and snacks, but bumping it up a notch with Cartwheel will give you even more savings.

Combining a discount anywhere from 5 -50 % off regular prices and the ability to double up on the discounts by using manufacturer’s coupons in combination with Target in-store coupons, Cartwheel is a great combi-tool to use at one popular store.

5. Shopkick

Back-to-school isn’t just clothes and notebooks. Many students will need at last some of the following.

  • electronics like computers and calculators
  • dorm furniture
  • appliances
  • accessories

When you do have to run from store to store, Shopkick is the app to have.

Just by walking into a store you can collect points. Scan products, make your purchases, and double up on the savings while getting the best prices on what you need for school. The Shopkick app is actually really fun to use and you can earn rewards to redeem as gift cards from your favorite stores.

Whether you install one or all of these money-saving apps, each one has its own unique benefits that are perfect for quick, painless back-to-school shopping with huge savings.

 

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