Tuesday, August 6, 2013

7 Awesome Apps to Organize Your Shopping

Smart shopping takes concentration and stamina. You have to keep track of what you need and constantly watch out for the right coupons. Fortunately, a variety of mobile apps are helping to change all that. From list keeping to coupon clipping, smarter shopping can be as easy as turning on your smartphone.
Here’s a list of some of the ones we think can help you gear up for your next supermarket visit.
1. Evernote
evernote
Some people use Evernote for everything (the app has something of a cult following). But you can use it to stay organized and store the things you want to remember next time you shop: receipts, recipes, a picture of an inspiring dish, empty carton, or favorite shampoo. The app works like a digital filing cabinet by letting you capture, save, and even email photos, audio recordings, documents and notes – basically anything you might ever want to keep handy before or while you – or anyone you know and love – is at the store.
Available for both iOS and Android
http://evernote.com/
2. Any.do
anydo
Any.do helps you plan your to-do’s for the day or week, complete with daily reminders and a gratifying “check off” feature. Its grocery item recognition is pretty good too, so it can finish your shopping list for you as you type, including the size and kind of item you need. Create a shopping “folder” that you can add to throughout the week, and share your list with other family members – depending on who ends up doing the actual shopping!
Available for both iOS and Android
http://www.any.do/main
3. CartCrunch
cartcrunch
If you leave the house feeling torn between what supermarket will save you more money, CartCrunch can help. The app uses real-time grocery store pricing information supplied by fellow local shoppers to give you a list of recommended stores near you. Scan your last grocery receipt to compare prices for specific grocery items at each one, along with available coupons and deals. CartCrunch will tell you how much you can save at each so you no longer have to play “eeny, meeny, miny, moe.”
Available for both iOS and Android
cartcrunch.com 
(or see links below)
4. Allthecooks
allthecooks
It’s hard to use this app without salivating. Allthecooks is a global social community where everyone who loves to cook shares their favorite recipes. There are more than 150,000 recipes to choose from, and finding the one you want is easy with the great accompanying photos and category breakdowns, like “Christmas” and “Easy.” You can also search the database by what ingredients you have. Use Allthecooks to help prepare your shopping list next time you’re in the mood to cook something new.
Available for both iOS and Android
http://www.allthecooks.com/
5. Fooducate
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Maintaining good health is smart. You know what you like but do you know if it’s good for you? WithFooducate, you scan a product’s barcode to see detailed nutritional information along with ratings and comments from other users. Or you can search for a specific product by name to see how its nutritional value compares to other brands in its category. Staying true to your health or fitness goals at the supermarket has never been this easy – or fun.
Available for both iOS and Android
http://www.fooducate.com/
 6. In-store apps
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As the number of shoppers with smartphones grows, so are the number of stores offering mobile apps of their own to make shopping there more pleasant. This includes giants like Walmart, Safeway and Wegmans, among others. From help navigating the aisles to finding store-specific deals to letting you check out without waiting in line, these apps can help shoppers save time and money – as well as increase the likelihood they’ll return. If your favorite grocery store doesn't have one yet, it might just be a matter of time.
7. Yowza!!
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There’s no lack of apps for mobile coupons, but Yowza!! is one of our favorites because it tells you about the best deals in your locality. Yowza!! starts to work the moment you launch it on your phone so you can see what stores nearest you are offering deals. Cashing in is simple; just have the cashier scan the barcode on your device when you’re ready to check out for instant savings.
Available for iOS and Android
https://getyowza.com/download
What apps help you save time or money when you shop? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
Happy (and smart) shopping! 


For great savings on all of your grocery needs, make sure to download CartCrunch. Click below to download.





Friday, March 15, 2013

Coupon Recipe: Chicken Piccata with White Wine Sause

We all love food, especially food we can make using items we bought with coupons. CartCrunch offers hundreds of dollars in coupons, so there is plenty to make.

Today, I would like to share a recipe for chicken piccata with white wine sauce from Classico® using their Classico® Mushroom Alfredo Sauce, which you can save on using the coupon below.


Servings: 8

Ingredients

1 Jar (15 oz) Classico® Mushroom Alfredo Pasta Sauce
4 Boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 6 oz each
3 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar, divided
1/3 cup flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4  cup dry white wine
1/4 cup whole or halved pitted kalamata olives

Directions

  1. Slice each chicken breast in half and pound with a mallet to about 1/4-in even thickness. Season with salt and pepper if desired, and place in a medium bowl. Add 1 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar, turing chicken until evenly coated. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour. 
  2. Remove chicken from refrigerator. Lightly dredge in flour, shaking off the excess. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown chicken for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Remove from skillet and keep warm. 
  3. in the same skillet over medium heat, stir in wine and remaining 2 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar, and cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in pasta sauce and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Stir in olives and spoon sauce over warm chicken breasts.
And voilá, a great meal for less. 

For more great deals, make sure to download CartCrunch. Click below to download.  


This recipe came directly form the Classico® website

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Where to Grocery Shop Other Than the Local Grocery Store

When people mention grocery shopping, images of your local family grocer can pop up in your head. While for some people the case is to shop local, there are also several other options to do grocery shopping, some that you might be completely surprised about.

1. Big Box Stores
Since many people are looking for less expensive alternatives for their groceries, big box stores are cashing in. Walmart and Target are adding grocery sections to more of their stores every day. Super Walmart stores already offer full grocery sections, but shoppers are finding a growing number of regular Walmart stores with larger grocery sections for the everyday shopper.

2. Delivery Services
While not less expensive, many busy families are opting into grocery delivery services to help them out while they continue their hectic schedules. Because of the success of companies like Stop & Shop with their Peapod service, more stores, like Roche Bros, are looking into their own delivery services.

3. Online Grocery Shopping
Welcome to the future of grocery shopping. While still very new and unknown, there are shoppers who are looking to online outlets like Amazon to purchase their non-perishables. Knowing in advance that you will run out of toilet paper, you can log onto your computer and purchase those items with a click of a button. With Amazon Prime, you also will not need to spend the extra cash for shipping, leading to even greater savings.

Did we miss anything let us know in the comments!

For great savings on all of your grocery needs, make sure to download CartCrunch. Click below to download.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Saverr is now CartCrunch!

That's right, the app Saverr is now CartCrunch. We are excited about this and hope you are too.


Why the change?

There are several reasons for this change, the most important being that the app helps you crunch the price of your shopping cart. Other reasons were confusion between our product, and other Saverrs that were known to the world. There were two other apps, one also called Saverr, and the other called Saver, that were available in the app store. We felt as a company that it would be difficult to continue with this confusion.

What does this change?

This doesn't change much besides the name on the app. It also puts us in a better position to move in the direction of the original idea, which is a price comparison app.

If you have not downloaded Saverr before, CartCrunch is available for both the iPhone and for Android devices. Click below to download.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Do You Love Couponing Enough to Instagram It?

If you answered yes, then you are very similar to a lot of folks using the picture sharing tool. We searched high and low and found great pictures of people who enjoy couponing enough to Instagram their activities as well. Take a look and let us know if you are as serious as these folks.

The Seasoned Vet
Photo Credit to user @aerayne
The New Hobbyist
Photo credit to user @chan2161
The Mailer Stockpiler
Photo credit to user @deemialee426
The "I need as much help paying of my student debt as I can get" friends
Photo credit to user @jenzandstra
The Insert Queen
Photo credit to user @marycouponig

Friday, January 11, 2013

Don't Get Caught in the Grocery Store Trap

When shopping, there are plenty of tricks to help you save money. In this great infographic, brought to you by AllYou.com, you will get some great tips to save A LOT of money. Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Conversations with a Couponer: Myrah of Coupon Mamacita


Today's couponer is Myrah, owner of the site Coupon Mamacita. She describes her transformation to being a couponer as something that had to be done because of the economy, but turned into an exciting challenge. She mentions on her website, "What started as a radical life change soon became an exhilarating, beat-the-system challenge to feed our family for less".

This is often the case with many expert couponers, and Myrah is no different. She has been couponing for four years, and estimates that she saves over $15k per year by using coupons. That is a lot of savings!

One tip that Myrah gave was to be organized. She said, "Creat a coupon organization method. I use the whole insert method where I file my inserts by date on hanging folders. I also have a box with envelopes filed by category, where I file those coupons I find at the stores."

Also, Myrah mentions how folks can save money by buying online. "Buy online, use coupon codes, take advantage of FREE SHIPPING! Online purchases will save you on gas, time, money, and aggravation."

She also is very passionate about how others save, not only with coupons. She maid a point to ask "Why aren't government agencies teaching couponing instead of giving out so much money in food stamps?" She makes a good point here since folks like Myrah save thousands of dollars per year just by using coupons.

To learn more about Myrah and Coupon Mamacita, head to her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

To get started on saving like Myrah does, make sure to download Saverr!