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Apps to save you money at the grocery store

FILE - In this May 23, 2014 file photo, grocery and dairy assistant Reyna DeLoge stocks dairy products that only use milk from pasture-raised cows, at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers, in Denver. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

WASHINGTON — Some people dread it, others do it sporadically:  grocery shopping. And while you probably have your store and your routine, there are ways you can save money.

Before you grab your bags and the cart, you’ll need your smartphone to save money with grocery apps. Daily Finance reports certain apps make checking out quicker than handing over your coupon clippings.

For example, the app Favado promises to save you 70 percent by comparing prices across local stores and sending you notifications when your brands go on sale.

The app Paprika stores recipes and creates meal plans to cut down on overbuying.

Check deals on Checkout 51 before you head to the store. Scan a picture of your receipt once you’ve paid and the rebates are automatically added to your account. Once you reach 20 bucks in rebates, you can request a payout check.

And if you really like the feel of scissors on newsprint, you’ll like Snip Snap. Take pictures of each of your paper coupons and the app converts it to a scanable barcode to present at checkout.

Here are some more free apps:

  • Cell Fire saves deals from your loyalty card right to your phone, clipping the coupons for you. Have the cashier scan the barcode instead of pulling out your card.
  • Coupon Sherpa adds new coupons daily and sends you reminders to use them while you’re in the store. It may mean taco night this week will be cheaper than next.
  • Grocery iQ helps you build a shopping list based on typing in a search, scanning a barcode or entering in a voice command. Arrange your list based on how you wind your way through the store.
  • MySupermarket compares prices between your grocery stores based on their sales and sends you notifications and suggestions to save.

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