Smart use of smartphone apps means more cash in your bundle of joy’s college fund. (I’ve got one child in college right now. ANYTHING you put into a college fund is going to be a huge help down the road.)
Some of the most useful apps when it comes to saving money on baby necessities are the free apps made by stores. The major drugstore chains like CVS, RiteAid, and Walgreen’s all have their very own apps. Discount stores like Target have apps as well. A quick check of these before you shop can tell you who’s got the best deal on diapers this week, not to mention savings on their frequent-shopper programs.
Other features of store apps include:
- refill prescriptions
- electronic coupons
- frequent-savings card saved to your phone so you don’t have to carry the card
- see your local weekly ad
- make a shopping list
- shop online
- scan barcodes and QR codes
- find a local store and get store hours
- check item availability
- sign up for text-message alerts of special savings
- upload photos for 1-hour pickup
Not every app has every feature, but these apps are a great way to find out how you can save money on those emergency diaper runs!
CVS offers apps for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and Windows phones.
RiteAid‘s mobile app is designed for iPhone and Android.
Target has apps for Android, iPhone, iPad and Mobile Web.
Walgreens has rolled out apps for Android, iPhone and BlackBerry.
Prefer to buy your baby’s necessities at the supermarket? Check and see if your favorite market has a mobile app.