With inflation, these apps save on purchases – Edition du soir Ouest-France

Matilda LE PETICORPS

Inflation is visible on supermarket shelves. To mitigate this decline in purchasing power, consumers can use smartphone apps that help save money when shopping. Here is a selection.

Grocery prices continue to rise on supermarket shelves. To offset this increase in their portfolio, some French people are starting to buy less. But it is also possible to consume in a slightly different way, in particular through smartphone apps designed to save money. L’evening edition chose a few.

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Apps that refund your purchases

Some apps allow you to take advantage of offers and promotions. And that once your purchases are complete, whether you do it online or in the store, it’s very simple: by uploading the receipt to the app, the reimbursement for discounted products goes directly to application user’s bank account. . This is especially true for Shopmium, which promises to refund users within 48 hours and save more than 100 euros per week. In addition, Shopmium returns can be combined with discounts offered in stores.

Many offers concern food and consumer goods in general, but not only them. Discounts are also offered on products sold in pharmacies, hairdressers, restaurants and even cinemas.

The Quoty app works exactly the same way as Shopmium. And in addition to refunds on promotional products, it also offers printable discount coupons and distributor promotional catalogs. You can also make a shopping list right in the app.

Reimbursement also in local shops

Refunding groceries through mobile apps sometimes gives you access to groceries available at the supermarket as well as other stores, even convenience stores. (Illustrative photo: Tim Douglas/Pexels)

In the same vein, there is the Keetiz app. However, its peculiarity lies in the fact that discounts are offered only on products sold in local stores.

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To take advantage of this, simply register your bank card in the app before making purchases in small shops using the card. Compensation for the products is then automatically paid to their kitten, Keetiz, and once the amount reaches 10 euros, the money can be transferred directly to their bank account.

Price Comparison Apps

Unlike apps that refund certain items after purchase, other apps allow you to compare prices before you buy to see which store will cost you less. This is the case of Prixing, which allows you to compare the prices of two million items. And you can even compare the amount you pay for your entire cart, not just product by product. You can even register your loyalty cards there so that the discounts they allow are taken into account.

Test products for free

The My Opinion Makes it Free app allows, as its name suggests, to receive products of your choice free of charge in exchange for posting an opinion about the product after consumption or use. You should be aware that this only works with a Carrefour distributor.

Specifically, the user of the application can choose the product of interest to him among those offered on his smartphone. Once in the store, there is no need to increase costs, the product is offered upon presentation of a barcode available in the application. On the other hand, it is not possible to come and collect a free product without making other purchases in the store, it is required to make purchases for a minimum purchase amount of 30 €. Then, by expressing their opinion about the platform, the user receives points that can be used to test new products.

Collect unsold goods

The To Good To Go app connects merchants and food companies with individuals. (Photo: To Good To Go)

The Too Good To Go anti-waste app also helps save money. This allows you to return unsold goods at low prices from nearby merchants.

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How does it work ? The app geolocates the user and offers them several offers of surprise baskets that can be collected at certain times from local merchants, all for 3 or 4 euros in total (instead of ten euros), which is a huge savings. It also allows you to do a good deed: reduce food waste.