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Consumer Alerts: Grocery saving apps

Consumer Alerts: Grocery saving apps. WPEC

Your secret weapon for grocery store savings should be your smart phone. Finding good deals at the grocery store is a must for Kate Rouleau.

"I do everything to try to save money," Rouleau said that also means putting in some work before heading to the store. "I cut coupons . . . I shop the sales," she said.

And she uses apps like "Checkout 51" and "Ibotta," Both offer cash rewards on hundreds of popular products.

"It has everything from dairy items, produce, it even has alcohol on it," Rouleau said.

The discounts range from just 25 cents to a couple of dollars each. But the savings over a year can add up quickly! Just ask Kate.

"$200 is not something to sneeze at!" she said.

With checkout 51, shoppers star items they plan to buy. After check-out, users claim their rewards and upload a photo of the receipt as proof.

It's the same idea with Ibotta. First, shoppers choose their store, then unlock rewards. Users may have to watch a quick ad or answer a one-question survey.

"If you come into our app and spend a little time learning about a product that you might want to buy, and then if you buy that product and try it out, then we will actually share our advertising revenue back with you in the form of a cash reward," said Ibotta CEO Bryan Leach.

For these 79 cent carrots, Kate saved 50 cents by doubling up on both apps.

"Twenty-nine cents for carrots, it's a great deal. How can you go wrong?" Rouleau said.

You need at least $20 in your account to cash out. Customers can get a gift card, an online payment or a simple check in the mail.

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