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Top Money-Saving Retail and Grocery Apps

With millions of apps available for your iPhone or Android phone, it’s hard to know where to turn for the “best of the best” in any area of life, whether you’re trying to improve your personal fitness, edit photos or save a buck. When it comes to money-saving apps as you’re shopping, however, we’ve done some of the sorting for you.

Let’s start with coupons. If you’ve ever seen the show Extreme Couponing, you know couponing can really save big on grocery bills. It can also be tedious and time-consuming.

So instead of clipping coupons, let your smartphone do it for you. Try these top eight free couponing apps Money Crashers suggests to save you time - and money. Their favorite? SnipSnap – a “virtual coupon binder,” where users can search stores and retailers for coupons, then individually download them directly to the app.

Another way to save on food expenses is planning out your meals. Lifehacker shares five apps – some paid and some free – best for meal planning. Next time you go to the grocery store, use one of these apps to save money and shop smarter.

And, whether you’ve already completed back-to-school shopping or will be running errands for forgotten supplies in the next week, don’t overlook Favado to compare prices, explains TODAY. You may want to use apps directly from a store, such as Cartwheel from Target, which allows you to scan coupons directly at the register. Already using money-saving apps as you shop? Tell us which ones you like best and why.