How Technology Is Changing the Customer Shopping Experience


Grocery shopping is something that most people do at least once a month. Groceries often times are the largest cost of families after rent or mortgage payments. There are more ways now than ever to save money on your grocery bill. The saving of a couple dollars a grocery trip can add up to hundreds or over a thousand in the span of a year. This will highlight the different ways that technology can help you save that extra money you’ve been needing.

Nielsen Scanner

Scanning your groceries after you arrive at home from the store? This seems counterintuitive, but the Nielsen Company is willing to pay you to do so. All you have to do is apply here to get started and make money to scan the groceries that you have already purchased. Once you are accepted into the program, the Nielsen Company will send you a scanner for your groceries. The more items that you scan, the more points you will earn which can be redeemed for a variety of different items. The longer that you participate in the program, the more points that you can earn. Besides the free merchandise you’ll receive, you get entered into different sweepstakes that have cash prizes, vacations, and a myriad of other things.

Coupon Apps

The times of cutting coupons after the morning paper was delivered may not be over, but it has certainly dwindled. The amount of apps that are dedicated to saving money on groceries is increasing by the day. The coupons.com app is one that offers an absurd amount of coupons and special offers. There are different ways to redeem the offers that you get via the coupons.com app. The user will receive an email that can be printed out from your computer or tablet. At checkout, you can open the app and add the credit to your rewards card via the screen on your Google smartphone, such as the Google Nexus 6, or any other Android device. The6-inch Quad HD screen on the Google Nexus 6 makes for easy scanning and a faster checkout. There are a few other good coupon on apps for Android, such as the Carthweel by Target app and Retail Me Not. For more information on these and other money saving apps visit the Android Play app store.

Signing Up For Reward Programs

Signing up online for rewards programs is a great way to save on your grocery bill. Many times stores have rewards programs or sales that are uniquely for the members of the store. Often times these programs are free, and if you do not want another card in your wallet, then there are apps that will let the cashier scan your smartphone once you open the app. Signing up for credit cards at places like Target can earn you an extra 5 percent off of everything in the store. Some stores have offers that if you spend a certain amount of money, you are rewarded with money back. For example, certain stores will give you $10 back for every $300 spent, and over the course of a year this could mean hundreds of dollars in cash back.

Take Pictures Of Your Receipts

Taking pictures of your receipts via your smartphone can now save you money on your grocery bill. There is an app at ibotta.com that can get you on your way to saving. The cashback offers in your area will change every week, so there is a chance for money back on a different item every time you go to the grocery store. All you have to do is take a picture of the receipt in the app when it is open on your smartphone. Once you reach 5 dollars in rebates, you can collect payment via PayPal.

One may think that there are certain aspects of life that technology has not changed. One of those things might be grocery shopping. If you believe that, then you are sadly mistaken. Grocery shopping has had its world turned upside down since the advent of mobile apps.  Grocery shopping can be more affordable than previously thought without having to dedicate your life to collecting coupons. Taking pictures of receipts is something that previously was only reserved for the most organized but now it can save you money in the long run. Scanning your groceries after getting home shows how far technology has come and how easy it makes saving money. Embrace the technology that is available today, as it can save you money in ways that you may have never imagined.

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