8 Free Money Saving Food Apps

If you’re like me, a big chunk of your monthly budget goes towards food. Whether it’s on groceries to cook, dining out with friends, or a quick bite at lunch, money spent on food can quickly add up. Luckily, I discovered several free apps for my phone that help me save on food while shopping for food or trying different restaurants. Here are eight of my favorite money-saving food focused applications, and they’re totally free.

1. Groupon
Whether if it’s on vacation or at home, Groupon is a great way to check out new restaurants in your area for a fantastic deal. Many times you can score more than 50% off at bars, restaurants, or specialty grocery stores. Running out for lunch? Check the Groupon Now (Groupon Now Mobile) deals which are deals that are happening for a limited time right now. Type in your specific zip code for a selections even closer. [Download in iTunes]

2. Urbanspoon
One of my personal favorite apps, Urbanspoon allows you to pick whatever type of cuisine you’re in the mood for, the neighborhood you’re in, and most importantly the price point that you’re looking for. You can lock in one, two, or three of these options to generate a list of suggestions to fit your needs. To keep your cost low, keep the one dollar sign option locked for the cheapest places. [Download in iTunes]

3. Happy Hour
This fun app finds your location and tells you where the nearest happy hour deals are happening right now. You can score half price appetizers, drink specials, and other great deals. You’ll also see the menu and what time the deal is ending. [Download in iTunes]

4. Yelp
Before I walk through the door at any restaurant, I check the reviews on Yelp. First, I get an idea if the restaurant is worth the money by the positive or negative reviews. Writers often comment on portion size, if it’s worth it, and their suggestions. Besides the review, there are also deals offered like a free appetizer if you mention the ad or check-in. [Download in iTunes]

5. Your favorite grocery store’s app
Many of my local chain grocery stores have their own app. In my case, these apps allow you to check out what’s on sale, clips coupons, and even keep a grocery list so you stay organized and avoid impulse purchases.

6. Living Social

Similar to the Groupon app, Living Social offers deals nearby. Besides restaurants and bars, I’ve also seen deals on cooking classes, wine tastings, and even buffets at sporting events. [Download in iTunes]

7. All Recipes
Instead of running out to the grocery store and spending more money, try using what you already have. The All Recipes app lets you type in ingredients you already have at your house and gives great suggestions for a recipe. You can even choose if you’d like a meal, appetizer, soup, dessert, and more. [Download in iTunes]

8. Valpak
The Valpak app finds your location and offers dining coupons nearby. You can score deals on everything from sit down restaurants to take-out pizza chains. [Download in iTunes]

With any coupon or deal from an App, be sure to read the fine print. What apps do you find useful?

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Comments

  1. Leo says

    Try Restaurant.com Great discounts, no expiration, Discounts on the discounts sometimes. May not have an app but still good.

  2. Kristen Kuchar says

    Yes, Restaurant.com is great as well! I love that you can narrow your search by price point, cuisine, location, and the type of atmosphere you’re looking for. Thanks for the input!

  3. says

    I use Groupon all the time now. When I’m hungry and need to find a place to eat I use a Groupon-Now deal to get a good discount. I get to save money and find new restaurants that way.

  4. says

    I’d throw in GroceryIQ as well just because it helps you compare your grocery bills and they’re integrated (and owned) by coupons.com

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