Apps that save serious cash
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 17:10
In a technology driven world, smartphones have become an essential tool in students’ day to day lives, giving them a way to easily play games and download and listen to music. More practical approaches to using phone apps include homework tools and news apps. Even better for the typical broke college student is using their phone to help them save money. Junior business major Abby Kuonen shares her story of using the “Shopkick” app in a Q & A.
How did you hear about Shopkick?
I actually discovered it completely by accident. I was just browsing the app store when I typed in the wrong thing on the search bar and it popped up. I was very interested and downloaded it. For someone who is very money savvy, I instantly loved it and it was very easy to use.
Why do you like the app?
As a business major, I appreciate the consumer driven product. I get points for going shopping that can earn me lots of really cool things. When I walk into a store, I get points. When I scan something I get points. It’s a lot of fun and at the same time it makes me look at a product I would have overlooked if I were just browsing.
What makes it different from any other shopping app?
It doesn’t just get you points. Every week you go through their “look-books” for each of the stores. You get to see what is new at the different stores and you get to “favorite” the newest products as well as find hidden points. It’s kind of like a game and you receive exclusive coupons as well.
What is the best shopping experience you had with it?
I got a restaurant.com gift certificate with my points. I used it at a local burger place along with my student I.D. to get a discount. I ended up getting a full combo meal for $3.50. I was very happy and saved myself a lot of money for a nice lunch.
Would you recommend it to a friend?
Definitely! My friends and I go out on the weekends to “Shopkick.” We go to all the stores, collect points, and then use our points to get stuff at the stores or get a cheap lunch. For a college student, this is probably one of the best apps I have. There are so many benefits and ways to pinch every penny. It is far better than eating ramen and wishing you had the latest outfit. I have added visiting Shopkick to my daily schedule.