How are Deals and Discount Apps Performing Globally

We live in a day where technology reigns supreme. Recent times have seen insane advancements in technology, and innovations that would usually have taken 20-30 years to make are now being made on a yearly basis! And without a doubt, technology has become an essential part of our daily lives and activities.

There was a time when people looked to printed discount coupons, cut out of newspapers or gifted by the store you shopped from, when they wanted a discount. The process was boring, dreary and too much of a hassle, and the tech world brought a much needed change into it.

Now all the discounts you need for almost any good or service you want to purchase, are available on the press of a button. All you have to do is download an app, and in seconds you’re saving huge chunks of money that might have been going elsewhere! Time to shop smart and spend your money wisely. These are some of the apps that took the shopper world by storm:


An app that is truly made for the shopper, and has become one of the most used discount apps in the USA. ShopKick lets its users earn cash in the form of ‘kicks’ through various things like scanning barcodes, purchasing through your credit card, scanning receipts, inviting your friends and even for just visiting a partner store! Basically, ShopKick is the best app to help you earn money just by shopping the same way you’ve already been doing.

What you do: Shop and browse at certain stores
How much you’re paid: $0.25 to $1.50 per store visit, product scan or purchase
How you get paid: Gift cards from Walmart, Target, Starbucks, Best Buy and more
How much you need to make before cashing out: $2



Ibotta is a complete shopping sidekick, and one of the most used discount apps in the USA. It provides its shoppers discounts and cash-backs on almost everything they shop for. The cash-backs can be earned while shopping from stores, retailers, restaurants, apps, discount stores like Walmart and Target, and even websites like Jet and

The app also has a great referral policy, earning its users $5 if a friend redeems his/her first cash-back using your referral code. You can also form teams of shoppers, and shopping together will earn you even more discounts.

Ibotta claims to have discounts in more than 500,000 stores and has provided its users discounts of over a $100,000,000! That is a HUGE number, and speaks volumes about how the shopper world is quickly moving towards mobile apps for discounts.

What you do: Buy products
How much you’re paid: From $0.25 to $10.00 per purchase
How you get paid: PayPal, Venmo, or gift cards from Amazon, Best Buy, Starbucks and more
How much you need to make before cashing out: $20



Ebates is an e-shopping maestro, and one of the most popular discount apps in Canada and the USA. It not only makes it fast and hassle-free to shop online, but allows you to browse hot deals, coupons, discounts and promo codes and then shop using them immediately, and earn cash-back when you do it! You get a $40 cash back when you sign up for a free account, and a $10 bonus when you make your first purchase. Ebate users can shop almost anywhere online including Macys, Nautica, Under Armor, Nike, Gamestop and over 2000 more stores. Ebates has given its users cash-backs worth more than $325,000,000!

The app also provides an option to alert you when the best discounts, savings and deals are available on your favorite stores so you never have to miss a great deal. You can also scan the barcode of a product on to the app and it will find you the best deal available.

You can save even more money during Black Friday, Cyber Monday and on holiday discounts throughout the year by using Ebates to shop, use deals like double cash-back and multiply your savings!

Ebates also has one of the best referral policies among all the apps, and you can earn $50 for 2, $75 for 3, and $150 for 10 friends who you refer to the app!

What you do: Shop online through the app
How much you’re paid: 4% to 10% cashback, depending on how much you spend. Up to $150 for referral!
How you get paid: Gift cards in your account


Reciept Hog

Reciept Hog is the app to get for shoppers who like things simple, and is most popular in the USA. All you have to do after you download the app is scan the receipts of the goods you buy, mainly from grocery and drug stores. You will collect points for each scan based on how much you spend. There is also an added benefit of getting the chance to play a slot machine style game if you scan at least one receipt a week, and you could end up winning a lot of extra points! If one doesn’t want to go through the hassles of things like unlocking Ibotta’s cash-backs, Receipt Hog is the most straightforward way to earn some extra cash for your everyday shopping.

What you do: Scan your receipts
How much you’re paid: $0.025 to $0.13 per receipt, depending on how much you spend
How you get paid: PayPal or Amazon gift card
How much you need to make before cashing out: $5.00





RetailMeNot offers you over 500,000 coupons for more than 50,000 stores, and is one of the most popular apps in Australia. It offers discounts even on stores like American Eagle, Dominos Australia and Babies R Us.

The app offers even more ways to save money through deals like 30% off gift cards, various cash back offers, ability to see nearby discounts through barcode verification and deal alerts.

RetailMeNot was also voted the #1 Shopping App in the People’s Voice Webby Winner 2015.

The app is also very user-friendly, and because of this and all the benefits listed above, it also earned the Good Housekeeping Seal in July 2016.



Flipp is a mom’s ‘best buddy’, an essential app for your weekly shopping and operates best in the USA. Flipp is the only app that matches local circular deals with coupons from the brands you love to bring you the most savings. You can add existing loyalty cards on to Flipp, and receive discounts at check-out that are just for you! In this way, you can end up saving 20-50% when shopping for your weekly needs.

Flipp has been named a top shopping app to help save money in over 350 publications including TechCrunch, ABC News, Forbes, USA Today, The Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.

The app allows you to quickly browse through local weekly ads of items, retailers and brands, and then match these with hundreds of coupons. You can also use the app to compare prices, receive reminders about expiring deals, and notifications when your favorite retailers have a sale.

The times have gone where only the younger generation used smartphones for sales and discounts, and this app is proof that such apps are not just for the younger generation, but for the moms as well! Good Housekeeping says: “I know that moms are time-pressed and busy, and apps need to be seamless, intuitive, and helpful for them to take notice. Flipp is all of these things”


There has been a global revolution in the shopping world through discount applications on smartphones. You can also find apps such as Regent Street which uses beacons and sensors in the shops and restaurants on the main street in London to find you the best discounts, deals and offers. Now you have a chance to be part of this revolution and get a step ahead of other shoppers when it comes to discounts and cash backs.


The best discount and cash-back app to download in Pakistan. Dealsmash offers personalized discounts at your favorite stores that are based on your interests and buying patterns. Meaning the more you shop, the more discounts you get that are just for you!

The app is currently operating in Islamabad and will be expanding to other cities soon.

What you do: Scan electronic receipts and shop using coupons
How much you’re paid: Up to PKR 1500 depending on how much you shop
How you get paid: Gift coupons
How much you need to make before cashing out: 500 PKR



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