Everyone is trying to save money these days. One of the easiest ways to save is to utilize manufacture and store coupons. For several months I’ve been clipping and saving on items here and there. And, especially now that I’m purchasing holiday gifts, I’m trying to take advantage of all the savings opportunities available. Unfortunately, I have a forgetful mind and don’t always remember to look through my coupons when I go to the store. Luckily for me there are coupon management apps available. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of options.
The first coupon management app I tested was Track My Coupons. It holds a rating of 4 stars through iTunes reviews from 44 users. While it’s not a huge group of users, I thought it might be worth trying. There is a free, ad-supported version, which I recommend people try before spending $1.99 on the full version. The lite version has the same functionality as the full version with the exception of the lite version only allowing 5 coupons to be entered. With that limitation, it isn’t exactly worth using as a coupon manager unless you shell out the $1.99 for the full version.
When you first open the app, you are met with a blank screen.
From here, you enter coupons manually by selecting the plus sign in the upper right hand corner, or you can enter coupons via a computer as long as your iPhone or iPad are on the same wifi network.When you go to enter a new coupon, you search for the store or manufacturer of the coupon before you can enter any other information. The rest of the coupon details can then be entered including coupon valid dates, category, type of coupon, value and quantity. There are also options to mark used, clone it or delete. Also from this screen, users can use the “share” feature of the app. This feature actually doesn’t make a lot of sense to me because you aren’t actually sharing the coupon. You are only sharing the coupon details that you enter. And, the other user must have the app in order to view it.\One feature that is useful is the Sale Price Calculator. This feature allows users to input the original price, discounts and sales tax to determine what your total cost for the item will be. Again, users must input this information manually. It isn’t fully integrated with the rest of the app. It would make sense to me to tie this in with the information added with the coupons so that you can apply the coupon to the item.
This app isn’t what I hoped for. It isn’t very user friendly and takes too much time to enter coupons. I will continue my search and report my findings in my next review. And, if you have both an iPhone and iPad, the coupons don’t sync between the two. Users would have to “Share” each coupons with themselves to view the information on both devices.
Track My Coupons is available for iPhone and iPad through iTunes and is currently on version 1.0.7. I tested the iPhone version since I believed that to be the device I would use it the most on.
Note: There is also a website called “trackmycoupons.com,” which is not related to this app.