Nearly every store you go into has a loyalty card these days. Loyalty cards are a great way of saving money, allowing you to earn points, use coupons or get special “members only” discounts. But your wallet can quickly grow obese with cards being offered at almost every store you visit. You waste time at the checkout counter, fishing for the correct card as you dig through dozens of other cards.
What’s even worse is when you leave a card at home to save space in your wallet and then end up shopping at that store anyway. You know the day you leave a card at home is the day you’re going to need it. You miss out on savings left and right just because you didn’t plan on being at the store that day.
Google Wallet is a great solution for this problem, but isn’t available to many people. Google Wallet is only available in the US on one model of phone and one carrier.
For those of you who want the convenience of loyalty cards on your smartphone, but don’t have Google Wallet, check out Key Ring, a free app available for iPhone and Android phones.
With Key Ring you can store your loyalty cards on your phone, so they are handy whenever you go to a store. No fat wallet, no fumbling for cards and no accidentally leaving cards at home. Just whip out your phone at the checkout counter and have the cashier scan it.
Not only is it easy to have your phone scanned at checkout, it’s easy to enter the card information onto the app. Open the app and go to Menu = > Add Card and then point your phone camera at the bar code on the card. Hold the phone steady and the app will read the bar code. After the bar code has been read, the app will ask you to select a store. The app gives you a long list of stores to choose from, or you can add the name of the store yourself if your store isn’t listed (see, Cari Orthodontics in the image below).
Once you have added the name of the store, press Create Card. You are then asked if you would like to add another card. Keep going until you have entered all your cards. Easy!
To get started you need to create a Key Ring account, which is handy because then you can sync the app between devices. Just press the Sync button and all of your card information will magically appear in the app on your new device. If you start with this app on an iPod Touch and then switch to an Android phone, no problem. All of your card information can be moved easily between devices. Or if you and your Significant Other share loyalty cards, you can each have this app on your individual phones registered to the same account, racking up your loyalty points twice as fast!
If all Key Ring did was store your loyalty cards, I would still recommend it highly. But wait, there’s more! Key Ring also offers savings with special offers for Key Ring customers. For example, with the cards I have loaded onto my Key Ring app, the stores have the following discounts:
- 10-75% off Prescription Drugs at CVS Pharmacy
- 10% off any Coaching Aid at Dick’s Sporting Goods
- $5 off any $25 purchase at The Body Shop
Much more convenient than carrying around a bunch of coupons with you.
Want to find out more? Check out this helpful video from the app developer:
Get Key Ring for Free at the iTunes App Store here: Key Ring for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Get Key Ring for Free at the Android Market here: Key Ring for Android devices
If you want to lighten your wallet and save money, get the Key Ring app for your smartphone!
Do you use loyalty cards when you shop? Is your wallet getting so fat you think it’s going to burst soon? Have you ever tried Key Ring? Let us know in the Comments section below!