Coupon Sherpa is free right now, but it normally sells for $1.99
One of the very first apps I wrote about on iPhone App Reviews was Cellfire Mobile Coupons which I dubbed “a waste of time” because it only offered coupons from 4 or 5 national retail chains. I recently revisited Cellfire to see if anything has changed… and it still blows!
Coupon Sherpa, on the other hand, is a completely different story. It has coupons from a TON of retailers and it also lets you mark businesses as Favorites for easy access. I normally save this line for the end of the review, but I’ll just say it now to get it over with: get this app right now! It’s easily worth the $1.99 that it normally costs, but since it’s free for the time being you’ve got absolutely nothing to lose.
I know you wanna know what kind of coupons you can find with Coupon Sherpa so I’ll just dive right into the full list. Keep in mind that the businesses offering coupons in your local area might be different, but here’s what’s available right now in the Chicago area (the list changes as new coupons are added or when they expire):
American Eagle Outfitters
Barnes and Noble
Bath and Body Works
Books A Million
Casey’s General Store
Chuck E Cheese
Cohen’s Fashion Optical
Crate and Barrel
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Fox Rent A Car
Harbor Freight Tools
Hertz Rent A Car
Lord and Taylor
Ralph Lauren Factory Store
Reebok Outlet Stores
Rockport Outlet Stores
The Children’s Place
The Soccer Store
Uno Chicago Grill
White House Black Market
Zales Outlet Stores
That’s a lotta frakkin’ coupons.
Some of the coupons do seem to be misplaced… there’s definitely no Carl’s Jr. in the Chicago area… but there’s still plenty of stuff in this list that IS near me.
The one catch in this coupon thing is that some places may not honor a coupon displayed on your bright, shiny iPhone. I went to Boston Market hoping to get my 1/2 chicken for cheap, but that little bastard behind the counter said he needed it to be on paper so he could staple it to something or his manager would dunk his face in hot gravy. I even asked if I could take a picture of him giving me a Thumbs Down, but Teen Weenie said he needed his manager’s permission for THAT, too! Eh. I tried.
Since Coupon Sherpa is really just a collection of coupons that are available online, my suggestion would be to print the coupon and take it with you whenever possible, just to be safe. Whipping out your iPhone to display a coupon might sound cool in theory, but it would be a shame to get denied because of company policy or because the cashier thinks you’re a gigantic tool.
In the Improvements Department, I’d like to see coupons load in an in-app browser rather than launching a Safari window, and I’d also be willing to create an account in order to get coupon alerts. When I first installed this app there was a coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase at Famous Footwear, and like an idiot I forgot about it and the coupon expired. When will there be another Famous Footwear coupon? I have no idea! But I’d love it if the Sherpa could tell me via email.
Unless you live in the middle of a cornfield, chances are Coupon Sherpa will pay for itself pretty fast, especially around the holidays. And if you’re reading this review while the app is still free, it’s a no-brainer.
Btw, Coupon Sherpa also has a website.