Money-Saving iPhone App #1: CardStar

May 18 , 2010 by: Kate Sorensen Computer Electronics

I was excited to read all the suggestions and feedback I received yesterday when I let you know I was kicking off a series called “30 Days of Money-Saving Apps.” You told me about lots of great apps, like RedLaser, Yowza and Mint. I’ve checked out a couple of these, but look forward to exploring even more apps, and I hope you’ll check out some of them with me.

The money-saving app for today is CardStar. This is one of the first apps shared with me, by the AT&T sales associate no less. It’s a free iPhone app that lets you to store all of your loyalty cards on your phone.

CardStar even creates bar codes for your CVS ExtraCare card, Harris Teeter VIC card, etc. Just pull up CardStar, then hand your iPhone to the cashier to scan the bar code. I love CardStar because it makes it nearly impossible to leave a store without the store discounts.

CardStar lets me keep my store loyalty cards, airline frequent flyer numbers, health insurance cards, and various other rewards programs right on my phone. I don’t fly that often, but I have to wonder how many miles I’ve missed out on because I had no clue what or where my United Mileage Plus number was.

While CardStar won’t offer you discounts, it will help ensure you receive the savings you should be receiving at various stores. We all have our phones with us, and now CardStar makes sure we have our loyalty and membership cards at our side too.

Have you tried out CardStar on your iPhone? I’d love to hear what you think.


  • There is another app called “CardBank” that I use. I’m not sure what if any differences there are between the two. It’s a great app to have and I’ve used it many times. Some stores are unable to still scan the bar code off the phone but they can always key it into the computer. I love the app and it save the weight of my purse with another wallet for just rewards cards.

    Love your blog!

    Have a great Tuesday! :)

    • Looking on the store the main difference appears to be that CardStar is free (yay!) and the app you have costs a dollar (boo).

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  • I have CardStar, my only issue is that it has to be a certain type of scanner for them to work (optical). But they can always type in the card number. I do like how you don’t have to carry around all your key tags

  • This series looks great. I linked to it from my blog for you.

  • That is awesome!

  • Love it and looking for more great apps.. I also like the app Grocery Pal it uses your location and you put in the stores you use and it will show you the sales for the stores that week. Just a few more.:Tip Calculator, Flixster, My Library, ePrint, PandoraBox. Also if your on Facebook App store has a page.

  • going forward, will you please let me (and everyone) know if these apps will work on someone’s ITouch as well? Thk u!

  • Hi!

    I’m using Cardmobili for iPhone – it works great on iPodTouch as well! I guess it is only available in Portugal App Store (although is has an English version). Oh, and they also have a version for feature phones that run Java. Give it a try!

  • I have it on my iTouch and it’s great. There have been a couple of times that I’ve forgotten my tags and only had my iTouch, and the app worked fine.

  • We’re in the market for iphones right now. So excited about Card Star! I can finally stop carrying around my keyring of little tags!!! I never remember loyalty numbers for airlines or car rental companies, so that is especially helpful.

  • On Iphone I tried at Dicks Sporting Goods. It didn’t work so i whipped out my key tag.

  • Cardmobili now available in North America
    iPhone app that carries digital versions of your loyalty cards from grocery stores, book stores, airlines and all others you can think of. The free can be downloaded at:

    iTunes store download link:

  • This looks very cool! I am always searching for my cards and don’t like all the stuff on my keychain.

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  • RedLaser is another great grocery app. Read the review at:

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