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Coupon Decoder Lite app review: discounts demystified



Coupon Decoder Lite appears to be a somewhat redundant iPhone and iPad app for most general consumers as it presents a lot of detailed technical information for coupons that aren’t particularly relevant.

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I really like the idea of coupon-scanning apps because they’re a great way of saving money and accruing discounts which can then be used next time you’re in the appropriate store. Unfortunately, I think that this app might be a little too technical for most; thus rendering it as not the best app for discounts for people who lack technical skills. 

Coupon Decoder Lite


Decipher Complex Code Information

What we’ve got here is a fairly simplistic app in the Utilities category of the App Store that allows you to use your device’s integrated camera to scan DataBar, UPC, EAN, and GS1 codes to access detailed coupon information.

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The kind of information contained within the codes includes things like expiration dates, savings offered, and text descriptions of the offers such as “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” or “Buy 3 for 2.”

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Overly Technical

The main limitation I see with Coupon Decoder Lite is that it doesn’t really do much beyond that; there is plenty of additional information provided but it is mainly technical information that is of no use to the average consumer.

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I’d recommend looking at the screenshots for a better idea of what I mean, and from there you’ll have a clearer understanding of whether or not this is the right app for you.

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Coupon Decoder Lite


Pros & Cons


  • Scan DataBar, UPC, EAN, and GS1 codes to access detailed coupon information
  • Use your device’s integrated camera to scan coupons
  • View data such as expiration dates, savings offered, and text descriptions of the offers


  • While this app for discounts seems to work just fine, I don’t really see the relevance to everyday consumers when there are far more extensively featured coupon scanning apps and QR code scanners that save information and offer greater versatility

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Final Words

Coupon Decoder Lite for iPhone and iPad probably won’t appeal to many normal shoppers but it is still a decent app so I can’t fault the developers for the overall design and execution of the concept.

Coupon Decoder Lite

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Mark is an opinionated writer who loves to review apps. In 2012, he started reviewing Apple apps on a regular basis and wonders how he survived up to that point without these apps.