Saturday, February 09, 2013

Effortless Savings Using eCoupons

We all want to save money, at least I assume you do.  The problem is, sometimes it's just a pain to hunt down newspapers or grocery and drug store flyers, clip, organize, remember to bring, and use paper coupons.  Saving money should not be a job, but more of a second-nature, type of thing.  One of the easiest ways to do this with grocery stores is to use eCoupons.  eCoupons are electronic coupons that are automatically loaded on to your store loyalty card (think CVS Extra Care card).  Grocery stores, such as Safeway and Giant (and many others) provide these options in addition to regular coupons.  That's right, in addition, meaning you can "stack," or combine savings together.

One program that I have been using for quite some time is Savings Star.  With Savings Star, you simply register for the program, add your loyalty cards, and visit the site before you shop to see what coupons are available.  See an offer you like?  Click to "activate" it.  The best part is that once you use the coupon at the store, Savings Star will rebate your account for that amount.  For example, General Mills has a coupon for $1 off cereal and you activate the coupon.  Go to the store, buy the selected brand and you will have $1 deposited in your account.  Once you hit $5, you can request a transfer via Paypal.  Can't get any easier than that.

In future posts, I will discuss how other eCouponing strategies to also help you save painlessly.