Monday, May 11, 2009

Money Saving Mondays! e-Coupons - my lazy way to save money!

I thought I would start a series called Money Saving Mondays! I love to save money, post deals, and just in general make my dollar stretch a little further so keep up with me on Mondays for some easy ways to save money! This is the first in a series of many money saving tips - e-Coupons!

For me, coupons have become a shopping staple, but I have to admit that all that clipping and sorting can be a pain sometimes. Lately, I haven't even been keeping them sorted by week (I will have to change that, I think I just got overwhelmed and needed to take a break) (if you'll remember, I actually threw all my coupons away just a few weeks back). That’s why I’ve decided to dedicate this post to a few trusty (and free!) paperless coupon sources.

The process is simple: sign up online, load their coupons on your store’s shopping card, and they’ll automatically deduct when you scan your card at the checkout. The best part is that you can stack these coupons with paper coupons, so you can often get items for really cheap or even free! Most of these services are available at only select merchants, but they seem to keep adding more! If you read my previous blog ($20 Challenge for Charity), you've probably seen this post before but I wanted to revisit it because all of these sites keep adding more coupons each month and I've added a few more tidbits of information! Earn some extra money for college or pay off qualified student expenses with The program has TONS of partners, including restaurants, grocery stores, drugstores, and online retailers. For a more detailed look at how this program works, click here!. Although the savings aren't immediate with, these e-coupons can be used with other e-coupons and paper coupons. Plus once you register your credit card too, you can save money for college at lots of places you might shop!

P&G e-Saver: Anyone who buys the Sunday paper for the coupons should be familiar with the monthly P&G Saver coupons for personal care and health products and a few food items. Did you know they also have the paperless version, P&G e-Saver? The paperless coupons are currently only available at Kroger stores, but anyone can sign up to receive e-newsletters featuring additional coupons and sample offers! All the sample and coupon offers are on the same page, so it makes it very easy to navigate! Like others, you can use the e-coupons along with the paper coupons from the Sunday insert!

Shortcuts: Shortcuts is easy to use, and they offer coupons for a variety of brand name items. You can save up to 50 coupons at a time on your grocery card, create a grocery list, and receive e-mail notifications based on how much you saved during a shopping trip or new coupons that are available. Right now, Shortcuts is only available at about a dozen or so partner stores, but they are always accepting requests for more stores. If you store isn't included, you should ask! Plus, shortcuts will send you reminders when your coupons are expiring or when they add new coupons!

Cellfire: With Cellfire, you have the option of loading coupons onto a store card or downloading them to your cell phone. In addition to grocery coupons, you can also get discounts for restaurants, movie rentals, and more! Sign up and enter your zip code to check out your local deals. One plus - no spam on your cell phone (at least I haven't gotten any in the three plus months I've been using cellfire). Previously, Cellfire only had e-coupons in my area for Kroger, but recently has added Randalls and Tom Thumb. In addition, you can have cellfire send your cellphone coupon codes that can be used at retailers such as Best Buy and Payless Shoes!

If anyone knows of any other good e-coupon sources, just let me know and I’ll feature them in a future post! Plus I would love to check them out! This is truly the easy way to save money, and since the savings are automatic at checkout, you don't have to worry about forgetting to hand over your coupons! Have questions about e-coupons? Leave me a comment, I will try my best to answer them!

Want to join in on Money Saving Mondays? Copy my button, post it on your blog, and leave me a comment with a link to your post (I will figure out the Mr. Linky thing soon)!


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