While paper coupons have been around forever and Internet Printables for a few years, eCoupons are finally beginning to become more popular.
What are eCoupons?
eCoupons are coupons that are loaded directly on to your store loyalty card through a variety of websites. They are accepted at stores like the Safeway “family” of stores, Kroger and many local chains.
Where do I find these eCoupons?
Cellfire: Cellfire coupons are accepted at Baker’s, Carrs, City Market, Dillons, Dominick’s, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Genuardi’s, Gerbes, Giant Eagle, Hilander, JayC, King Soopers, Kroger, Owen’s, Pavilions, Pay Less, QFC, Ralphs, Randall’s, Scott’s, Shop n Save, ShopRite, Smith’s, Tom Thumb, and Vons. Simply load the coupons on to your store loyalty cards and you are good to go!
SavingStar: SavingStar is new on the scene and they work at over 100 chains in 24,000 stores nationwide. SavingStar is unique in that you don’t see the savings come off of your bill at checkout, rather the savings are deposited in to your SavingStar account within 7-30 days depending upon where you shop. Once your SavingStar account reaches $5 in savings, you can pick your payout from a bank account deposit, a PayPal account deposit, an Amazon gift card, or a donation to charity. More options to come!
Upromise: Upromise provides an easy way to save money for college through the use of eCoupons as well as additional savings when you make a purchase at select gas stations, restaurants an1000s of retailers online. Your Upromise savings are not taken off of your total at the register, but are depoited in to your Upromise account.
Store websites: grocery stores have had printable manufacturers coupons on their website for some time, but many of them are now switching the printable coupons over to ones that you load on your loyalty card. Check with the website of your local store to see if they offer this option
P&G eSaver: available to Safeway and Kroger stores as well as select other chains. These coupons are for items made by Proctor & Gamble.
Can I stack and eCoupon with a paper coupon?
The answer is Yes…and No. It really depends on the store and the type of eCoupon being used. Most stores will allow you to combine a paper coupon with Upromise or SavingStar coupons, but not Cellfire, Shortcuts or P&G eSaver coupons. I suggest finding out if it is ok through trial and error because the truth is, the automatic answer you will get from a cashier is “no”
Do eCoupons double?
NO! I’ll be honest with you, I don’t use that many eCoupons except Upromise and SavingStar because my stores will allow me to stack paper coupons with Upromise and SavingStar coupons. Other than that, my paper coupons all double and I save more using the paper coupons. However, if you live in an area where the stores don’t double coupons, eCoupons may be perfect for you!