This is part repost & part update of a post I did last summer. At the request of my “board girls”, I am updating it for them!
I used to be such a good couponer. I had a binder full, I could plan out shopping trips, and get a ton free (remember the free boxes of Frozen Limades?). Then….I got a full time job, and life happened, and kids got into sports and well – I did what I could, but not to the level I used to.
I miss being able to open my pantry and see a stash of paper towels I got for free, or go to my laundry room and see 15 bottles of detergent I got for pennies.
Couponing has evolved from simply cutting coupons out of a newspaper on Sunday. You can get them online, and even on your smartphone. They come in the mail inside of magazines, and direct mailers from the companies.
Here are some of my favorite places to get coupons and or savings!
The obvious one – printable coupons from Coupons.com. Cilck & print – super easy!!!
Next comes iBotta. This one takes a little work AFTER you have done your shopping. iBotta is an app on your phone that allows you to scan the product, and then upload your receipt and they will give you cash back for buying the product and doing things like sending a tweet (often worth 25¢) or liking the products facebook page. iBotta allows you to cash out at $5 earnings, and use it towards cash (via paypal), or Starbucks or other gift cards!
Next comes SavingStar. This one is a “no brainer” for the most part. Just sign on, add the coupons to your store cards (Bi-Lo, Food Lion, CVS, etc). And it will add the savings to your account (it will NOT come off at the register). For example, a few weeks ago they had a “Get 100% back when you buy a York Peppermint Patty”. I bought one, and got 99¢ credited to my account. Like iBotta, you can cash out with this one! **UPDATE** Some stores require you to scan the receipt for this one, and are no longer automatic based on your store cards. Be sure to check this one weekly to make sure you have all the new items added to your card. Some offers are $5 when you purchase $25 or more of a certain brand, and these can be purchased over multiple shopping trips.
CellFire.com - online coupons that allow you to add coupons to your Kroger (or affliate) store cards. They come off at the register when you purchase certain items. They often also have freebies to load to your Kroger (or affliate) store. **UPDATE – if you have a Kroger close by, be sure to add coupons to your store card from the Kroger.com website. While you cannot combine those coupons with paper coupons for the same item – this is a good way to use coupons and not have to worry about taking paper coupons to the store. Also, Kroger often has Friday Freebies, where a completely free item can be added to your card!
Checkout51.com - another like iBotta, that requires a little work after the fact, but has good results. They routinely have “get cash back when you buy milk” – any brand of milk. Just scan the barcode on the milk and the receipt and they will credit your account with the offers you pick. I like this one because they have a lot of “any brand” offers, where you can buy any brand yogurt, milk, fruit and get money back. Currently, they also have offers for Kashi, Dove, King Arthur Flour, along with about 15 others! Again, you can cashout with this one (at $20).
SnapByGroupon.com - another like iBotta & Checkout51 that require you to pick your offers, and then scan your receipt. They too often have “any milk” or “any yogurt” offers. They sometimes have alcohol offers as well! Currently they have cash back offers on Redd’s Apple Ale, BeechNut Baby Food, Oranges and a few magazines as well!
Walmart Savings Catcher – This one is a total no-brainer! I mean, you scan 1 thing and it does ALL the work for you! Step 1 – buy stuff at Walmart, Step 2, scan the bar code or QR code at the bottom of your receipt with the Walmart App (alternatively, it looks like you can also enter receipt information online to your account and it will do the same thing). Step 3 – Walmart scans competitor ads on eligible products and if they find a lower price, you get the difference back in either a Walmart gift card OR Bluebird Card (Amex pre-paid). You let the money just sit, adding a little at a time and it would be a great thing to save for Christmas! Last week, we bought some crackers that were priced at $2.50 at Walmart. The same crackers were on sale at Food Lion for $2.00, so we got 50¢ back into our Savings Catcher account. We don’t shop at Walmart too often, so this will never be a big money maker for me. However, get into the habit of scanning every single receipt (up to 15 per week), and you never know when you’ll get a little back!
For those that like to shop online!
If you have a .edu email address, you can get Amazon Student Prime Membership for half of the normal amazon prime cost. This is GREAT for those that like to shop through amazon!
You get it free for 6 months, and then after that it is $49 a year!
There is also ebates.com, which gives you cash back (from 2% to 25%) for shopping thru them for online purchases. Some examples are Kohls, 123InkJets.com, Macys, Groupon and tons more! I have been a member of ebates.com for about 6 years, and as of today have gotten back roughly $600. They sent out money 4 times a year in “BFP – Big Fat Payments” either through paypal, or check. Money earned Jan-March 31st comes on May 15th. Its a fun little surprise each quarter to get that BFP!
If you sign up through my link (((CLICK HERE))) you will get a $10 cash bonus when you make your first purchase of $25 or more! So easy to do!!!