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”. 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!
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.
51Checkout.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. Currently, they have offers for milk, yogurt, Pledge & Windex, along with about 15 others! Again, you can cashout with this one (at $20)