Internet Savings: Coupons

by Kay Lynn

Vintage Coupon

Couponing saves me a lot of money when shopping.  Most of my grocery and drug store coupons come from the local newspapers which is the traditional distribution.  That’s no longer the only game in town. 

 Since you’re reading this on some Internet-enabled device you can also find coupons the same way.  This article will take a look at a few of my favorite sites focusing on grocery and drug store coupons.  In a future post, I’ll discuss coupons used at brick and mortar and online stores.

Print Coupon Websites

Many of the match-up blogs covered in Internet Savings: Deals Blogs reference online coupons as well as print ones. 

 Redplum and Smart Source publish inserts you find in newspapers but offers coupons online as well.  Select the ones that you will use and print.  Coupons reset monthly so make sure to make it a regular stop.

* Coupons.com offers coupons that can change on a daily basis. There’s a weekly newsletter that will let you know of popular coupons and other information.   This site also offers recipes to help you with meal planning.

Shopper Card Websites

According to this ehow article all you need to load coupons to your store shopper card is a computer, Internet access, the card and the motivation to save.  The benefit is that you don’t have to remember to print or cut out the coupons and take them with you to the store.

Shortcuts lets you skip the step of printing out coupons and using paper and ink.  This website features the abiltiy to load the coupons right onto your grocery store shopper card.  Partner stores include Kroger and Safeway family of stores.  

* Your favorite grocery stores may offer electronic coupons on their websites as well.  I load coupons and points offers right onto my Ralph’s Rewards card. 

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Finding coupons on the internet is another tool in your arsenal to save money and stay within budget.  How do you coupon online?

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Money Reasons May 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm

What a clever system! I’ve never heard of loading up your grocery card with coupons before…

I’m almost surprised the grocery stores do this! I’ll have to see if our grocery store has a similar plan!

Thanks for teaching me something new today 🙂
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Bucksome May 25, 2010 at 5:50 am

Money Reasons, the stores want you to come there versus their competitor down the street so it is one more way to build loyalty. I bet a very small percentage of customers do it however.

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Jeff @ sustainablelifeblog May 25, 2010 at 5:50 am

Great article. I’m not so great at using the print coupons (im the type that will buy something if it’s got the coupon stuck on the package, but I dont get the newspaper and typically forget to grab the weekly ad as I’m headed to the store. However, whenever I buy something, its become second nature to me to google “retailer im buying from” coupons. This works almost all of the time, even if it’s something as simple as free shipping, it’s worth the .0245 seconds it takes google to search.

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Bucksome May 25, 2010 at 5:53 am

Jeff, that’s a great tip about googling for coupons before making a purchase. I’m going to write another article on retail couponing (versus this one on grocery and drug store coupons) and will include yours.

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FabulousSavings.com May 25, 2010 at 7:10 am

Yeah, definitely utilize search engines before buying online. It’s amazing what kinds of deals you can find out there. Store + coupons, brand + coupons and product + coupons searches will all likely result in free discounts.

Also, a lot of stores post exclusive coupons and deals on Twitter, Facebook and in their e-mail newsletters, so follow/subscribe to all available networks. 🙂

– Shayna from FabulousSavings.com

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Onewayshopping.com May 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Nice suggestions. Also try a couple of sites where you can compare prices. This can also be a huge avenue for savings.

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Bucksome May 27, 2010 at 6:01 am

Onewayshopping, thanks for the suggesting on price comparison. I use shopsavvy on my smartphone to compare prices wshen shopping as well.

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