eCoupons 101

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An easy way to save money at your favorite stores is to use their electronic coupons. In order to access these special deals you must have that store’s club card. Not all stores provide them, but if they do it can provide a big payoff for you.

Once you have a club card, go to that store’s website and register. In my example I am going to use Safeway. Once at Safeway’s home page you will see a box that looks like this.

Safeay home page

Here you will click on the tab that says “Coupon Center and log in. This is the next page you will see.

eCoupons

Safeway updates their coupons every week so go back regularly to find ones you like. Since you do not actually have to clip anything, go ahead and choose any that you he the slightest possibility of using. Under each coupon you will see an expiration date for that particular item. Once you have added all the ones you want, you can X out the page, or you can print out a list for your binder of all the electronic coupons you have loaded. This is nice to have when you go to the store so you can see how what you have, especially when you find an unexpected sale.

 

To use your coupon, you simply run your club card like you do for every transaction and the computer automatically takes the amount off your total. In the case of Safeway, the receipt will specify all the savings for a given product.

eCoupon Receipt

The photo is blurry but I hope you can identify the various line. For the Corn Chex cereal the regular price for 3 boxes would have been $10.47. The store sale took off $4.50 and I had an eCoupon that took off $1, and I had a manufacture paper coupon that took off an additional $1. This left a total cost of $3.97 for all 3 boxes of cereal.

Always make sure you thoroughly explore a website. At Safeway for example, if you click on Personalized Deals you can load extra savings onto your card. They are not coupons, they are giving you an unadvertised sale price.

 

I hope I have inspired you to search for electronic coupons from your local stores and use this easy and simple way to save extra money on your next shopping trip.

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I have been married for 20 years and have 3 children. My oldest is 20 and currently in the National Guard. My daughters are 15 and 11 and involved in everything. I believe life is difficult enough, that we can find ways to make the everyday just a little easier and perhaps even more simple. I love to cook, shop and make things with the kids.

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