Couponing for the Rest of Us

SmartPhone Coupon Apps (Share your faves!)

Posted by DealDetectiveKim:
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I have a confession to make–I went crazy off the budget while I was on vacation.  Honestly, a cruise might have been cheaper than leaving me free to shop for a whole week, with holiday sales out there in my face!
By far, the biggest splurge was my new phone.  My contract was up, I was looking to upgrade, and… well, I got a smart phone.  To be specific, an iPhone.  It was like a new relationship–I wanted to spend all my time with it, learning all about it, gushing over how wonderful it is.  You’ve been there, right?  And when you have a new relationship, you want to tell everyone all about your new love!  So, dear readers, I am going to share with you some convenient apps for smart phones that can make your coupon life easier.  (If you have something other than an iPhone, please share your faves in the comments!)
  1. Go to the app store for your particular phone and search for similar apps.  If you have trouble finding what you’re looking for, do what I did: I couldn’t figure out how to do something I needed to do and I put it out there on Facebook.  In under an hour, I had exact directions on how to do what I’d spent a week trying to figure out!
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  2. Both Groupon and Living Social, two deal sites we talk a lot about here on Time 2 $ave, have smart phone apps.  I installed both of those.  It transferred all my info to the phone, so now when I want to use a deal I purchased, I just pull it up on the phone and show it to the merchant.  No printer required, no finding that elusive printout–couldn’t be simpler!  I can also check quickly for the daily deal and buy it, using my stored info.  Both of these apps are free.
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  3. I also saved Swagbucks to my screen so that I can remember to do more regular searches and earn more Swagbucks.  If you use Cellfire (Kroger shoppers, take note!) they also have a free app.

  4. Key ring is a cool app.  It does take a few minutes or so to set up.  Once you install it, you use the phone’s camera to scan the barcodes of all your store loyalty cards, naming them as you go.  Then you can take them off your keyring, store them at home in a safe location, and bring them up on screen with a couple of clicks to be scanned from the phone by the store clerk!  This is also a free app.
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  5. I like the notes app that came already installed on the phone.  You can use it for shopping lists, best price lists, deal matchups, etc.  I used mine the other day to make a list of what all I got in my drugstores run, how much I paid total, and how much I had in RRs left over.

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SavingStar: Get $5 Payouts when you use these Digital Coupons!

It’s high time we talked in-depth about SavingStar Digital Coupons - they’re pretty new on the scene, so let’s start at the begining.  ANY store that uses a store loyalty card – will accept SavingStar Coupons.  That includes CVS, Rite-Aid, Kroger, Bi-Lo, Food Lion, Ingles, & more

I am adding my CVS card RIGHT NOW so that I can learn the ropes with you – so here we go!

Loading SavingStar E-Coupons:

  1. View all the available SavingStar Digital CouponsHERE
  2. Pick the ones you want and click “I Want This”
  3. They’re asking me to register my CVS card (Doing it…..)  DONE!

That’s it folks – I registered one of my store loyalty cards, put a GUM Flossers coupon on it (FREE at Walgreens this week!) – and I’m ready to shop.  Now, what happens at the store?

Using your E-Coupons:

  • Scan your store card at checkout to activate your Saving Star E-Coupons
  • SavingStar coupon will not come off at checkout – instead, they accumulate until you hit the $5 mark
  • Once at $5, you pick how you want your money:
    - $5 Deposited to your bank
    - $5 Paypal Deposit
    - $5 Amazon Gift card

A few other points:

  • Manufacturer Coupons are not intended to be used with SavingStar eCoupons.  HOWEVER – Using in-store coupons in combination with SavingStar eCoupons is not a problem. Using coupons from other services in combination with a SavingStar “One or Many” deal is not a problem. (quoted from the Savingstar FAQ Page)

    In other words, it IS FINE to use coupons for SC Johnson Products alongside a $5 off $20 SC Johnson SavingStar eCoupon

  • You can keep tabs on how much $$ you’re earning on the SavingStar website.
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  • It usually takes just a couple days for your E-Coupon to register and show up on the site, but it can take up to 30 days in some cases.
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  • I probably won’t be able to stay on top of this as well as I’d like – so I plan to just leave all those savings alone for awhile – and then check it when Christmas gets close.  I bet that’ll be a nice little nest egg to help with holiday shopping!

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED!

LearnVest: Free Daily Tips for Frugal Living

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Here’s a great E-Newsletter worth joining!  Sign up for LearnVest to get a daily email, each containing a few helpful tips/articles about frugal living.

LearnVest has even teamed up with RealSimple Magazine to bring you the “Cut Your Cost Bootcamp” - a perfect way to kick off the summer, financially speaking!

From beauty tips to being a “Budget Bride” – even this really interesting series called “The Secret Millionaire Diary” – in which a secret millionaire (obviously) sets out to help those in need anonymously.

*Exciting News* Couponing Slideshow Tutorials!

We’re happy to announce that we’ve added some new Couponing Tutorials, in a slideshow format, to the Time2Save website!  Stay tuned as we will be adding more over the coming weeks.

You can check out the first *4* tutorials below:

1)   Getting Started

  • 2)   DON’T Pay Full Price – Get Rid of Your List!
  • 3)   The Life Cycle of a Coupon

    4)   Internet Printables

    Keep in mind that these tutorials are intended to EDUCATE you about the parts of a coupon, how to use them, how to obtain them, and how to change the way you shop.  Learning is a process – but the time you invest will pay off HUGE!

    Starting Simple: Get a Free Toothbrush & Body Wash @ CVS!

    Welcome to “Starting Simple”, our weekly posts helping BRAND SPANKING NEW couponers get in the coupon saddle for the first time!  This week I want to show you how to walk out of CVS with a FREE Oral B toothbrush and FREE RightGuard Bodywash.  Sound Good?  Then let’s begin!

    The focus of this Starting Simple is  Buy a CVS item that receives Extra Care Bucks and then USE those “ECB’s” to buy another item.

    Extra Care Bucks (ECB’s) are like “CVS money”.  You can spend these bucks on anything in the store, including another deal that produces ECB’s!  By buying items from our Weekly CVS Highlights that produce Extra Care Bucks, and using those bucks to buy other ECB deals week after week, you can essentially get new items each week for free.

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    See the full CVS Weekly Highlights HERE

    1) The first thing we’ll do is walk in the store, grab an ad, and head to the toothbrush section.  Pick up one of the Oral B toothbrushes that is on sale for $2.99 and will generate a $.99 Extra Care Buck.  Then head over to the body wash and look for a RightGuard BodyWash that has a yellow “Peelie” coupon stuck to it.  You should have no problem finding one with a coupon attached, but if you do – it’s okay!

    2) First Transaction:
    Scan your CVS Card
    Buy 1 Oral B Manual Toothbrush = $2.99
    Use the $2 off coupon found in the 4/3 Proctor & Gamble insert*
    Pay $.99 ~ Get $.99 Extra Care Bucks (Limit of 1 deal per customer)

    *You’ll need to have bought the April 3rd Sunday paper to have these coupons.  Didn’t buy it?  Ask a neighbor, family member or friend!

    3) After the first transaction is finished, tear the $.99 ECB coupon from the bottom of your receipt and purchase the Right Guard Body Wash.  Right Guard Body Wash is $3.88, and you’ll get $3 ECB back on your receipt.

    4) Second Transaction:
    Scan your CVS Card
    Buy 1 RightGuard BodyWash = $3.88
    Use the $1/1 coupon found on the bodywash
    Use your $.99 ECB
    Pay $1.89 ~ Get $3 Extra Care Bucks (Limit of 1 deal per customer)

    Now if there is something else in this week’s ad that you want/need, you can spend your $3 ECB on that.  Otherwise, hold onto it for the next week’s sales (Begining 4/10) and I’ll show you some more items you can get for FREE!

    Printable “Buy Price” List

     

    Several of you have asked for a copy of this list – so here it is! These are the prices we consider “good buys” and “stockpile prices”.  When an item hits stockpile price, it’s time to get enough to last you until the next sales cycle!  Buying extra each time the price hits rock bottom will ensure that you never (or almost never) have to pay full price again.  We call this “builind your pantry.”  Once you learn how to shop the Time 2 $ave way by shopping out of what you use, instead of what you need all of these numbers will start to make sense.  If you are confused – click here for a link to our new step by step tutorials to help get you started.

    Stockpile Price List- PRINT HERE

    Problems Printing Coupons? We’re Here to Help!

    I think I mentioned recently that my friend Tessie just started couponing a couple weeks ago. (See her fist trip!)  Well, she finally got a printer as well – but has been having problems printing the Smart Source coupons.  I know this is a problem for LOTS of people – and there is a solution!

    Here’s a tutorial we posted previously on Printer Troubleshooting – Read & Enjoy!

    And, while we’re on the subject of Browser-related issues, I want to highly recommend any of you who still use Internet Explorer 7, to go ahead and upgrade to Internet Explorer Version 8

    Upgrading will make things go more smoothly for you with printing, viewing our website, and using the Printable List on Time2Save.

    Let us know if you have any printing tips & tricks to help out all the new faces around here!

    Coupon Binder Tutorial!! FINALLY!! Binder

    So many of you have asked us how to start a coupon binder.  We put this tutorial together for you and tried to be as thorough as possible. (Click “Full Screen View” to see everything more clearly) 
    Links to store policies that are published are below. 
    Helpful Downloads:
    1. Learning the Lingo HERE (simple version), HERE (detailed list)
    2. Printable Meal Planner HERE
    3. Walmart Corporate Coupon Policy HERE, price matching policy HERE, and FAQ’s HERE
    4. Rite Aid Coupon Policy HERE

    Online Store:
    We now have Binders, Baseball Card Holders & All You Magazine available online to purchase HERE.