It seems like every store has one these days – customer loyalty cards. You know, those cards that save you money on select items in the store. You have to apply for them and then the store gives you a card and usually a key chain tag. Some stores are doubling down on loyalty rewards by offering coupons attached to the cards. Now, when you make a purchase on select items, you get the store discount and the manufacturer’s discount. Double-win. How do you take advantage of the additional savings?
Sign Up With The Store
Before you can take advantage of any savings, you need to sign up with a store that has a customer loyalty card. Choose your favorite store and ask about both the loyalty card and e-coupons. Not all stores do e-coupons so make sure you ask about this half of the arrangement. If a store doesn’t offer e-coupons, it’s not the end of the world, but you won’t be able to take advantage of this little trick.
Once you have a loyalty card, you’ll probably also have to sign up to receive e-coupons. Most stores that offer them will ask for your email address. You’ll have to create a username too – the store then sends you periodic emails when items go on sale and when there’s a coupon for something.
Load The Coupons
E-coupons aren’t automatically added to your store card. You’ll need to add them yourself. Log into your e-coupon website through the store. Alternatively, you can click here to find 3rd-party e-coupon sites that will help you load coupons. If you’re unsure whether your store accepts digital coupon codes, these 3rd-party sites will help find participating stores.
Before you go shopping, you just need to add the coupons that you want to use with the store card. Load any and all coupons you think you might use – even if you’re not sure, load the coupon. You never know when you’ll find something being marked down (i.e. “manager’s special” items). When you check out, the cashier will scan your card before you pay and the discount will be taken off your total purchase.
Ditch Paper Coupons
E-coupons work just like paper coupons. They even have the same limitations. Usually, when you use an e-coupon, you’re unable to combine it with paper ones, so feel free to ditch the paper and just use the store card.
In most cases, the coupons will have a “per transaction” or “per person” limit to them anyway. That means that you can only use one coupon per item, per transaction or per person. So, it’s not going to do you any good to hoard paper coupons. Look on the bright side: there’s less clutter for you to manage.
Like regular coupons, you have to pay attention to the limitations and terms and conditions. E-coupons can only be used once per shopping card. When the coupon is used, it’s deactivated and cannot be used on subsequent shopping trips. There’s also a small drawback in that you can’t load multiple coupons for the same item on your shopping card.
With paper coupons, you can take 3 coupons to the store for the same box of cereal. Many paper coupons allow you to use one coupon per item. With e-coupons, you may be limited to one coupon per transaction – meaning you can’t stock up on your favorite items. However, you’ll still save money on that shopping trip, and that’s always a good thing.
Russell Matthews is always searching for ways to cut down on the grocery bill. When he finds a good deal he then goes online and shares the joy through blogging.