The Sunday paper and a pair of scissors: that's how I've traditionally gotten grocery coupons. Technology is changing that, though. There are new ways to save money using computers and cell phones, among other things, to access deals on everyday grocery items. Here' s a quick primer:
Printable coupon websites are a great way to access new savings. Use these sites to download and print paper coupons. Popular sites include Coupons
, Smart Source
, Red Plum
and Wow Coupons
. Make a point of checking once a week for the brands you regularly buy.
Next stop, bookmark sites like Retail Me Not
and Coupon Cabin
. In addition to printable coupons, these sites identify coupon codes redeemable at specific websites
. Use the codes for discounts or free shipping on your online purchases. Like printable coupon sites, they are totally free to use. (Yes!)
If you're brand loyal, visit company websites and look for coupon offers there. Kraft
, Pepperidge Farm
, Stonyfield Farm
are just a few of countless brands you might try. You could
be buying generic store brands, so why not be rewarded for your loyalty?
are something to look out for. Installed in some chain stores such as CVS, Kroger
and Stop & Shop, you simply swipe your customer card and receive in-store coupons. Personally, I think this is far preferable to receiving coupons at the end of my receipt, after
I've completed all my shopping for the week, as is currently the case at many stores, CVS included.
Another exciting concept is the shopping widget, a program that helps connect people with store savings. The customer prepares a shopping list and the store's widget automatically goes looking for deals and coupons to match whats on the list. So far I've only heard of this being available through the Meijer grocery store chain's website
, but I'd love to try it out!
Cell phone coupons
are expected to be the next big thing in shopper savings, so get a jump and learn how it works now. Cellfire
is the place many people start. You can get printable coupons on the Cellfire website, but the downloadable mobile application is the main attraction. The app stores coupon codes on your cell phone, no printing or clipping required.
Good old paper coupons are still a reliable way to save, however, and remain far more popular than digital ways to save
. People are actually clipping paper coupons in greater numbers
than ever since the economy stumbled. Bottom line: take advantage of new ways to access coupons
... but don't give up on the Sunday paper just yet!