Do you want to know one of my pet peeves. I hate coupons! Even when I remember to clip the darn things, I forget to bring them with me to the store. ARRRGH! That’s why when I found about how to use the myriad of loyalty cards that are attached to my key ring (and always in my pocket!) I got really excited.
So if you are one of those people who loves coupons, you’ll really love this — how to utilize your store’s loyalty card and get additional savings. And if you hate coupons like me, you’ll be happy to know that absent-minded professors can also save money thanks to technology!
Most major grocery stores offer coupons. You can grab them in the store, in your weekly newspaper supplement, and often in the mail. What you may not know is that many grocers also offer coupons with their membership and loyalty programs. Here’s how it works.
Step #1 Get a Loyalty Card
If you don’t already have a loyalty card for the supermarkets you frequent, sign up for one. In addition to weekly in-store savings, you may also earn points that you can use on gasoline, tickets, and other promotions. In most cases you can obtain a loyalty card when you check out. You can also head to the information desk and sign up. You simply need to provide your name, email, and telephone number and you’re good to go.
Step #2 Visit the Store Website
Once you have your loyalty card(s), visit the website and see if they offer downloadable coupons. Most major supermarkets offer printable coupons, coupons you print from your home computer. However, many also offer downloadable coupons. This is where you can really start to save tons of money. On top of your loyalty discount, you’ll add coupon savings. It can really add up. You may have to register with the grocer’s website in order to access the downloadable coupons.
Step #3 Peruse the Offerings
In most cases, you’ll be able to scroll through pages of current coupons. Simply put a check next to the ones you want to add to your card. Once you’ve finished adding them, you can then click on a button that says, “Add to card.” It may take a few seconds but you can then go and check your card to make sure the coupons were added. Some grocers even show you what coupons are about to expire and what coupons you’ve used so far.
A Word of Caution
If you’re using both printable and downloadable coupons you’ll get some overlap. For example, you might print a coupon for cereal and add a coupon to your card for the same cereal. Pay attention to the coupon that has the better offer. Usually, they’re different and in many cases the printable coupon offers the better saving.
However, if you swipe your loyalty card before you hand the cashier your coupons, it’ll apply the coupon on your card. The printable one will no longer apply. To save the most money, pay attention to the differences and use the coupon that offers the biggest savings first.
Adding coupons to your loyalty card is a quick and easy way to make sure you’re always saving a bit of money. Consider sitting down once a week to look at what’s offered to ensure you always have up to date coupons on your card. I’m kind of liking this new system — at least I don’t have to worry about forgetting my coupons at home anymore.