Coupons are more popular than ever, but today there’s a divide between paper and digital. Some people prefer classic paper coupons while some like the ease of saving through digital coupons. With a new, free program called SavingStar you can utilize the best of both worlds.
What is SavingStar?
SavingStar is a digital grocery e-coupon service that links all of your customer loyalty cards and gives you a payout once $5 in savings is reached. The program is very similar to existing digital coupon services such as the one found on Kroger.com. However, with SavingStar you can continue to use paper and in-store digital coupons in addition to their e-coupons. Register your store cards (locally, Rite Aid, CVS, Food Lion and Kroger cards can be registered) and then choose which e-coupons you want loaded onto your card or cards. Use the card at checkout as you normally would and your savings will be automatically added to your SavingStar account.
Here is where this program differs from other digital coupon services: Your grocery bill will stay the same; the savings are simply reported to SavingStar, not the cashier, which is how you can get by with using your usual paper and digital coupons in addition to your SavingStar coupons.
Once your savings reach $5, SavingStar will deposit the money into your bank or PayPal account, convert it to an Amazon gift card or make a donation to American Forests.
New SavingStar coupons are uploaded to the site every month. Most are available on the first of every month, but new deals may be introduced periodically after that. The savings often appear in your account between two days and two weeks after shopping. Some of the coupons carry a value of $2 or more, so achieving the $5 goal could happen quickly.
If you see a coupon for a product you are interested in, it’s best to buy it early in the month. The coupons can “sell out,” so you may not earn savings for certain products if you wait too long to use them. When you’re choosing your e-coupons, it will be noted if the coupon is for one-time use or can be used multiple times. Most can only be applied to your savings account once.
Often, the e-coupons are for popular grocery items. Throughout the month of August, Beech-Nut baby food, Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels, Bayer aspirin, One A Day vitamins and POM Wonderful juice were all available, and each carried $1 in savings – a quick $5 back in your pocket.
Have you used SavingStar yet? Do you plan on adding it to your couponing plan?