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American Shoppers Prefer Paper Coupons

Posted on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Clipping CouponsIt is no secret that Americans love coupons. Anything that can simply, and reliably, save a person some money will always be popular. A survey discovered that American shoppers prefer certain kinds of coupons over the other varieties.

A survey was done by Gfk Custom Research North America. It was commissioned by a website called CreditCards.com. The researchers asked 1,000 American adults about their coupon habits. It appears that all the adults who were questioned had credit and/or debit cards.

The researchers discovered something unexpected. American shoppers prefer paper coupons over digital coupons and printable coupons. They prefer clipping paper coupons over loading digital coupons onto their phones.

A senior industry analyst at the credit website that commissioned the survey believes that the preference for paper coupons might decrease as technology advances and consumers and brands become more comfortable using coupons electronically. It has been estimated that once the eCoupon process gets easier for people that 85% will shift away from paper coupon use.

Here is what the survey found:

* 85% of Americans use coupons at least occasionally.

* 63% of the 1,000 people in the survey who use coupons said that they most frequently present cashiers with coupons that came from newspapers, mailings, and other paper products.

* Paper coupon usage decreases with income and increases with age. In other words, the less money you have – the more paper coupons you will use. The survey found that as people age, they tend to use more paper coupons.

* Despite the previous finding, the survey also discovered that people who are 18 to 24 years old are using paper coupons about twice as much as any other types of coupons.

* The majority of the 1,000 people in the survey indicated that paper coupons were their first choice. 17% of the people in the survey preferred the type of coupon that allows them to enter a discount code online. Only 15% of the people surveyed preferred to present a coupon or discount code that is on their phone to the cashier.

Why are the 18-24 year olds, the most technologically savvy generation, still using paper coupons? The survey did not say. Perhaps it is because this group tends to have a high amount of student loan debt, and little option to obtain a high-paying job after graduation.

It is possible that they are using plenty of digital coupons, too. The younger generation may have figured out that it is sometimes possible to use a digital coupon and a paper coupon at the same time – for an even bigger savings than if they only used one kind of coupon.

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Make Sure You Read the Fine Print on Coupons

Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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PancakesPeople can get excited over a really good coupon. It is easy to see why. Coupons help people stretch their dollars and save money. It is really important to take a moment to read the fine print on a coupon or special offer before you use it. Failure to do so could have some embarrassing results.

Denny’s frequently offers coupons to their customers. It is important to read the fine print on Denny’s coupons, just in case the offer changed since the last time you used that kind of coupon. Make sure you fully understand the restrictions and limitations that are on the coupon (or special offer) or you could run into problems.

A woman in the Chicagoland area incorrectly interpreted a special offer at Denny’s. It isn’t entirely clear whether the woman was using a Denny’s coupon, or if she was confused by a special offer that was on the menu. She ordered a $4 all-you-can-eat pancake special.

The woman believed that it was ok to place one order and share the pancakes with all of her friends who were sitting with her at the same table. The server noticed what was happening and explained to the woman that she could not do that. The coupon (or special offer) was for one person only. Sharing was not allowed.

It would be extremely easy to make this kind of mistake. For example, a parent might think the coupon (or special offer) would allow the parent to share the $4 all-you-can-eat pancakes with their child. It can be embarrassing to have a server come over to explain that you misunderstood what was offered.

The woman in the Chicagoland area, unfortunately, didn’t take very kindly to being told she could not share the $4 all-you-can-eat pancakes with her friends. An argument occurred, and police got involved.

Keep this story in mind when you use a coupon for a buffet. Some coupons offer a discount on two adult dinners – but only if each adult also purchases a drink. Most buffets prohibit customers from purchasing a meal, sitting and eating it, and then bringing food home with them. If you want carry-out, you have to pay for that, get your food, and leave the buffet.

Coupons from fast food places always have an expiration date on them. Make sure you check the date before you try and use the coupon. Is the fast food place selling special glasses, or toys, that go with a movie that is currently in theaters? The ad you saw for those items will say “while supplies last”.

Grocery store coupons also can contain some fine print. Read it. You can save yourself the embarrassment of having the cashier refuse your coupon because you selected the wrong brand or product size.

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Where to Get Coupons from Bed, Bath & Beyond

Posted on Thursday, December 10th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Bed Bath and Beyond LogoAre you still getting the big, blue and white, coupon from Bed, Bath & Beyond in the mail? Many people have come to depend on them, and won’t shop the store unless they have that coupon in their hand. You might be getting less of those lovely coupons in the future.

Bed, Bath & Beyond has a coupon problem. The company has sent out so many of their popular 20% off coupons that it is actually costing them money! There is potential that Bed, Bath & Beyond might not start sending out the coupon less frequently than they have in the past.

Fortunately, there are other places to get Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons from. Start at the Bed, Bath and Beyond official website. The instant you arrive, a pop-up will appear that asks that you “Sign Up & Save”. People who join the store’s email list (and are first-time subscribers) will get a 20% off one single item in-store savings certificate. It appears the coupon will arrive in your email.

Did you know that Bed, Bath & Beyond has an official blog? It is called Above & Beyond. There is an offer at the top of the blog that is identical to the one on the official Bed, Bath & Beyond website. Sign up for their email and receive a 20% off one single item in-store saving certificate. It doesn’t specifically mention that the offer is for new subscribers (but that might be the case).

Check out the Bed, Bath and Beyond Facebook page. You can only do that if you have a Facebook account. It seems that Facebook has started blocking some brand pages from people who aren’t signed into Facebook. A brand’s Facebook page is a good place to look for coupons and other special offers.

Bed, Bath & Beyond also has a Twitter account. The brand uses Twitter to feature certain products, to share recipes, and to let people know about sweepstakes and contests. There is potential that they could, perhaps, start posting coupon codes there someday.

There is one more option for people who have an upcoming birthday or if Christmas is just around the corner. Ask your family to buy you gift cards from Bed, Bath & Beyond. A gift card is sort of like a coupon because you can use it to make your purchase a bit less expensive.

Don’t forget to check your mailbox for the big, blue and white, coupon! Bed, Bath, & Beyond has not officially said that they will stop sending people the popular coupon… yet.

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Tips for Holiday Couponing

Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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You can save money if you use coupons, and coupon codes, while doing your holiday shopping.People look forward to celebrating the holidays with loved ones. Nobody looks forward to how high their credit card bill will be after the festivities end. One way to keep the cost of decorations, gifts, and other holiday related expenses down is by using these tips for holiday couponing.

4 Tips for Successful Holiday Couponing

Sign Up for Email
Visit your favorite retailer’s websites and sign up to receive their email. Doing so will give you access to money saving offers that are not available to people who don’t get that store’s email. You might get a first time subscriber discount just for signing up.

Email from stores can contain special coupons that cannot be found anywhere else. Or, you might get a coupon code to use when you shop on the retailer’s website. Sometimes, stores give the customers who are on their email lists access to fresh sales before the general public can shop them.

Look for Daily Deals
Retailers are hoping to make a ton of money during the holidays. As such, they are all in competition with each other for the attention of shoppers. To find the Daily Deals, you need to visit a retailer’s website. Stores tend to make it really obvious that they have Daily Deals to offer.

Daily Deals are another good reason to sign up for a retailer’s email. That email could contain information about Daily Deals that are coming up. That knowledge could help you beat the rush on a Daily Deal for a product you simply must have. Shoppers who didn’t get the email generally do not get advance notice about upcoming Daily Deals.

In addition to Daily Deals, retailers may be offering special coupons (or coupon codes) on their websites. These coupons usually don’t stick around for long. Be sure to take a look at your favorite retailer’s website more than once a day.

Browse Social Media
Take the time to check out the social media pages of the brands that you want to shop from during the holidays. Doing so is a good way to discover upcoming sales that might not have been widely advertised. You might also find coupon codes posted on a brand’s Facebook or Twitter account. Every so often, a brand will offer a printable coupon on their social media pages.

Use More than One Coupon Code
Many shoppers use one coupon code and assume that is the best deal they are going to get. Not necessarily! Some retailers will let consumers use more than one coupon code. Don’t forget to use coupon codes that save you money on shipping! If you enter a coupon code, and the website gives you another box to enter a second one, it cannot hurt to give it a try!

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Why Your Newspaper Didn’t Have Black Friday Coupons

Posted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at 7:00 am
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newspaper-couponsBlack Friday is, without a doubt, the biggest, most anticipated, shopping event of the entire year. In addition to the sales, there are special coupons that are only found in newspaper inserts. Did your newspaper lack those coupons this year?

According to ABC News, advertisers release loads of coupons for Black Friday. Those coupons are worth thousands of dollars in savings. This batch of newspaper inserts is the biggest one of the entire year.

This year, people who purchased a newspaper on the day the huge batch of coupons was included as an insert were disappointed. The coupon inserts that they wanted, that were their main reason for buying the paper, were missing. Thieves rushed in early in the morning, stole the coupon inserts, and left the newspapers on the stands.

There are some people who get so excited about couponing that they are willing to “dumpster dive” in search of coupons. They go through newspapers that someone else purchased, read, and recycled in the hopes that the coupons will still be there. The Black Friday coupon thieves decided to steal the coupon inserts before anyone had the opportunity to buy the newspapers.

These kinds of behaviors are considered to be coupon fraud. It is illegal to take the coupons out of a newspaper that you did not purchase. Taking any part of a newspaper – including the coupon inserts – is stealing. Some stores watch their newsstands closely and will prosecute coupon thieves.

What can you do to prevent thieves from stealing the coupon inserts from your newspaper? The easiest way to ensure that your newspaper always contains the coupon inserts that it is supposed to have is to buy a subscription. Have the paper delivered to your door.

Paying for a newspaper subscription has a benefit that many people don’t know about. If the paper arrives at your door without the coupon inserts, you can take it to the newspaper’s office. They will do the best they can to replace the ads that were missing from your copy.

Buy your newspaper from a store that keeps all the newspapers behind the counter. You will have to get in line, wait for your turn, and immediately buy the paper from the cashier. These extra steps deter coupon thieves. They also prevent people from grabbing a paper and reading it for free while they sit in a cafe.

Are you about to buy a newspaper from an unattended stand in a store? Before you purchase it, check to see if the coupon inserts are still inside. If not, let the store manager know that someone stole the coupons. If enough people complain, the store might start putting newspapers behind the registers.

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That 50% Off Everything Coupon is Fake

Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Online CouponBlack Friday and Cyber Monday have passed by, but we are still within the time of year when a whole lot of extra shopping happens. It can be difficult to fit it all into your budget. Unfortunately, scammers are trying to take advantage of your desire to be frugal by creating fake coupons.

Recently, there have been several varieties of fraudulent coupons being passed around on Facebook. Each one of these fake coupons says that you can use it to get 50% off your entire purchase. You may have seen one for Target or one for Walmart, and there could be others out there, too.

If something looks too good to be true – it probably is. This old saying applies to coupons that appear to give you such a huge savings that you become very tempted to use them. Keep in mind that if you use one of these fake coupons, you could get in trouble for coupon fraud. The stores are not going to accept these fake coupons, and that could lead to a very embarrassing shopping experience (as everyone behind you in line judges you).

One way to tell if a coupon is fake is to visit the Coupon Information Center and view their list of coupon alerts. If you find a coupon mentioned in that list – you can be absolutely certain it is a fake coupon. The reverse isn’t necessarily true. If the questionable coupon you found isn’t on the list, it means that the Coupon Information Center hasn’t become aware of it yet. Not being on the list does not mean a particular coupon is the real thing.

Target offers coupons on its website. Those coupons are specific to Target and cannot be used anywhere else. Walmart also has its own coupons on its website. Before you click on, print out, or share a coupon that you see on Facebook, take a second or two to see if that coupon appears on the store’s real website. If you can’t find that coupon on the legitimate website, there is a good chance coupon you see on Facebook leads to a scam website.

Does the coupon look funny? That is a very bad sign. Big stores (like Target and Walmart) can afford to create good looking coupons. If the coupon you see being passed around looks like someone ran it through a copy machine – that means it is a fake coupon.

Another sign is if the coupon lacks a bar code, or if there is no expiration date listed. Blurry lettering, or typing that doesn’t sit right is a bad sign. If the font style, or the color of the text, seems different from the usual coupons from that store – don’t use the coupon.

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Flipp Helps You Find the Best Deals

Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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woman grocery shoppingThere are several apps that help you save money on groceries. Would you like to save money on non-grocery items, too? Flipp is an app that points you toward the deals and savings from your favorite retailers (including grocery stores and other retailers).

Flipp helps consumers to find the best deals in order to make their weekly shopping easy. The app is available on the App Store and on Google Play. You can also get information about current sales on the Flipp website. Unlike other apps, Flipp is useful to consumers who live in the United States and to consumers who live in Canada.

Are you someone who likes to read the weekly ads from your favorite stores? There isn’t a simple way to keep up with all of them. You can pick up a paper from a store as you enter it, but by then, it’s too late to compare their sales with those of other stores. Visiting the websites of your favorite stores can be time consuming.

Flipp makes everything much easier. It has all the tools you need to bring you the most savings every week from your favorite retailers. The Flipp website shows a person browsing through a selection of weekly sales papers and choosing which one she wants to take a closer look at.

Flipp delivers digital circulars from over 800 local retailers. A few of those weekly circulars come from: Walmart, Target, Kroger, Home Depot, Sports Authority, Toys R Us, Canadian Tire, Family Dollar, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walgreens, Dollar General, Save a Lot, Best Buy, Pet Smart, and Big Lots.

Use Flipp to create your grocery shopping list. While you are building it, Flipp will find local deals for many of the items on your list. You will end up with a grocery list that shows you which local store has the best deal on the foods you want to purchase. That store could be your favorite grocery store, or it could be one that you do not typically shop at. Flipp makes it easy for you to remember which items to pick up at what store – in order to get the best deal.

Flipp was formerly called Wishabi. The company was born in 2007 by former Microsoft engineers. They felt that weekly shopping was too mundane and too much work, and wanted it to be fun again. The Flipp app they created can save consumers both time and money. Flipp is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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Cartwheel Offers Coupons With a New Spin

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Target Logo (Matchups)There are so many different apps that can help you to save money by using digital coupons. Cartwheel is an app that is designed for people who shop at Target stores.

The Cartwheel app can be downloaded on the App Store. It is also available on Google Play. You can sign into the Cartwheel website with your Facebook account or your Google account. It is also possible to sign in with your existing Target account.

If you choose to log in via Facebook, your actions and activities in Cartwheel may appear in your Facebook activity (based on your Facebook privacy settings). Cartwheel will not share information on your Facebook page about purchases that relate to personal health.

The Cartwheel app can only be used in Target stores. This works out great for people who shop at Target, especially if they also buy their groceries there. The savings offered in the app are from all parts of the Target store. The Cartwheel website says that Cartwheel users have already saved $387,452,877 (and counting).

In order to use Cartwheel, the first thing you need to do is download the app to your smartphone. Next, you should browse through the current offers. These offers are for items that are all across Target stores. New offers are added regularly.

In order to make the most of these offers, it would be a good idea to take a look at them right before you leave the house to shop at Target. The items do not stick around forever. Target reserves the right to remove or cancel offers from Cartwheel, and your list, at any time.

Select the offers that interest you. In general, the offers will be in the form of a percentage off of specific items. Choose the offers for items that you are planning to purchase on your next shopping trip at Target. Each Cartwheel offer can be used for a maximum of 4 qualifying items per transaction.

The offers you select are put into your list on the Cartwheel app. When you are done shopping, you need to show the cashier your mobile barcode at the Target store checkout. Cartwheel does not require you to clip coupons (but you can choose to do so if you want to). Your receipt will show how much you saved thanks to the Cartwheel app (and whatever coupons you used).

Do you have the Target REDcard? If so, you can pile the savings you find in Cartwheel offers with the savings that the REDcard gives you. Target’s REDcard gives you 5% off every day. You can get a REDcard that is a debit card, or one that is a credit card.

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Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with Favado

Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 7:17 pm
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Buy Organic Store Brands to Save BigSavvy shoppers use coupons to lower the cost of their grocery bill. Combine those with the discounts that are connected to your store loyalty card, and you save even more. Wouldn’t it be great if you could cut your grocery bill in half? Favado can help you do that.

Favado is an app that you can download onto your smartphone. It is available on the App Store and on Google Play. It comes from the Savings.com company. Favado is a mobile savings app that helps shoppers stop overspending by notifying them when their favorite items are on sale.

They have money saving experts who hand select sales and coupons each and every week. Those sales and coupons are connected to more than 65,000 grocery and drugstores nationwide. This helps consumers who use Favado to discover the best deals for savings up to 70% on everyday items.

The app tells you which grocery and drugstores have the best deals. Use that information to help you decide which stores to shop at. The app helps you to quickly find out which local stores have the lowest prices on the items you buy each week.

You can get notifications when new sale prices for your favorite items have been added to the weekly sales lists for your favorite stores. Make sure to check Favado before you leave the house, and you will never miss a great price on the products you regularly purchase.

To redeem the savings, you need to add items from the store’s deals list to your shopping list. Any printable coupons that are combined with the sales can be printed out on your home computer after you email yourself your shopping list. Don’t forget to clip coupons from newspapers or magazines and take them with you to the stores.

You cannot print the coupons out from your smartphone. This is because the coupon providers use Java print software to ensure that a person can only print the coupon once per computer. They haven’t figured out how to implement that security on mobile phones. So, even though Favado is a mobile app, you will still need to use your computer in order to get the most out of it.

The amount you can expect to save by using Favado depends on how much you want to save. According to their website the average shopper can save 30% by purchasing products that are listed on sale within the app along with the other items needed.

Savvy shoppers save an average of 50% by following the sales cycles, only buying items when they are on sale, and using the occasional coupon. Super Savvy Shopper can save up to 70% by using coupons every week combined with sale prices and additional store promotions and offers.

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Get Cash Back in Hours With MobiSave

Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 6:44 pm
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Android Smart PhoneWouldn’t it be great to go grocery shopping and end up with cash back? There are several different apps that reward shoppers with cash back after they are done shopping. Each one has specific rules that you need to follow. Use MobiSave, and you can get cash back in hours.

MobiSave is a savings app that can be downloaded from the App Store. At this time, there is no Android version of the app. If you use Android devices you might want to give MobiSave your email address. They will make you among the first to know when the Android version of MobiSave becomes available.

If you use an iOS device, you need to “claim your spot in line” in order to use the MobiSave app. Active memberships are limited until they have enough offers to delight everyone. Active memberships are provided on a first come first served bases. So, the sooner you register with MobiSave, the sooner you might be able to use the app.

Once you have an active membership, you can use the MobiSave app at anywhere you shop. Any store that provides an itemized receipt is covered. Select the special offers that interest you from the ones that appear in the MobiSave app. Those items are the ones that “count”.

After you are done shopping, use your smartphone to take a clear, easily readable, photo of your receipt. The MobiSave app will figure out what special offers you participated in. The app’s website states that you will never wait more than 24 hours for your savings.

Unlike other cash back apps, MobiSave does not require a person to earn a specific amount before they can get the cash back reward. No payout is considered to be too small or too large. There is no minimum required.

One cool thing about MobiSave is that it will work around a spotty signal. You can load your offers while you have a signal and then browse those offers through the app at anytime (even if you no longer have a signal). The offers load onto the app itself.

The main idea with MobiSave is to encourage shoppers to discover brands that are new to them. Each special offer functions like a digital coupon. You select the ones you want to use by clicking on them. A consumer could browse through and search for their favorite brands. Or, they might find a good coupon in the MobiSave app that entices them to try a different brand of the same type of product.

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