Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2023 at 3:30 pm
Reader’s Digest pointed out that couponing has been updated in the digital age, and knowing how to coupon is an ever-evolving process. You can still clip coupons from a printed publication, but you can also benefit from loading coupons onto a customer-rewards card linked to your favorite stores.
Store Coupons are created by the store to increase shopping, and they work only at that chain of stores. For example, Kroger coupons are usually honored only at Kroger stores, including Ralph’s, Smith’s, City Market and Pick ’n Save.
Manufacturing coupons are made by individual brands to encourage shoppers to buy specific product or brand and are usually honored at most stores. For example, Procter & Gamble often send out coupons for Crest toothpaste, which it manufactures. You can redeem manufacturing coupons at Target, Walmart, or another store.
Here are some places where you can find paper coupons:
Store Circulars and Mailers: These are mailed out weekly to customers in a geographic area, though you can usually pick them up at the front of many grocery stores.
Register Coupons: Some stores print out individual paper coupons with your receipt to encourage you to return.
Receipt Coupons: Check the bottom and back of your printed receipt for coupons, points, and other discounts. If you’ve ver come across those comically long CVS receipts, you’ve encountered this type of coupon.
Store Aisles: You will find some manufacturer coupons attached to a display with the product or to the product packaging itself.
ValPak and other mailers: Manufacturer coupons often come in a bundle of ads. Sometimes, businesses, like retailers, will send out coupons attached to their mailers.
Newspapers: If you still get a print newspaper (or have a neighbor who does and is willing to share), you can find coupons to cut out. The Sunday paper has the most.
Here are some places where you can find digital coupons:
Store apps: Many retail chains have their own apps, which include both store and manufacturer coupons. “Clip” them by checking a box.
Brand apps: Some brands offer loyalty apps that include coupons, rewards, and rebates when you buy their products.
Coupon apps: Apps like RetailMeNot and Honey are a jackpot for savings. Flag the deals you want and then show a barcode or QR code on your phone at the register. You may even find budget apps that cover a range of brands centered on a specific type of product.
Savings websites: You can find coupons for some of your favorite stores right here at FreeCoupons.com.
Browser extensions: You can install Ibotta, Rakuten, or another couponing extension on your web browser, and they’ll automatically search for coupons as you shop various sites. They may also give special rewards, like cash back, for using them regularly.