For roughly 10 years, I ran a very popular online coupon site. I spent my days and nights posting and testing coupons. In fact, the site was doing so well, I was able to quit my day job and work from home on it with my business partner. Eventually we sold the site and moved on.
I’m telling you all this for one simple reason: I know coupons.
I generally lean towards online coupons, but I follow printable ones, as well as the classic clip-em-while-you’ve-got-em coupons you find in your local newspaper. So when a site named SavingStar came along a few years ago, it perked my interest.
The quick pitch is this: You sign up for SavingStar for free, hook your account up to your various supermarket loyalty cards and any time you shop, your SavingStar “coupons” will be applied to appropriate purchases. Instead of getting a money-off coupon, however, you get the coupon amount deposited into your account.
Here’s a more detailed rundown of how it all works:
Step 1: Get to your computer
Go to SavingStar.com and join for FREE. You can even join by using your Facebook account.
Step 2: Link up your grocery and drug store loyalty cards
Once you join successfully, a screen will pop up asking you to enter your zip code to see which stores’ loyalty cards you can use for your area. For each store listed, enter in the number of the loyalty card. They will ask you to enter it in again to confirm and then click on the “add card” button. When you are all done entering in your card numbers, click on the “I’m done entering my cards button.”
Step 3: Pick your eCoupons
Now its time to click on the coupons you want! They should be on the homepage. Just click “I want this” for the ones you want. Yeah, I know, it’s not rocket science.
Step 4: Go Shopping
Lastly, when you buy the products at the store, make sure you use your loyalty card (which is linked to your SavingStar account). In a few days, you will receive an email that informs you of the savings that were added to your SavingStar account. The savings do not come off automatically on your store receipt. Once you have $5.00 in your SavingStar account, you can choose how you would like your payment (bank deposit, gift card or charity).
I introduced Allie to SavingStar a few months ago. And I’ll admit, it can sound “confusing” at first, but it really isn’t. You’re already using loyalty cards when you shop at supermarkets and drugstores, so just link those cards up to this new account and shop as you normally would. Once I explained it and she tried it, she fell in love with it and has been using it since. Since she’s the main shopper in our house, I asked Allie to write up a review for Mommy’s Busy, Go Ask Daddy, which she gladly did!
“I love it!! I downloaded the SavingStar app which allows me to pick coupons as I am shopping! The app also notifies you when new coupons are available. Just because you use a SavingStar coupon doesn’t mean you can’t you use regular coupon on top of it! Double the savings!! For my payouts,I chose the bank deposit method. The money goes in and so does my savings!!
“I almost forgot to tell you about their One or Many coupons! Each month, they have these special coupons that if you spend a certain amount of money on the products they list, you will get back either $5 or $10! For example, they have a coupon that says if you spend $20 on products like Windex, Pledge and Fantastik, you will get $5 back! You can even do this in multiple trips to the store; you just need to finish spending before the expiration date! My favorite One or Many coupon is the Smart Ones coupon. You spend $40, you get $10 back! Combine that with the sales they always have in the grocery store, and you can save so much money! Love it!!
“I have had only positive experiences with this company. I have earned $15 dollars with them so far with relatively little effort on my part. I am just waiting for them to come out with more of a variety of coupons so I can click and save even more!”
Not only are they a fabulous company to save money with, but SavingStar’s also a great company to partner with! Halloween is right around the corner and SavingStar wants you to be THE coolest house on the block. (Trust me, the kids in your neighborhood have not forgotten those apples you gave out last year!)
So to help you buy up only the best candy around, SavingStar is sponsoring a Giveaway where you can Win a $50 VISA Gift Card! With that kind of cash on hand, you’ll be the King or Queen of Halloween for sure! Just don’t forget to also use your SavingStar coupons to save even more!
Win a $50 VISA Gift Card
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Giveaway ends on October 17, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. One (1) winner will be chosen at random and announced on this site. Giveaway is open only to legal residents of the Contiguous United States (including District of Columbia), who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited by law.
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