If you’re among the 80 percent of us who regularly redeem coupons, great news: Stores and manufacturers have come up with fresh ways for you to save a bundle!
Download store apps.
There’s never been a better time to download apps and sign up for e-newsletters for your favorite markets and retailers. Thanks to partnerships with coupon marketing companies, digital coupons you receive on your smartphone or emails from these stores are now customized to your own shopping and browsing habits. So you’ll get more money-saving offers for products you regularly buy or have been researching online. Bonus: Stores like BJ’s, Dollar General and Rite Aid let you stack digital and paper coupons to double your savings.
Look for these gift cards.
A growing trend among manufacturers: giving away electronic gift cards redeemable for $1 to $5 off their product instead of coupons. They’re easier for stores to process than coupons, plus they can be redeemed at businesses that don’t normally accept digital coupons, like Walmart. For example, shoppers there were recently offered an e-gift card to cover the full cost of a single-size package of Extra gum or Skittles. You can find e-gift card offers on displays in stores and by visiting the websites of your favorite brands.
Snap up circulars now.
For the past year, store circulars slimmed down, and some even disappeared altogether. But now that life is returning to normal, they’re back and filled with lots more coupons and sales! To get a free preview of store savings you can look forward to each week so you can plan your shopping trips, visit BeFrugal.com/weeklyads. Tip: To make sure you don’t miss any valuable coupons, some stores will mail their circulars to your home when you register for their free loyalty program or sign up to receive mail promotions on their website.
Listen closely to TV ads.
Advertisers are experimenting with ways you can interact with TV advertisements to get coupons and freebies. For example, if you have a “smart” TV that responds to voice commands, you may be asked to say a word or phrase to get an offer. Recently, one commercial asked viewers watching NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service to say, “Save with Suave” to get a $5 Target gift card. Other ads may ask you to scan an on-screen code with your smartphone or visit a link on a computer. So keep your eyes and ears peeled once ads start!
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.