What is a digital or E coupon?
Digital store or E coupons are a great way to save money at the store. They are easy and free to use. Are you new to couponing and are missing deals because you do not have a pile of insert coupons? Is your printer broken or out of ink? You can still do and look for lots of the digital coupon deals!
One example is almost every Friday I will add Kroger’s Free Friday Download to my Kroger Card. To get the item for free at the store I just have cashier scan my Kroger Loyalty Card. You do not have to shop on Friday, just get your freebie before the coupon expires.
There are different ways to use digital savings at several stores. First, Many stores offer digital coupons that you can load on your store’s Savings Card most of them are manufacturer coupons. Some store’s may occasionally offer “store” digital coupons that can also be loaded on your store’s loyalty card. You will want to learn your store’s coupon policy to see if you can stack store coupons with a manufacturer coupon. No time? No problem, coupon blogs will tell you when and how to stack coupons for most of the deals.
There are other ways to load coupons to savings cards where you go to a website not run by the store you are shopping at. We will talk about that way down below in the “where to find digital coupons” section.
Store “like” coupon limits and digital coupons
Often, store digital coupons could be the same as other coupons (insert, printable, etc.). Most stores and lots of coupons will have limits of how many “like” coupons you can use per transaction or per day. I often go around those rules with digital coupons because a digital coupon is not a “like” coupon.
For this next example I assuming all of the coupons are non store coupons. Let’s say a store has a limit of 3 like coupons. Your coupon blog says:
-“use this newspaper coupon” or
-“use this printable coupon” or
-“use this digital coupon”
So in one transaction you can redeem:
– three “like” newspaper coupons
– three “like” printable coupons
– and one digital coupon (unless the coupon says you can redeem more than once)
Digital coupons pros and cons
Why shoppers use digital coupons
Several non extreme couponers use digital coupons because it is easy to load and redeem them. I know alot of non extreme couponers who use them instead of printable and newspaper coupons. Often the digital coupons might not be as good as another coupon available. They are saving some money but are still paying more on groceries than me. Because they have no time or desire to look for a better coupon. Sometimes digital coupons can be be the same or better value than other coupons.
You can also Load or unlock any digital coupons that you think you or your spouse might buy. If you have a spouse who doesn’t coupon I suggest you each have different Savings Cards if the store allows it. You usually want to load these rebates before you shop! Then when you are ready to extreme coupon you do not have to unload or unclip any digital coupons that would cause your other coupons not to work.
When not to use store digital coupons
If you have stores that double coupons these E coupons will not double.
Most of these E Coupons only allow you to buy 1 item so you can not stock up on good deals. Exception is Kroger ocasionally offers special digital coupons that can be used up to 5 times.
If you load an E Coupon and you later find a better coupon, you may have problems at the register where the better coupon does not work at most stores. There are some ways around this you will learn but until then just load before you shop. But, if it ever happens to you try having the cashier scan your coupons before you give your loyalty savings card. I wish more stores (like Meijers) systems would prompt the cashier to ask you which coupon you want to use digital or regular.
Again, most of the E Coupons the stores give us are marked as manufacturer coupons instead of store coupons. Some stores (like Target, CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid) will allow you to use store coupons and manufactor coupons at the same time on one item.
How to organize and coupon with digital coupons
I write down what to buy, sizes, sale price, coupon info, price after coupon, and note this coupon is loaded on the store card. And put the little strip of paper in my store envelopes or give to my husband to shop with. Then when you are in the store it is easier to buy the right item(s) so the coupon works correct.
Good news: digital app rebates are not digital coupons
Once you get used to couponing you may want to start stacking coupons with rebate apps. Rebates in apps are not digital coupons so often you can stack them. If you use Mobi Save you have to select the rebates you want before you shop. While most of the other rebates you can redeem after you shop. But note some of the popular rebates could go fast if lots of others are redeeming it. Unlocking rebates in Ibotta and selecting rebates in Saving Star can lock in rebates so they are not gone later. Update some apps are starting to not allow you to stack coupons and app rebates on <em> some </em> of the rebates. Example, most of Checkout 51’s rebates allow stacking rebates plus coupons but a few of them are putting exclusions not allowing stacking. The Shopmium App does not allow stacking rebates with coupons anymore. 🙁
You can learn more about getting money back with SCAN RECEIPT APPS which is not E coupons.
Cellfire allows you to load coupons on many store savings cards. I counted 81 stores. All you have to do is select your store, give cellfire your store savings card numbers, and shop with your savings card. Note: Cellfire also has printable coupons too!
P&G loadable E coupons
You can also load lots of Digital coupons to several store cards at P&Geveryday.com! P&G does put coupon fraud limits of 4 like coupons per household /per day on newspaper inserts. So if you need 5 coupons for a deal (like to get a Catalina or OYNO money off coupon, to get a gift card, etc.) then you can use four newspaper inserts and look for a loadable P&G coupon. If you do not see your store at P&G everyday’s loadable section you can also try the printable coupon section. Note: P&G everyday.com and insert coupons offers can vary.
EXAMPLES OF STORES WITH E COUPONS:
- Google Kroger Softcoin to find Kroger’s E Coupons
- I check every Friday to see if they have a Friday Freebie
- I load the 2X Feul Points If you shop on the weekend Every week too.
- Google MPerks to find Meijers E Coupons
- You need a cell phone to sign up for MPERKS
- You have to enter your cell phone # and pin # at checkout
- Rarely, most once in awhile a MPERK could be a store coupon where you are allowed a manufactor coupon with it. Bargains to Bounty.com or other coupon blogs will tell you when and if it happens.
- Sometimes bonus codes can be used to get Free Stuff. The bonus code box can only be found on your home computer at Mperks.com. The coupon blogs will tell you when and what to enter when Meijers is offering free stuff.
Target has 2 ways to get E Coupons:
- Cartwheel App gives you offers of sales and % off items. You can combine Cartwheel App offer with both a Target Coupon and a Manufactor Coupon!
- Text Coupons . Sign up for Coupons to be texted to your cell on Target’s website or texting codes to Target for special coupons. These text codes can change for different offers the Coupon blogs and Facebook Coupon Groups can tell you about the codes.
Here are links related to Step 7 Loading Coupons on your store card.
I can not list every store. When reading your store’s coupon matchups look for info before, after, or next to the deals. The Coupon blogs will let you know more info.
EXTREME COUPONING 101 – HOW TO INFO and TIPS
- Organizing Coupon Inserts
- Store Coupon Policies
- Non Insert coupons
- Organize coupons with no binder
- Good Coupons & Stock up Prices
- Shop the loss leaders
- Loading E Coupons
- Printing coupons
- Read coupon blogs daily
- Transferring & Filling Perscriptions $ Offers
- Organizing Loose Coupons with out a Coupon Binder