Welcome couponers from the WRAL class! – WRAL.com
Here’s a big welcome to everyone who attended the couponing and grocery savings class at WRAL on Saturday!
Below you will find a number of resources that will help you get started in your couponing adventure and take you to the next level of saving!
Daily Smart Shopper E-mail Newsletter
You can have an e-mail newsletter sent to you from WRAL once a day with a list of all the new posts I have made in the last 24 hours. If anything interests you, just click on the link and it brings you to the post on the Smart Shopper column on WRAL.com. It’s a good way to remember to check the site daily so you don’t miss any new printable coupons, freebies or fabulous deals.
To sign up for the e-mail newsletter, enter the word SAVE in the search box in the top right corner of this page. The sign-up section for the blog will appear and you just have to enter your e-mail. Once you sign up, WRAL will send you an e-mail once a day at 3:00 PM with the list of newest information I’ve posted. Of course, it is free to sign up!
Smart Shopper on Facebook and Twitter
For those of you who enjoy social media, you can see the Smart Shopper posts at the following pages:
WRALSmartShopper Facebook page at Facebook.com/WRALSmartShopper HERE. I share additional content on the Facebook page and we chat often abotu the deals there so be sure to Follow and Like us if you are on Facebook.
@WRALShopper on Twitter at Twitter.com/WRALShopper HERE.
Click HERE to see my price book with a list of prices I recommend you look for when shopping.
Printable coupon websites
Click HERE for a list of printable coupon sites to visit.
You will find that couponers speak their own language so it helps to know the lingo. Click HERE for a list of couponing abbreviations and terms.
SavingStar cash back offers
With the cash back site SavingStar, you don’t print out a coupon to redeem at the register. You enter your store reward card numbers on the SavingStar website, (for those stores that have them), then load digital coupons to your reward cards, buy the participating products at any of the participating stores and then the coupon savings are added to your SavingStar account within a couple weeks after your purchase. You can then cash out the savings for gift cards, Paypal and more.
There are a number of participating SavingStar stores in our area including Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Food Lion, CVS, Walgreens, Target, Walmart, Family Dollar and more. With some of the stores (Target, Walmart, Walgreens, and Family Dollar), you will need to take a photo of the receipt through their app or website and submit it to get your cash back.
Once you have accrued $20 worth of savings in your SavingStar account, you can cash the savings. You can choose to have the money deposited into your Paypal account or checking account or donate it to a non-profit organization. For more information and to sign up for this free cash back offer site at SavingStar.com HERE.
Ibotta.com cash back offers
The first step is to sign up on their website HERE. Click Sign up with e-mail to register. Then you will need to download the app on your smartphone or other mobile device as well. Just go to the app store on your phone and look for ibotta. Once you have signed up and have downloaded the app, you are ready to score the digital coupons! For a limited time, you will also be able to get a bonus of up to $10 when you sign up and complete specific activities. This offer could end at any time.
Here’s how it works: 1. Before shopping, choose your offers through the app on your smartphone. The more you choose, the more cash back you’ll earn. For each offer, you will need to complete 2 or more simple tasks to increase the amount of your digital coupons. Some of the tasks include taking a 1 question poll, looking at a recipe or watching a video. 2. Go Shopping. Buy your chosen products at any of the major retailers that Ibotta supports. 3. Take a photo of your receipt. They will verify your purchases and credit your account right away (you do not have to do this step at Food Lion and some other stores that you can link your rewards card to. See below for details). 4. Cash in your earnings when they reach $20 or more. The money is sent to your PayPal account or cashed in for a participating gift card.
Participating stores: Ibotta works at many local retailers, restaurants, grocery and drug stores including these stores in our area: Harris Teeter, Target, Walmart, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, Food Lion, and various restaurants and retail stores.
Loyalty Account Submissions: You don’t actually have to scan your receipt at Food Lion and a number of other stores. Once you have signed up and downloaded the app, go to the Food Lion section on the app and link your Food Lion MVP card to your ibotta account, Your qualified purchases will go right to ibotta and you won’t have to download any receipts. Make sure you connect your MVP card BEFORE checkout. You can do this with other stores that offer this submission option as well. See the ibotta website for more details on linking loyalty accounts.
Like Savingstar.com discounts, the ibotta offers do not come off at the register. They are saved to your ibotta account. Once you reach $20 in earnings, you can have it deposited into your Paypal account or cash it out for specific gift cards. You can use the ibotta savings in conjunction with manufacturers coupons and savingstar.com e-coupons so you can stack a number of different savings avenues. This app does require a little extra work as far as taking pictures of the receipts but that doesn’t take long at all and the savings add up fast. See all the details about this super cash back site at their website HERE.
Checkout 51 cash back offers
Checkout 51 e-coupon cash back offers can be redeemed when you purchase participating products from ANY store, as long as they issue a receipt that lists the products!
Here’s how it works:
* Sign up on the Checkout 51 website for free using your e-mail or Facebook info.
* Browse the available offers (and print out a list if you don’t think you will remember them).
* Head to the store (any store) and buy the offers you want (like $1 cash back on ANY gallon of milk or .50 cash back on a package of Lenders bagels).
* Take a photo of your receipt and upload it to Checkout 51.
* Once they confirm your purchase, they will credit your account.
* When you accrue $20 in your Checkout 51 account, you can cash it out in the form of a check mailed to your address.
Additional information: This program is not store specific. You can buy the items at ANY store that offers a receipt with the items purchased listed. New offers come out each Thursday and are available until the next Wednesday. You have to buy the participating product and submit the receipt during that week to get credit. Not everyone gets the same offers so make sure you log into your account to see what offers you received. For most offers, you cannot use a coupon at the register and also get the Checkout 51 cash back offer. For more information and to sign up for this free coupon site see their website.
Swagbucks is one of my favorite online sites! See below for a new member sign-up bonus code. Swagbucks allows you to earn free gift cards to Target, Walmart, Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Kohl’s, Paypal, Domino’s (and many other stores) just by doing activities online. Basically, you do things like printing coupons, searching on their search engine (instead of Google), answering surveys, watching videos, playing games and more and they reward you with points called “SB points.” You cash in the SB points for gift cards! I have been a member for years and have earned a bunch of gift cards.
New member bonus Swagbucks sign-up code!
As I posted above, new members get bonus points when you sign up at Swagbucks HERE. To get the bonus SB points, click the text that reads “I have a sign up code” during registration and then enter the code: SMARTSHOP to get the bonus. Make sure you use all caps since it is case sensitive.
How do you get SB points? There are lots of ways.
* Print Coupons.com coupons from their Swagbucks coupon section and earn 1 SB for every coupon you print and 25 SB points for every coupon you redeem that you printed through Swagbucks. To print the coupons, go to Swagbucks HERE, click on Shop on the left side of the home page. Then click on Grocery Coupons on the left side of the page. These are Coupons.com manufacturer coupons.
* Search online: Each time you need to search for something online, use the Swagbucks search engine on their website (instead of Google). I actually have the Swagbucks toolbar installed on my desktop and it places a search box right on my screen making it super easy to search. Every once in a while, they award SB points just for doing the searches I used to do using Google.
* Take surveys on their website
* Answer the daily poll
* Watch videos through their website or multiple mobile apps (I earn about 80 – 100 SB a day doing this)
* Play games
* Participate in special Swag Code events
* Enter the daily Swag Code. Swagbucks posts bonus codes on their Facebook and Twitter pages. If you have the Swagbucks Mobile App, it will buzz when there is a new code. The codes are only valid for two hours usually. Once you get the code, you then copy and paste the code into the Swag Code box at the side of the homepage of Swagbucks.com HERE.
This is a free program sponsored by Kellogg’s that allows you to get high value coupons for Kellogg’s, Keebler and other products when you buy participating products. Once you sign up at the site, enter your store reward card numbers and the points will be automatically added to your account when you buy participating products. You can also upload your receipts to earn points. See more details on the Kellogg’s website HERE.
Sometimes they offer bonus codes through e-mail on on their social media pages that can be entered on their website. Once you earn enough points from entering codes, you can redeem them for various things like printable coupons. You can redeem 850 points for a $1.00/1 coupon for various Kellogg’s products like Kellogg’s cereal, Eggo waffles, Keebler crackers, Cheez-It crackers, Morningstar veggie burgers, Pop Tarts and more. And these coupons will double when Harris Teeter offers the Super Double promotion!
Not only will you learn about great ways to become more eco-friendly in your home and throughout your community with Recyclebank, you will also be able to earn freebies, coupons and gift cards to places like Panera, iTunes, Best Buy and more! It’s free to join HERE and you can start earning points right away by doing easy activities like watching videos about recycling, pledging to recycle certain products and reading articles about eco-friendly topics.
Sending expired coupons to U.S. military overseas
Click HERE for information on sending expired coupons to our military. You can donate your manufacturer coupons that are expired up to 6 months to our US military overseas who have access to an on-base commissary.
Questions: Feel free to post your couponing and money-saving questions on the WRAL Smart Shopper Facebook page HERE.
Thanks again for coming to the class and please share your experiences as you embark on your couponing journey.
As I always say: “It’s your money, spend it wisely!”
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