In this day and age we are getting used to digital everything. Digital books, magazines, music, maps, and now digital grocery coupons. One digital coupon company is called SavingStar. You don’t clip or print their manufacturer eCoupons, but load them on to your store loyalty card.
Currently over 100 store chains with 24,000 stores nationwide are participating. In Minnesota, SavingStar coupons are available at Rainbow Foods, Shoppers, Hy-Vee and CVS./Pharmacy stores. To see which stores near you are participating, type in your zip code on the SavingStar homepage to see which stores near you participate.
SavingStar: You Earn an Automatic Rebate
Although SavingStar’s eCoupons are called eCoupons, they are operate like an automatic rebate more than a coupon. When you purchase a product for which you have a SavingStar eCoupon, a deposit is made in your SavingStar account. You don’t receive a discount at the cash register, but a cash deposit into your free SavingStar account. When you’ve accumulated at least $5 in your SavingStar account, then you can request a payout; payouts can be in the form of cash, gift cards to various retailers or you can donate your money to charity.
Think of the eCoupons as a manufacturer’s coupon. That means you can use a SavingStar eCoupon and a store-issued coupon for the same item at the same time. You should not, however, use an eCoupon and a manufacturer’s coupon on the same item; that’s like using two manufacturer’s coupons at the same time and it’s a no-no across the couponing world.
How SavingStar Works
- Create a free SavingStar account
- Link your loyalty cards for participating stores into your SavingStar Account when you receive an email confirming yoru new SavingStar account.
- Select the eCoupons you like from SavingStar’s website, or from their iPhone or Android apps. Coupons you select are automatically linked to your store loyalty card.
- Present your loyalty card at checkout and the money is added to your SavingStar account. You do not receive a discount at the register, but instead receive a cash deposit into your SavingStar account. The deposit will register in your account within 7-30 days depending upon where you shop.
- When your SavingStar account has at least $5 in savings, you can get a payout. Your choices incluse a cash deposit to your bank or PayPal account, an Amazon gift card, or you donate your earnings to charity.
Currently, there are over 30 coupons available on SavingStar. Like any coupon site, their coupons change with time and throughout the month new coupons are added.
Other Digital Grocery Coupon Options
If this concept sounds familiar to you, it may be. It is reminiscent of UPromise. In fact, SavingStar is now operating the grocery coupon component of UPromise. You won’t get double the amount of coupons by having an account with both SavingStar and UPromise; there is a one coupon per loyalty card limit. (With UPromise your instant rebates are deposited into an education fund and not available for cash withdrawal in the short-term)
Cellfire is another legitimate source of digital grocery coupons. Cellfire’s coupons are like traditional coupons where you receive a discount at the register versus this concept where you receive an automatic rebate deposited into your account. I haven’t mentioned Cellfire much because they don’t have any participating stores in my area.
Your turn: Are you likely to use digital grocery coupons of some sort or not? Why or why not?