If you’re a heavy digital coupon user (and even if you’re not), you’ll be happy to hear that SavingStar has now expanded their available stores to include Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and other popular national chains as well as many local grocery stores.
Participating stores that we cover here at Pocket Your Dollars include:
- Pick ‘n Save
- Rainbow (although I’m not sure if this will continue now that Rainbow has been sold)
To see which stores near you are participating, enter your zip code on the SavingStar homepage.
What’s the Deal with SavingStar?
SavingStar’s offers operate like an automatic rebate rather than a coupon. When you purchase a product for which you have a SavingStar offer, a deposit is made in your SavingStar account. You don’t receive a discount at the cash register, but rather a cash deposit into your SavingStar account. When you’ve accumulated at least $5 in your SavingStar account, you can request a payout in the form of a bank deposit, PayPal deposit, Amazon.com gift card or charity donation.
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 your new SavingStar account.
- Select the offers you like from SavingStar’s website or from their iPhone or Android apps. Coupons you select are automatically linked to your store loyalty card, where applicable.
- Present your loyalty card at checkout and the money will be added to your SavingStar account within 2-14 days (possibly up to 30 days). You’ll receive an email alert once your savings post.
- Cash out when your SavingStar account has at least $5 in savings.
But Wait! What If My Store Doesn’t Have a Loyalty Card?
You may have looked through the step-by-step process above and been a little confused by Step 3. The reason SavingStar has been able to expand their offerings to more stores is that they now have a receipt-scanning feature on the app, similar to Checkout 51, Ibotta and Shopmium.
To redeem SavingStar offers at these stores, you’ll first scan the bar code (UPC) on each product package for all items purchased from your activated offers list, then take a picture of your full receipt. The receipt-scan feature is good for Dollar General, Family Dollar, Meijer, Target, Walgreens, Walmart and WinCo Foods.
Can I Use These with Manufacturer’s Coupons?
SavingStar offers are considered manufacturer’s coupons, so they should not be used with other manufacturer’s coupons, even if they do still “work” for you. Using store coupons in combination with SavingStar offers is not a problem, and you can also combine SavingStar One or Many offers with manufacturer’s coupons.
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.
We have regularly referenced SavingStar offers in the shopping lists we publish here on Pocket Your Dollars, and now we will begin to add these offers to the Target, Walgreens and Walmart shopping lists.
Your turn: Will you be using SavingStar more often, now that you can redeem these offers at more stores?