My name is Alysha Davis, and I am THAT GIRL holding up the line at the grocery store with a stack of coupons. I’m also a marketing coordinator at Geisinger Health Plan. My love for hunting down a good deal started in college out of pure necessity: financial survival. Now, my husband and I use our savings for date nights, DIY projects on our fixer-upper, and day care for our 1-year-old son. In the next three posts, I hope to share my secrets to effective couponing and spread the spirit of savings. Happy clipping!
Couponing 101: The network
As I was couponing at the kitchen table Sunday morning, my husband slipped away for a few minutes. When he returned, he was holding eight sheets of coupons, which he’d printed from Coupons.com. He stuck out the stack toward me and said, “Here, found you all these!” He beamed with pride. “Can you get me the gummy bears and ice cream?”
My husband, the altruist.
He’s among the growing majority in my family who now coupons. Why? It’s contagious. And the deals don’t end at the brick-and-mortar grocery store. Even before stepping foot out of the front door, we’re scanning apps and our coupon binders for the best prices at stores and restaurants. Here are some of my favorite go-to places to search and save:
These applications can be downloaded on any Android/IPhone tablet or smartphone. They’re also free.
Favado: Notifies you when your favorite item is on sale. It’ll also tell you the best possible prices for an item at a store near you and how to stack coupons.
Gas Buddy: Find the closest gas stations and their gas prices.
ShopSaavy: Use your phone’s camera to scan barcodes and compare prices. This helped prevent at least a few impulse purchases.
SnipSnap: Take pictures of your favorite coupons and organize them on your phone. Present at the store.
These websites have great offers that help you save even more money whether you’re shopping for gifts or just want to have a night on the town. Check these before heading out to restaurants; many of them are local businesses.
Referlocal.com, Getmyperks.com: Purchase vouchers for food and entertainment. For example, for $10, you can redeem a $20 gift certificate to a local restaurant. The deals change often.
Entertainment.com: Purchase a digital “book” for about $20 and instantly access coupons for dining, apparel, automobile services and more. The membership lasts a year
There are hundreds of apps and online resources that stretch your dollars. Just take a swing and start searching online. You’ll find something that fits your needs and shopping habits. And if the coupon binder isn’t your thing, no worries – I’m sure there’s a discreet app for that.
If anything, I hope my blog posts (I’ve never blogged before, FTR) inspire you to think twice before paying full price. Just think of all the magical stuff you can do with a little extra cash in your pocket.