Welcome to the New World of Couponing

Welcome to the New World of Couponing Picture


So today I did something I have never done before – I went into Michael’s without a coupon. (They didn’t have one in this week’s flyer; trust me, I checked.)

But this was not the news.

I put a large canvas in my cart, so I can paint a picture for my daughter’s room – and it wasn't on sale.

But this was not the news (though I hate paying full price for anything).

I pulled up Michaels on my phone, I located a coupon for $5 off of $25 and I asked the cashier to scan the coupon at the cash register during checkout.

Can you say cha-ching?

Oh my gosh! Have I been hiding under a rock or WHAT? What a world of couponing I’ve missed by using my old phone that didn’t hop online at the bat of an eyelash. I didn’t have to waste any ink or paper at the house; I simply pulled up the coupon while I was IN THE STORE (I know, I’m still reeling!) and asked the cashier to use it.

When I got home, I was so proud I called my mom and told her the great strides I’ve made. And then I talked about it with my husband over dinner. I told him how great it would be if I could figure out a way to create my grocery list through southernsavers.com and then use my phone to locate the coupons and download them ONTO MY PHONE so I don’t have to carry a wad of coupons to the store. So I don’t have to burn through paper and ink each week. So all I have to do is hand over the phone at the end of the transaction and say, “Scan, please!”

How much easier would it be if we didn’t have a stack of papers on the sofa beside us (they are there now, on my right, scissors waiting)? How much easier would it be if our smart little phones could store those we need in their teeny little computer boards? (Remember, I’ve had a pretty dumb phone for my entire adult life; this is new with me. Please be gentle.)

Do you use coupons on your phone during checkout at the grocery store, or do you rely on those that can be cut or printed at home? If you don't, why? And if you could easily do so, would you prefer to carry coupons mobile-y (I know, not a word) rather than in a binder?

The possibilities, as they say, now seem endless!

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Welcome to the New World of Couponing

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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23 comments

  1. Marisol says:

    The new world of couponing is downloading Aps, for Michaels, Joann, and for coupons from any store. The Aps for the Store you pull them up on your phone and they scan it on the phone. The other coupon Aps you download the coupon directly to your phone and print.
    Also, if you sign up in the Store you will receive updates including special sales events and coupons. I actually do not shop without a coupon. I haven’t cut out any from the circular in a very long time.

  2. RosieM says:

    I haven’t been a couponer for long, but I use both phone and paper coupons because for instance, sometimes the coupons I get in target.com are not the same ones that I receive in a text.I read some of the responses and I see that there are quite a few websites for coupons, I’ll have to check them out. I use http://www.coupondivas.com! You are absolutely right, it would be so much easier to download ALL our coupons on our phone!!! <3 COUPONS!!!

  3. RubyTusdae says:

    I did this too at Shopko! I forgot to print my coupon off an email I received for $10 off a $50 purchase, but the cashier was nice enough to wait for me to locate the email and she scanned it! I was so proud to save $10 and more or less un-dissapointed in myself then for forgetting!!

  4. Jenny says:

    Many places do not accept mobile coupons. Some coupons even state that it must be printed out and mobile versions are NOT accepted (e.g. buy buy baby, bed bath and beyond). There are also some places where they might take the mobile coupon but it doesn’t scan which makes it more difficult since cashier needs to type in the coupon number / code (which would not be as efficient when you are dealing with multiple coupons). Whist this is a good idea, I don’t think its sustainable until retailers jump on the band wagon and change their corporate policies / coupon policies.

  5. Brat20 says:

    They also take Joann’s mobile coupons. Download that app as well as the Micheal’s one.

  6. Sasoo says:

    I use zsavers which are downloaded to your store savings card. I haven’t used my phone as yet but I’ll be looking into this!

  7. Rita says:

    Wow. Interesting didn’t know you could access coupons on your phone.

  8. Peggy says:

    Couponing is awesome!!

  9. tiffy says:

    i know someone who is an extreme couponer. i wish i could do it as well as she but i use electronic coupons as well as regular ones

  10. jennifier33 says:

    I use electronic coupons when I can

  11. Chloe Gillis says:

    Oh my goodness, I soo need a smart phone!!!

  12. Liz says:

    That’s great! I love saving and this just makes it easier

  13. melanie says:

    i love couponing frommy phone ..

  14. marichinno says:

    I am one of those people that take the time to clip coupons and forget to take them with me and use them, but having them on mobile would be so much better since I rarely forget my phone.

  15. i use electronic coupons for a variety of things. it is way more convenient than clipping coupons all day

  16. Stephanie says:

    My local grocery store lets me pick coupons from their weekly flyer and apply them to my store club card so I just scan my club card at check out like I always do and I get the discounts from the coupons too! All I had to do was go on their web site and set up an account and it linked me to my existing club card. Surprisingly easy! Now I just need to go through the coupons before I go to the store. I love the idea of coupons but not the reality of remembering to use them!

  17. Jenifer says:

    i need to learn how to do coupons like they do on tv

  18. Kimberly says:

    As of right now I still use the clipped coupons and binder. However, I would LOVE to have an easier way to use ALL coupons. I like how I have mine organized so I am not willing to compromise that to switch over to using my phone. Does anyone know of a good couponing app?

  19. I use clipped ones, from the internet and from the weekend flyers. It is time consuming and half the time at Walmart the coupons don’t scan right and the cashier gets all confused. I wish I could figure out the phone couponing. Is it simple?

  20. tigertayl says:

    Love using my phone for couponing!

  21. meredith says:

    Right now the cost of a new smart phone and the data plan attached to it is not something we can spend money on, so we’re still a scissor and binder coupon family 🙂

  22. debbie says:

    I’ve never heard of that: great

  23. Lyndsi Greim says:

    The app "4 square" has you check in to places you have been during your day, and some places have discounts if you "check in" to their store. This app has saved me money from time to time 🙂

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