Savings goes digital with SavingStar Grocery eCoupons iPhone app

May 9, 2011

Coupons and their savvy savers have taken over the news lately, and although you might not have the time or energy to take on Herculean shopping trips like the ones seen on TLC’s “Extreme Couponing,” there’s now an app to help you save a buck, digitally: SavingStar Grocery eCoupons — Nothing to Clip. Nothing to Print., for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, is a completely free, digital coupon service that works in conjunction with your local grocery or drug store’s loyalty card.

Getting deals via SavingStar will take a minute or two of your time, but with no clipping — or needing to remember to take the coupons to the store — SavingStar will earn you cash. Eventually. Unlike traditional paper coupons, SavingStar won’t lower your bill at the checkout lane. Instead, users create a SavingStar account and link their loyalty cards to the service. Browse the coupons, and if there is something you’ll purchase, add the deal to your card. When you purchase the product, you’ll pay the normal price, but SavingStar will be notified and tracks and accrues your savings. Once you’ve reached $5 with SavingStar, you can get a cash transfer to your bank or PayPal account, or select an Amazon gift card or charity donation.

Many of the coupons available are worth $1 or $2 — and for popular brands — so reaching the $5 minimum isn’t out of the question. Coupons are typically valid for 30 days, with new specials added on the first day of the month. Linking a coupon to your account is a matter of tapping the “I Want This!” button. To see restrictions or coupon details, tap the blue arrow. Some coupons “sell out,” so my polite side wishes there was a way to unlink coupons you don’t end up using from your account for the benefit of others.

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Once you’ve completed the initial setup, SavingStar is about as easy as it gets to earn cash at the checkout. If your local store doesn’t use a loyalty card, SavingStar Grocery eCoupons might still be available to you, via Upromise or other methods. Check the website for local details.

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