Do you need your Sunday paper for Coupons?
For now you do. At least 75% of coupons come from there.
However everyday this is changing. Companies are beginning to
Offer coupons on line.
Grocery giant Kroger, which owns Ralph’s, King Soopers, City Market, Dillon’s, Smith's Food & Drug Stores and eight other supermarket chains, has coupons from Procter & Gamble on its store Web sites
Kroger shoppers can also go to Shortcuts.com to link their card numbers to a broader array of savings from manufacturers and print out a list of the coupons they have loaded.
"There's no clipping and sorting and no forgetting the coupon at home," says Sharon Baker, Shortcuts' executive director. Baker says the site will have 75 to 100 coupons up by the end of the year.
Grocer Giant Eagle has partnered with SmartSource, one of the country's largest coupon distributors, to allow its grocery customers to load SmartSource discounts onto their store cards on its Web site.
In the next six months, most major grocery retailers are expected to offer these kind of e-coupons linked to store cards, says Nelson, of The Coupon Mom.
Phoning in the discounts
In a few months, shoppers will also be able load discounts to their loyalty cards via cell phone. Kroger has signed a pact with mobile marketer Cellfire to transfer coupons from manufacturers such as General Mills, P&G, Kimberly-Clark, Clorox and Del Monte to an application downloaded to cell phones.
There are no text messages or mobile spam involved. Customers will just download a coupon application to their cell phone and register their grocery-store card. Then, when they want to add coupons, they'll scroll down and click "OK" to select them. The coupons will be credited to their accounts immediately, says Cellfire CEO Brent Dusing.
Shoppers can even retrieve the coupons as they are walking down the grocery aisles.
"You are only in front of your computer a few hours a day. This allows consumers to save money when they are on the go," Dusing says.
Cellfire's application works with all mobile carriers, and the company is working to add more retailers and discounts to the service in the months ahead.
What in it for you?
If you are a closet coupon user you can use these without your friends knowing.
Just think you could triple dip, by using you coupon from the paper, the one printed off the web, and the one loaded on your store card. I am going to sign up for all of these.
I am a proud coupon clipping granny. Any deal they want to offer on the things I need I will take them up on it. There is no bigger rush than going to the check out with $100.00 in your cart, Then they start the scan of the coupons they total and the store ad price drops off. The clerk looks shocked when he realize you just knocked $60.00 dollars off the total. Such a feeling of victory, when you have done your home work and all that clipping keeps inflation away from your grocery cart.