Happy Thursday! We’re almost through the work week and, once Friday night lands, I know I’ll want to start planning my holiday weekend in terms of where to shop and eat on the cheap. I’ve got hundreds upon hundreds of coupons for dozens of stores, plus dozens more coupon bundles to keep my savings organized by my favorite retailers and future shopping hauls. The only thing that could stand in the way of the ultimate frugal, stress-free weekend? Expired coupons.
Expired coupons are a pain for a few reasons. They take up space. They’re misleading. And their presence can mean the difference between feeling like you’re in control of your coupons and feeling like your coupons control you.
Back before the bright, new, wonderful days of SnipSnap 2.1, expired coupons stuck around in the app by default and you had to manually delete each, individual coupon you were ready to can. This wasn’t all bad. Some retailers will accept expired coupons, especially if you’ve only missed the date by a day or two. So, sometimes, it really does pay to have expired coupons on hand. For the most part, though, the redemption process at most retailers goes a whole lot more smoothly if you’re working with a current offer. And, since new coupons are constantly being issued to replace old, defunct deals, I rarely try to redeem the latter.
Now? With SnipSnap 2.1, we’ve made it possible to auto-delete expired coupons, so you’ll never ever see a deal past its prime again. I personally use this feature, because I feel like it keeps things neat and clean without any effort on my part. It’s easy to select the auto-delete function. Just click the settings (gear) icon on the top left-hand corner of your profile page and then turn on “Delete Expired Coupons.” Presto. All your old coupons are gone.
If you still prefer the manual route, you can turn auto-delete off and hand-pick coupons for deletion yourself. Just go to your coupons page and tap “Edit” in the top right-hand corner, then “Delete Expired” in the bottom right.
TIP: Even with auto-delete on, you probably still have some expired coupon clutter. How? Sometimes, when you snip a coupon in a hurry, the expiration date doesn’t capture properly. You can tell when a coupon isn’t complete when there is no expiration date listed beside it on your coupons page. (Read all about how to manually enter coupon expiration dates here.) To view (and purge) all of these coupons, tap “Sort” on your coupon screen and choose to view by expiration date. All of your coupons without expiration dates will appear at the bottom. And you can edit or delete them from there.
BONUS TIP: The best time to know your coupon’s expiration date is before it expires. So make sure you turn your expiration date reminders on if you haven’t already! Read all about em’ here.