Are You SnipSnapping Your Text Coupons?

Happy Monday! This week’s tip is here to make sure you know how to store all your mobile coupons in one place. SnipSnap was originally conceived to capture, digitize, and organize your print coupons, but, did you know you can use SnipSnap to store mScreen Shot 2013-03-04 at 2.17.07 PMobile/Internet coupons too? Check out this tutorial on how to upload screen captures (vs. photographs) into the SnipSnap app.

You can take screen captures of coupons from just about any source on your smart phone. You can capture coupons from web sites in your phone’s browser; you can use pictures you’ve taken previously of print coupons; you can even import screen shots of coupons from other applications, liScreen Shot 2013-03-04 at 2.16.50 PMke Facebook. Did you know you can upload screen shots of your text coupons into SnipSnap too?

Of course, you want to keep all of your mobile coupons in one place for organization’s sake (think about condensing that mammoth coupon binder into one, sleek, smart phone app). But the biggest reason to upload all your different kinds of mobile coupons into SnipSnap is so you can take advantage of location and expiration reminders.

Today, I’m going to show you how simple it is to upload text coupons into SnipSnap. Many restaurants and retailers, like Arby’s and Jo-Ann Fabric, allow you to sign up via web or mobile app to receive text offers to your mobile phone. (Here’s a tutorial on how to sign up for text coupons and ten top stores to get you started.) Text message offers are sweet and simple, but you might forget about them soon after your text notification sound goes off. What’s the solution?

text coupon captured with expiration date into SnipSnap
text coupon captured with expiration date into SnipSnap

Take a screen capture of your text coupons as soon as you receive them and then easily upload them into the SnipSnap app by using the screen shot icon next to the camera icon. Text coupons are generally very legible and clearly spelled out, so they captured very nicely in SnipSnap. Tada! Now you’ll receive expiration and location reminders so your text deals don’t go bad.

Since text message coupons are generally not single use or limited to their original recipients, you can SnipSnap other users’ text offers too and you don’t have to mark yours private.

That’s all there is to it! Just another way SnipSnap makes it easier (or just plain possible) to save money with minimal effort.


How to SnipSnap Your Internet/Email Coupons (Like This 25% off Coach Offer!)

SnipSnap was originally conceived as the first app to let you mobilize your print offers by taking pictures of them and digitizing their information so you can scan and redeem them straight from your phone. The idea was to actually take pictures of all those pieces of paper you receive in your mail box and then forever lose between your couch cushions and car seats. The fact is that the overwhelming majority of coupons issued by restaurants and retailers are, even in this mobile, socially networked world, still print offers. And, since the print coupon has been around for over 125 years now, this fact is not likely to change too soon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t access amazing deals online – especially with so many brand Facebook pages taking advantage of Facebook Offers. Did you know that you can load Internet/email coupons into SnipSnap by taking screen captures instead of pictures? Here’s how it works:

If you want to make sure you get the first heads up on a company’s email and/or Facebook offers, make sure you sign up for that company’s email subscription on its website and “like” its Facebook page. Whenever you receive an email coupon or claim a Facebook offer, just use your phone’s screen capture function to save an image of the coupon to your photo library. In order to upload the coupon to SnipSnap, so you’ll receive location and expiration date reminders, just open the app and tap the camera icon at the bottom of your home screen like you normally would:

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When you’ve entered the image capturing screen, just tap the photo icon to the left of the camera icon:

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Then just select the screen capture of the coupon and crop it to size.

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This particular Coach coupon states very clearly that it is single use:

Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 1.25.08 PMSo I marked it private by tapping the lock icon in the bottom right hand corner. It’s that simple! (Want to claim this Coach Facebook offer? Head on over to the Coach Facebook page and click “like.”

Here are some extra tips to help you get started SnipSnapping your Internet/Email offers like a pro:

  • Make sure you capture the company logo. In order for SnipSnap to recognize your offers as a particular store’s and file it accordingly, you need to capture the name of the store. If the name of the store is, for some reason, not on the coupon itself, you can always take a screen shot of the company logo by doing a simple search with your mobile web browser.
  • Make sure you read the coupon details. Many Internet offers state that they can be redeemed by printing or displaying on a mobile phone. Some only state that they can be redeemed in print, but, often, stores with “print only” coupons will still honor them off your mobile phone. Always mark single use coupons private so your savings stay yours.

That’s all there is to it! Happy SnipSnapping!