SavingStar 101

The best way to be a super-mobile couponer is to arm yourself from all sides. Most grocery stores and super centers like Target allow you to stack your savings, so you can combine your snipsnapped store coupons with manufacturer coupons. You can mix media and pair mobile store savings with print manufacturer coupons, but it’s way better if you can redeem paperless manufacturer deals too. That’s why I love apps like Ibotta. (Ibotta lets you earn cash back on qualifying purchases using interactive manufacturer rebates.)

SavingStar is a 100% free service that lets you create an account you can link to your store loyalty cards. You can then load your loyalty cards with paperless manufacturer coupons. It’s incredibly easy to get started. Just sign up here and link your store loyalty cards by typing in their numbers. SavingStar will use your location to show you participating stores near you. I have my CVS, Rite Aid, and Wegmans cards linked to my SavingStar account.

Once you’re all hooked up, select the coupons you’d like to load to your account. (My favorite part about SavingStar is clicking the “I Want This” button to activate my coupons.)

That’s it! The next time you use any of your linked loyalty cards to purchase an item for which you’ve activated a coupon, the amount of the coupon will post to your SavingStar account (this can take up to 30 days, so be patient). Note: Your savings will not print on your receipt and will not come off of your bill. Instead, your savings will be credited to your SavingStar account. Once you’ve posted $5.00 in savings, you’ll be able to select a payout method (like bank deposit or Amazon gift card) and receive your funds.

Tip: Download the SavingStar app so you can clip coupons, see which coupons you have to redeem, and check your account information on the go.

Right now, I’ve got a lot of coupons for baking ingredients loaded into my SavingStar account – it’s that time of year!

Tip: You can load multiple store loyalty cards to the same store onto your SavingStar account. If your grandmother has a keychain full of store loyalty cards, but doesn’t want to use paperless savings, see if you can link her loyalty cards to your account. Then maybe you can cut her a check at the end of the year for all she saved through you.