Post-Easter Candy Clearance: How Mobile Coupons Make Peeps Even Cheaper

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I hope you had a fantastic weekend and the weather is as beautiful where you are as it is for me today. You might think the Easter party is over and today’s just supposed to be a boring back-to-work routine, but you couldn’t be more wrong. In the same way you can save a ton of money stocking up on clothing and home accessories during after Christmas sales, you can save yourself cash and headaches for the rest of the year by stocking up on candy after Easter. Maggie from one of my favorite coupon blogs, Family Frugal Fun, posted this excellent guide to how and why you should shop seasonal candy sales. A lot of Easter candy is pretty definitively Easter-themed, but a lot of it is simply bright and pastel, perfect for summer sleepovers, baking, birthday parties, picnics, and gifts/favors.

How to Shop Easter Candy Sales:

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Immediate Savings: Candy goes on clearance (40-50% off) the day after Easter.

Additional Markdowns: Candy will move to the next level of clearance (60-70% off) between the 4th and 7th day after Easter.

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Immediate Savings: Candy goes on clearance (50% off) the day after Easter.

Additional Markdowns: Candy will receive additional markdowns between one and two weeks after Easter.

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Immediate Savings: Candy goes on clearance (30-50% off) the day after Easter.

Additional Markdowns: Candy will receive additional markdowns two weeks (or more) after Easter .


Bonus Mobile Couponing Tips: Remember, you don’t have to take even the ridiculously low sale prices oScreen Shot 2013-04-01 at 1.02.27 PMf Easter candy at face value. Here’s how you can save even more money with your mobile phone:

SnipSnap: Think all of the Easter candy coupons in the SnipSnap app expired last month? You’re wrong! just search “Candy” in the search bar of the Discover screen to pull up current offers for spring chocolate and marshmallow treats.Screen Shot 2013-04-01 at 1.03.06 PM

Ibotta: There are still some Easter candy offers in the Ibotta app! Earn money back on peeps, Starburst, M&Ms, and Reese’s. (New to Ibotta? Read one of my recent reviews.)

Shopkick: If you’re planning an ice cream party with all the Easter candy you scored for next to nothing, there’s a coupon for $1 off hot fudge sauce in the shopkick app now. (New to shopkick, read one of my recent reviews here.)

REMEMBER: You can stack Ibotta offers with SnipSnap and shopkick store coupons. Since Ibotta offers require you to scan your receipt yourself and SnipSnap/shopkick coupons require your cashier, the two kinds of savings are redeemed independently of each other and can therefor be combined.







Ibotta Revamps Receipt Redemption for Faster Refunds

Great news, Ibotta shoppers! It’s now much easier to earn mobile manufacturer rebates at all Ibotta-supported retailers (Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Safeway, Vons, Publix, Ralphs, King Soopers, Duane Reade and more).

How does it work? You validate your purchases yourself.

In the old days, after earning your discounts, scanning items to make sure they’re qualifying, and making your purchase, you had to scan your receipt and wait for approval. Sometimes, that approval didn’t come right away, as in the case of the missing peanut butter. But the situation was always resolved by Ibotta’s fantastic customer service, and rightful rebates were always rewarded.

But Ibotta recently announced that, now, just as you can scan items with the app to make sure they qualify, you can also scan items after uploading your receipt to confirm the purchase yourself. This is extremely exciting, because it means that (if the new system works) my account will be credited much more quickly and there should be (in theory) less margin for error. I’ll be heading to my local Target tomorrow to test it out!

The BEST way to use Ibotta is by combining it with other mobile couponing methods. You should always use SnipSnapped store coupons to purchase items, for which you can’t earn manufacturer rebates, like store brand eggs, milk, and fresh baked bread. Depending on where you shop, you also might be able to combine SavingStar and Upromise mobile rebates with your Ibotta rebates.

I promise you: combining and (when you can) stacking your mobile couponing methods is essential for smart holiday menu planning and food shopping. Think it’s all too good to be true? Then check out how I saved more than 50% on my Thanksgiving grocery bill!


Ibotta Expands to CVS, Publix, Duane Reade and More

Ibotta is absolutely one of my favorite mobile shopping apps. Because Ibotta offers are essentially interactive, manufacturer rebates, I can combine my Ibotta savings with all of my SnipSnap store coupons. When Ibotta launched back in October, offers were originally redeemable at Target, Walmart, and Walgreens. Today, Ibotta offers can be redeemed at CVS, Kroger, Safeway, Publix, King Soopers, Ralphs, Vons, and Duane Reade.

I’m extra excited to start redeeming Ibotta offers at CVS, because I can stack those offers with ExtraCare Rewards, SnipSnap store coupons, and SavingStar offers. (Check out Mo’ Money’s CVS Mobile Store Guide to read about all the ways you can save at CVS with your smart phone!) And make sure you SnipSnap this 20% off your entire purchase coupon you can redeem at CVS after you earn ExtraBucks + SavingStar and Ibotta rebates: