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February 8, 2013

No scissors required for these money-savers

Dear Jill,

I do not have a clue what you mean by “load-to-card e-coupons.” What card, where do you get the card

and how do you load them? How do you load e-coupons via the Internet? I would appreciate it if you could

explain in more detail in a future article, as I am sure I am not the only one that doesn’t have a clue what this is all about.

– Jean T.

I’d be happy to review the ins and outs of e-coupons. While I’ve discussed them in detail in previous columns, it never hurts to review and refresh.

E-coupons are simply electronic coupons. With regard to grocery e-coupons (which are the type we will discuss in this column), e-coupons are very similar to paper coupons. You can use e-coupons on the items you’re buying, just as you would use paper coupons. And, in some cases, you can use both an e-coupon and a paper coupon on the same item. Just as you can stack a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon together, you can also stack a paper coupon and an e-coupon together, as long as one is a store coupon and one is a manufacturer coupon.

Many major supermarkets and drugstores offer e-coupons – national chains including Kroger, Safeway and CVS/pharmacy among them. In most cases, you will load these e-coupons to your store’s loyalty card via the store’s website or a smartphone app. Simply enter your loyalty card number into the website or the app, then click on the coupons you wish to add to your account. Then, when you go shopping, the e-coupons will be activated and the discounts applied when your loyalty card is scanned at checkout.

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