Getting Started with Electronic Coupons

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 19, 2009

Today’s guest post comes from Erin from Coupon Cravings. She blogs about the very best deals and freebies around the web!…”Because we all crave a few good DEALS to make it through the week!!!”

I was first introduced to Shortcuts.com a little more than a year ago when I learned I�d be handling the nationwide roll-out to media. For years I�d been an on-again off-again coupon clipper and I was excited from the get-go about this new way of using coupons.

Shortcuts.com is available today to those who do their grocery shopping in the Kroger chain, including Kroger, Baker�s, Smith�s, Fry�s, Dillons, King Soopers and Ralphs. A full list of participating Kroger-owned stores is here. In the next few months Shortcuts.com will be available to more major grocery store chains so check your inboxes for those details!

Getting Started

It�s easy to start saving money with electronic coupons. Just go to Shortcuts.com to set up an account and link your store loyalty card. While Shortcuts.com is owned by AOL, you do not need to be an AOL user to sign up with Shortcuts.com.

Once you log in to Shortcuts.com you�ll find coupons for top brands like Huggies, Betty Crocker, Hellman�s and Pillsbury. You�ll even find coupons you won�t find anywhere else, like a $1/1 coupon for one Ragu Natural Pasta Sauce Pouch.

Just click on the coupons you want and they�ll be automatically transferred to your store loyalty card. You can add up to 50 electronic coupons which are then deducted from your account when you redeem them at grocery check-out.

At Shortcuts.com you can view all the coupons on your card and then print out the page to take it with you to the grocery store so you know which coupons are available for your use on your card. There�s no need to cut out any coupons. Click on My Wallet to see at-a-glance how many coupons are on your card, their total value and expiration dates.

Want More Electronic Coupons?

Kroger chain shoppers are really fortunate that the company is so forward-looking when it comes to coupons. Not only can they get ecoupons from Shortcuts.com, but they can get 36 ecoupons from P&G�s eSaver program for Dawn, Crest, Febreze and more that are valid through March 31 (P&G�s eSaver is also available to Safeway shoppers). Or, check out Cellfire for a handful of ecoupons, mostly for private label brands, that can only be used at Kroger-owned stores.

If you want to add ecoupons to any of your store loyalty cards, not just your Kroger or Safeway card, check out the Upromise ecoupon program. The only catch is that you don�t get money back using these ecoupons. The coupon value goes straight to your Upromise college savings account. Upromise, Register your grocery card and save when you shop!


Electronic Coupons: Do�s & Don�ts

DO give yourself at least 30 minutes between the time you select a coupon and the time you go shopping to be sure the coupon has time to get added to your card.

DON�T stack an ecoupon with a manufacturer�s coupon that you�ve clipped from the newspaper or printed out from the web. Because ecoupons and print coupons are both manufacturers� coupons this is inappropriate double-dipping.

DO remember that ecoupons do not double so plan accordingly if you have print coupons for the same item that may double at your store.

DON�T forget to print out a list of ecoupons that you have on your card to help you remember to pick up the items next time you�re at the grocery store.

DO check back on ecoupon sites frequently for new coupons. Shortcuts.com, for example, is updated more frequently with new coupons than printable coupon sites.

DON�T forget to check your receipt to make sure your ecoupons were deducted from your total. For Shortcuts.com, contact Customer Service to resolve any problem quickly.

Erin Gifford is Communications Director for Shortcuts.com by day and moonlights at CouponCravings.com to share the best grocery, retail and drugstore deals. She can also be found on Twitter at Twitter.com/CouponCravings.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherry January 19, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Thanks for the info! I signed up for Shortcuts and Cellfire. :D

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Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam January 20, 2009 at 9:07 am

I am mourning the fact that our Krogers were bought out by Harris Teeter. Hope they do it for other stores soon. Love this concept!!

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Anonymous February 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm

I can’t add coupons using the Mac versions of either Firefox or Safari, it won’t let me click to add the coupon. Since Shortcuts.com has been online for over a year now it seems they’ve left all Macs in the dust.

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