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When I was in college, I used to clip stacks of Sunday coupons. I’d call my then-boyfriend-now-husband to gloat about how I just bought a can of shaving cream for–gasp!–25 cents. SCORE!
After college, I still clipped. Not “Extreme Coupons” clipping, but enough to save here and there.
But something happened along the way. LIFE happened–we had kids, got busier jobs, had more kids….and since two years ago, this busy blog thing.
I despise clipping coupons!
Shocked, aren’t you? I know–you’d think someone as “thrifty” as me would have a purse stuffed full of manufactures’ coupons. But I don’t. I rarely use coupons because they’re time consuming to clip and keep track of.
So when #CollectiveBias gave me an opportunity to try out Walgreens’ Paperless Coupons (#WalgreensPaperless), I was looking forward to trying this. I already use paperless coupons at my grocery store. Awesome chance to see if Walgreens could spare me some couponing headaches and find me some good deals. :).
What’s the Deal with Paperless Coupons?
“Old school” is buying a Sunday paper and spending 20 minutes with your 3rd grader’s scissors, clipping away, only to sort through piles of wrinkled coupons trying to find the one you need.
“New school” is downloading the Walgreens app and “clipping” coupons with the touch of a button to your Balance Rewards account, then simply scanning your Balance Rewards Card at checkout (or entering your phone number associated with your Balance Rewards Card) for the coupon to automatically be applied. (TIP: You can also clip the paperless coupons from Walgreens.com).
(In my opinion, every store should have paperless coupons!!)
It’s really that simple. For each coupon that I clipped to my card, it gave me a running total of the number of coupons I clipped, and the amount I’d save if I used them all.
How ya like that math?? And best of all–no coupons to stuff in my purse! WOO HOO!
School Blogging Savings
The other night after work I stopped off at my Walgreens on the way home from work, armed with the app. I had “clipped” coupons for notebooks…..index cards….ink pens…. I mean, everything a person could want for back-to-school stuff. But since my 3rd grader’s backpack was already stuffed full of supplies, these supplies were for Mommy’s blog!
I get so excited when I see office and school supplies, don’t you?!
What was cool is that all the items I bought were on sale already….but the additional savings were because of the paperless coupons! Sweet!
Notebooks: Regular $3.99….SALE $2.99….but with clipped coupon, only $0.99 each!!!
Who doesn’t love a pack of fresh pens?? I love this time of year….
Ballpoint pens: Regular $4.29……SALE of $2.99…..but with clipped coupon, $0.99 each!
Just part of the pile of goodies I bought!
Taking My Blog to the Next Level
I recently signed up for a blogging challenge (you know I love challenges….wink wink). The challenge is for bloggers to see how much money they can make with their blog in 45 days. Recently I confessed to you that I have been slowly killing myself trying to “get ahead” in this blogging game, wanting to become a professional full-time blogger by fall of next year.
If I am going to make that happen without killing myself, I need these supplies to start writing down my goals……creating “To Do” lists on fresh legal pads….and of course, colorful pens! This blogging challenge has homework, so I need supplies if I’m going to earn an A. 🙂
Below was the first homework assignment: to find your blogging stats, and create some blogging goals for the next 45 days and beyond. Exciting seeing it on paper!!
The extra money I saved using the paperless coupons, I bought a bunch of Sharpie markers, too, so that I can color-code and label things for the challenge!
Yep, see the receipt right there? The balance rewards savings helped out a lot, but using the paperless coupons took my savings to a whole ‘nutha level. Pretty cool!
Paperless Coupons – Yay or Nay?
Why’d they take so long to develop this? More stores should seriously consider paperless coupons. With the digital age, there’s no reason that all coupons can’t be access and scanned electronically. I don’t have time to clip, sort, and find coupons. I want my finger do the clipping, whether I’m planning a shopping trip in advance, or making an impromptu stop at Walgreens and just want the coupons right then and there. Thanks to Walgreens for moving in that direction and allowing busy, impatient moms like me save money, too. 🙂
What about you? Do you clip coupons? Have you ever used paperless coupons? Leave a comment and share!