How To Use Electronic Coupons With Your Grocery Card

by Beth M. on 2010-02-0810

Want to save on groceries? Today, we are covering the pros and cons of using electronic coupons with your grocery card. We’re also sharing one shopper’s personal experience with using these coupons.

Here’s an interesting concept that I wasn’t completely aware of till I read about it the other day: if you’re a loyal customer at a particular store and own a grocery card, you can actually be proactive about reducing your grocery bill by downloading electronic coupons onto your card. Now I haven’t used online coupons in a long time, but recently had started thinking that in this economy I should revisit the idea again. So, I decided to give it a try.

How To Use Electronic Coupons With Your Grocery Card

There’s actually a website called that lets you add these grocery coupons onto your card ahead of time so that when you use your card at the store, the coupons are automatically applied. Here are the basic instructions for getting this to work:

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1. Visit

2. Check if your grocery store qualifies for downloadable coupons.
Find out if there is a store near you that accepts electronic coupons. I mainly shop at Kroger, and that is one of the participating stores. Other stores include Voss, Tom Thumb, Fry’s, Dominick’s, Safeway, plus many more.

3. Register your grocery card.
To proceed, you’ll need a grocery savings card or loyalty card from a participating store. The sign-up process is simple. You register for an account and plug in your store name and savings card number.

4. Look for coupons you want to add.
You can then browse for coupons you’d like to add to your card. When you find one you like, just click the “add” button, and the coupon is downloaded onto your card! I added coupons for Bisquick, yogurt, frozen fruit and canned soup, and decided to make a quick trip to the store to try it out.

5. Use your card at your grocery store and enjoy the savings!
If everything works as advertised, your coupons should be applied at the store checkout counter. But there may be a few glitches too! Here is my own experience with this process: at the store, I decided to forego Bisquick and the yogurt, but put the fruit and soup into my grocery cart. At the self checkout, I scanned my card and then my items. My frozen fruit coupon automatically popped up on the screen, but when I scanned the soup, the soup coupon did not. I told the cashier what I was doing and asked if she knew anything that can be done to make the coupon pop up. She didn’t have any answers, so I continued with my other items.

6. Report any problems accordingly; be aware of glitches.
When I got home, I filled out a form on the website to let them know that I could not redeem the soup coupon at the grocery store. I also checked my account and noticed that the site had recorded my $0.55 savings on the fruit! Small savings indeed, but it all adds up.

Some Room For Improvement

Despite the errors, I will definitely continue downloading coupons. The only problems I see with the site, in addition to not being able to redeem a coupon as expected, is that there are not a lot of coupons to download. I am assuming, but do not know for sure, that they will upload new ones frequently. Also, you cannot take advantage of double or triple coupons at your grocery store with these electronic coupons, which is a little disappointing. But I think combining these electronic coupons with regular paper coupons could be a great boost to my grocery budget. After all, every little bit helps!

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Contributing Writer: BEM

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LeanLifeCoach February 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm

For many years I avoided coupons like the plague. To me it was a nuisance to have “one more thing” to deal with. I became a convert several years ago but with systems like this it is just too hard to say no!

Keith Morris February 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm

This is a really cool concept. I hope it takes off. Unfortunately, the small selection is not worth switching to a participating store at the moment.

LifeTuner has a nice list of websites for bargain hunters worth checking out.

ParisGirl111 February 9, 2010 at 9:00 am

I have switched back and forth. I will use coupons and then stop. For a single person, it’s much harder to go through the stockpiled groceries you purchase with coupons. I have been using a great site called the grocery game that matches up the coupons with the sales to give you substatial savings. I also tried to the electronic ones. However, I have found that there is a larger savings with the paper ones because of the double coupons that are offered at my store on those.

20smoney February 9, 2010 at 9:26 am

That is pretty slick… hopefully my local grocer will be added soon

Credit Girl February 9, 2010 at 9:44 am

I’ve always used coupons and I think this is really cool. I would definitely use coupons if they were available for my grocery store in my area. Also Keith, thanks for the list of websites as well!

John February 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I was leery of using the e-coupons until i tried them. First, there are some different sites besides I’m not going to try and list them because what sites you want depends on the store you use. You can use a few sites to add to the number of coupons on to your card. Different stores treat these coupons differently. Some treat the coupons as store coupons. Some count them as Manufacture’s coupons. Some even count them as a different coupon type all together. Test a couple of stores with the same items along with print or store coupons to figure out the best combination for you. If you find one that counts e-coupons different than MF or Store coupons you can get great discounts using up to 3 coupons on 1 item.

Trevor February 10, 2010 at 8:11 am

I have been using a great site called the grocery game that matches up the coupons with the sales to give you substantial savings.

Ed Harris February 16, 2010 at 11:36 am

I have finally convinced my wife to use web coupons. And she’s starting to like it. Not bad for someone that just learned to “copy and paste” a few months ago.

Ron March 4, 2010 at 10:48 am

I guess this is reserved for the bigger groceries. That’s the problem with most sites offering coupons. They don’t really represent the local groceries by offering coupons for them. If that’s the case, I guess we’re a long way from having electronic coupons for small groceries.

Candace September 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I’m an amateur to say the least, but I do love couponing. I just haven’t figured out a way to actually make all of my time worth while. I’m not sure how the couponing thing works 100%. I don’t know how to get multiple items or how to find clearance items, etc. For instance, what is a catalina coupon? How do I get free items? I know the very basics and have yet to figure out how to get coupons downloaded to my bi-lo card…hmmm any advice?

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