A lot of you ask me every week at AFC and here on the blog about SavingStar. I feature it in my match-ups if there are available coupons, so I thought I’d explain the details for you so that you can start using it to save even more if you’ve been on the fence.
SavingStar parallels UPromise in some ways, but I don’t want you to get the idea that they’re similar in payout. When you sign up with SavingStar, you’ll enter information from your store loyalty cards (Kroger, Albertsons, Giant) as you do with Upromise. From there, you’ll add coupons directly to your card(s) from the site. Then, when you use your loyalty card you’ll receive the associated discount for a product, say $1.00, deposited directly into your SavingStar account. This is where it differ significantly from any other digital coupon program. You choose the payout. Once you’ve accrued $5 in your account, you can choose to receive your money in one of four ways (for now):
1.) Direct deposit into your bank account.
2.) Directly sent to your Paypal account.
3.) Amazon Gift Card
4.) Donate it to AmericanForests.org
Personally, I love the ability to turn coupons into cash. I’m sure you do too. Before I get too far out there, I have a few more points to make. First, this program is totally free to use. Second, they have some incredible and unique coupons. For example, $1.00/1 Skinny Cow Frozen Product or $1.00 off TWO Lean Cuisine or $0.40/1 No Yolks. Without a doubt, you can see the value of this program without me even listing these. These are all products you and I purchase, as well as Bayer Aspirin, Aleve and One A Day Vitamins. All of these I just mentioned will deposit $1.00 each into your account. Tack that on to the Skinny Cow and Lean Cuisine and you’ve got your first payout. Since you can add your Rite Aid and CVS loyalty cards, you can use these saving opportunities there too. Now, let me try and address a few more questions you may have.
Can I stack SavingStar coupons with paper manufacturer coupons?
SavingStar currently has no policy that prohibits that practice, and there is no system in place to prevent it. However, these are manufacturer coupons and are intended to be used singularly against the purchase of an item – just as you would use a paper coupon. With that in mind, they are stackable with store coupons, as each store permits.
Can I use SavingStar AND Upromise?
No. SavingStar powers the coupons for Upromise, so if you select them for Upromise, you cannot select them for SavingStar and vice-versa.
Is my store participating?
Probably. When you sign up, you’ll enter your zip code and the available store logos will be shown for your area. Here is the list of participating stores:
Albertsons in Wyoming
Angeli’s Central Market
Giant Food Stores
Harris Teeter Food Markets
Jewel – Osco
Kash ‘n Karry
Kings Super Markets
Lancaster and Lebanon
Martin’s IGA Plus
Nob Hill Foods
Pick n Save
Piggly Wiggly in SC or GA
Piggly Wiggly in WI or IL
Shoppers Food & Pharmacy
Stater Bros. Markets
Stop & Shop
Super Fresh NY
The Food Emporium
Thriftway Shop n Bag
How often are new coupons added?
Most new coupons are added (or reset) on the first of the month, but recently I’ve noticed that new ones become available periodically throughout the month too.
I see my store listed, but it doesn’t have a loyalty card.
There are a few stores that don’t have loyalty cards. Some have key ring tags for the Upromise program, which is operated by SavingStar. What you can do is register the Upromise card in your SavingStar account as you would another loyalty card.
Still have questions? Ask away! You know that’s why I’m here. Ready to sign up? Do that here.