eCoupons are relatively new and are coupons that you load directly onto your store affiliated card. What is wonderful about these coupons is that currently they can be stacked in conjunction with manufacturer coupons, there is not any cutting or sorting needed with them since they are electronically placed onto your card and they automatically come off when you buy the product.

There are currently two main eCoupon websites and it is worth signing up for both of them:

Once signed up, add all the coupons available to your card (even if you don’t usually but the product) which should only take a few minutes. Both services update a couple of times a month and it is worthwhile adding all the new coupons that are available when each site does update.

If you shop at Safeway, you can also add eCopons to your Safeway card.

Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have and I will do my best to answer them.

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  1. I have been frustrated the past couple of times I have been expecting my e-coupons to be taken off my card and then find out that they were not used. Do you know why this would be?

  2. @Jenny

    The times mine haven’t come off when I expected them to is when there are size restrictions and I buy the wrong size. If this doesn’t appear to be the case, definitely contact the eCoupon company to see if they can resolve the issue.

  3. @Jenny – I have had the exact problem. I signed up with Cellfire and thought I had loaded a coupon for Tide on my Safeway card, but when I bought the Tide I did not get the $$ off on my receipt.

    So I would also like to know why this would be.

  4. Oops, guess I was questioning while you were answering Jeffrey.

    Do you have to actually have the physical card to get these discounts? I don’t actually have a Safeway card (lost long ago) just punch in my phone number at the checkout.

  5. @Deedee

    No, you don’t have to have the actual card when shopping as long as you put in your phone number (I do believe you need the card number when signing up with the ecoupon sites).

  6. I’m following you from all the way across the country in Long Island New York and see that none of the participating store listed on either of the eCoupon sites exist out here. Am I going to have trouble following along with you as deals come up seeing as we’re in two completely different markets? I primarily shop at a store named Waldbaum’s and they have a similar thing to these eCoupons called CouponSource so I’ll add those coupons to my card and try my best to follow along!

  7. I use e-coupons at Kroger and had an issue with a free product not coming off my total. I called them up and they made it right. I went back today and every e-coupon that was supposed to come off did.

    I think it’s a good idea not to completely base your shopping on e-coupons, but recognize that they are there as a great supplement to your coupons/store sales.

  8. @Tiffany

    No, there should not be a problem following. These are just useful for getting single items for free from time to time and it is still possible to get great discounts even if you don’t use or have access to these.

  9. also has e-coupons that you can add to your Von’s(Safeway card). I can’t remember if you can add them to Ralph’s(Kroger)card.

  10. In some parts of the country, you can also add Proctor & Gamble ecoupons to your shopping card:

  11. i’m hoping you’ll do an entry that reflects on the challenge eg what you’ve been eating since, how it will/won’t
    change the way you’ll be eating in the long term, any indulgences you’ve enjoyed, etc. your progress as a chef was just getting interesting. have you given up in favor of pb/banana sammiches?

  12. This is a great guide. You should put a link in the top header next to “$1 A Day Challenge” just for these “Lazy Couponing Guide” entries. I often refer friends to this guide, but it is confusing for some to have to back-track to find the first entry. That way we can refer them to one URL to find all the entries of the guide in order. This would be great!

  13. now can load coupons to your Savings Card, too.

    And, seeing as many stores/store managers are adopting a “no internet printed coupon” policy, eCoupons may not be the “lazy” way, but the only way to shop using coupons in the future.

  14. Jeffrey,

    I’ve read through all of these posts (at least I think I have). I am still unsure of what to do with the Sunday paper inserts. If I’m not supposed to read them and just file them, how do I utilize them? I think I have this ecoupon thing down, but the other coupons I am not understanding yet.

  15. Is this the last post you have up on this so far? I am so intrigued by this. I have been trying the “super couponing” the past 2 months and like you said I’m ready to give up. I love this guide so far, can’t wait to read the rest. Hope I can learn more from you.

  16. @Charlie

    You will match those up with the deals that this blog (and others) find each week as well as use the coupon database to find them when you need to purchase something. I haven’t gone into detail on that yet, but will be writing a post on that soon.

  17. Really enjoying this guide is there more posts? would love to keep reading I have been super couponing for about 2 months and it is not working like i thought it would and need help

  18. I have read this entire article, excited to fine out how to get the free stuff; I have never collected coupons B4. Why am I collecting all of the sunday papers and when do I do something with them?

  19. @Cathy

    First, you need to find a blog that matches deals each week. We do Safeway, Albertsons, Walgreens and CVS here. There are bloggers that match almost every major food store. These will tell you when a coupon you need is found in the Sunday paper insert. When you make your grocery list for food you need that is not on the deal list for that week, you can check the coupon data base to get coupons that will save you money.

  20. I can’t imagine that your last post was really in August… Have I missed a link? Dying to know what to do now that I have this stack of Sunday inserts.

  21. Hi Jeffrey,

    I’ve read your guide and was wondering, why are we saving Sunday coupons and dating them? Is there another step that step or post that outlines how to take advantage of those or did I miss something?

    Thanks a lot

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