SavingStar – Turn Coupons Into Cash

Free SavingStar Coupons

We all know there are a million different places to print coupons from the Internet. A while back, Cellfire tried to shake things up by offering to load coupons onto your store loyalty card. It sounded sweet until I saw that their system only worked with a handful of stores, none of which I lived near. But now there's a new company called SavingStar that offers to do something similar, with a twist, and at pretty much every store – at least near me. And this includes drugstores.

The way SavingStar works is you load the coupons onto your loyalty card and then get paid when you use them. So if you load a $1 Oreo coupon and then buy some Oreos, your shopping bill at the store doesn't change or lower. Instead, $1 is credited to your SavingStar account. Once you reach $5, you can cash it out via Paypal or a gift card.

How SavingStar Works

Now before I go shopping, I simply load everything up onto my card and then if I happen to buy the product before, sweet. It's almost like free money that I forget about until I remember to login and look at my account.

Some of you may remember SavingStar offering Friday Freebies each Friday from 2013 into 2015. Then, from May 2015 through June 2016, they offered freebies each month. Like any great Mariners fan, I expected it to abruptly end. Sadly, I was right, as they stopped giving away freebies and never started it back up again.

So they're all-in on coupons! Has anybody used SavingStar yet? What are your thoughts or opinions on it?

30 comments on “SavingStar – Turn Coupons Into Cash”

  1. I currently use Saving Star. The problem I have with them is you don’t always get the credit like they say. I’ve kept a record, and I’ve bought 8 items that they never credited to my account. They do pay you pretty promptly, but just watch and make sure you get your credit.

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  2. Help…..Goob…I am so confused on how SavingStar works….I have signed up and have an account….I read the directions and I am still confused.

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    • With SavingStar, how you get your cash back depends on where you buy the item. If it’s at a store that offers a card, like CVS, you have to link your card to your SavingStar account. Then, when you purchase the item, SS will know and automatically refund the money. If it’s at a store that requires that you submit a receipt instead, you simply take a photo of the receipt and submit that. You might try looking up video tutorials on YouTube. Sometimes, hearing someone explain it and walk you through it is much easier to understand than just reading the directions Hope this helps…good luck!

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    • Just to add onto Samantha’s awesome answer, think of SavingStar like a coupon company without physical coupons. Instead of downloading software and printing paper coupons, you “load” the coupons electronically to your store loyalty card. Then when you scan your card at checkout, both the in-store weekly sales AND any SavingStar coupons you loaded to your account get subtracted off your final bill at checkout.

      Ideally, in a perfect world, all coupons will be like this in a few years! Couponing would be far easier, faster, and more seamless.

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  3. I on the other hand have had no luck with SavingStar. Linked to my Kroger card and saved the 20% off bananas and it did not work. Checkout51 is great though, love it!

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    • It takes a little while to show up, I’ve been using them for a little while now and they do show up, just not immediately. And not during checkout, it’s something you have to cash out.

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  4. I just started using Checkout51 and it’s awesome! Granted it’s going to take a long time to reach the $20 cash out point and a lot of the coupons are for stuff I either don’t want or don’t need in that specific quantity but it’s still a great site. Of the 4-5 weeks I’ve been using it I’ve found at least one offer I can claim each week and it takes almost no work to quickly snap a picture of my receipt and upload it. I claimed coupons for broccoli and Draino (Which I needed anyway) this week.

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  5. how does this work with upromise ecoupons – can you use two identical coupons – one for upromise (i think money gets added to your upromise account??) and one for savingstar? or do the two coupons null each other? or what?

    any experience with this?

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  6. About a month ago, I bought an item that I had a Staving Star coupon for. They emailed me about two weeks later and told that the coupon amount had be credited to my account.

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  7. A nice feature is that one can request an e-mail listing loaded coupons. That list could then be entered in a smartphone/PDA so that it’s available at the market.

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  8. I’ve used SavingStar..took a while to get credited to my account but the money finally showed up. I was also able to use coupons at the store so it was an added bonus.

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  9. @JC: Use both, why not get something back later *and* get your cents/dollars off? Thx Goob, just started and I’m glad to see I might actually get some credit back. πŸ™‚

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  10. I recently started using SavingStar and purchased 2 items that I had activated on my loyalty cards. I haven’t seen the credits yet. πŸ™

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  11. Wonderful line, @JC!!!
    “Coupons are for the present! Loyalty points are for the future! And never the twain should meet.”

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  12. Do not like!

    “So if you load a $1 Oreo coupon and then buy some Oreos, your shopping bill at the store doesn’t change or lower. Instead, $1 is credited to your SavingStar account.”

    I want to not spend the $1 now. This system insures that I not only spend the $1 now, but even when I get the $1 back its in the form of credit (i.e. still spent money). Moreover, I have to spend in blocks of $5 to get that money back. How often will people “bank” $4.40 and give up, forget, etc?

    Coupons are for the present! Loyalty points are for the future! And never the twain should meet.

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  13. Depending on how many people were to sign up for this, and use their coupons the money would go into a company based savingstar account. All the money that accumulates into that account they’d accrue interest on, those that signed up wouldn’t. Then depending on how much you did have on your account, you’d have to request to get it sent to paypal. It takes time to get money from paypal at times. I’d rather just take my coupons to the store, and use them then to reduce the cost of my bill.

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  14. looks good to me – more of a savings thing than anything. I relate to goob’s attitude – just some extra cash that I will probably forget about!

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  15. Yes, I just checked out their FAQ, and currently at least, you can use paper coupons which would double and still get SavingStar credit, so it seems like a winning proposition to me!

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  16. I’ve used SavingStar. It’s more of a ‘savings account’ than a coupon deal–and you CAN use paper coupons with this. I’ve been active on the system since April or May. It did take a while for the first purchase ‘savings’ to post to my account, but the website does say it could take up to 30 days. It can make for some awesome deals if you can wait for the extra $ to show up in your account.

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  17. how it works is instead of taking the money for the coupon off at the register it takes it and puts the credit in the savingstar account and then you can cash it out later.

    Personally I would rather just load regular coupons and keep the cash in my pocket then.

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