Have you ever used ecoupons? Here are the ins and outs of how to use ecoupons properly.
First of all, what is an ecoupon?
Ecoupon stands for electronic coupons. Typically, you set up an online account for these coupons, link your store card to your account and then save these coupons to the store card.
No clipping, sorting or filing is necessary! Ecoupons are very convenient. Plus, for those of you who always forget to bring your coupons to the store, this is the perfect coupon for you!
Ecoupons do not double and they can only be used once on the products indicated. That means if you have a $0.50/1 Cheerios ecoupon and you purchase 2 boxes of Cheerios for $2 each, you will pay $3.50 because you can only use these coupons once!
Ecoupons can reach their limit, so I recommend that you save them to your store card before they are gone. Now, here is the thing.
Types of ecoupons:
Can you use an ecoupon and a paper coupon?
The answer is, you shouldn’t. Most ecoupons are manufacturer coupons. When you are using ecoupons in conjunction with a paper manufacturer coupon you are violating the terms on the paper coupon that state only 1 coupon per purchase. Will ecoupons work with a paper coupon? Yes, typically, these coupons will work in conjunction with a paper coupon. However, just because they work, doesn’t mean it is right!
So, if you are able to use an ecoupon and a paper coupon together it is just because there is a glitch in the system, not because it is ok to do. This goes for Savingstar, cellfire and Shoprite ecoupons. I even called Shoprite, and they said that ecoupons won’t work with paper coupons. (Now part of me wonders why a company like Shoprite can figure out how to make it not work, but the big ecoupon companies, can’t figure this out).
So basically, when you stack a cellfire coupon and a savingstar coupon and a paper coupon on an item to get it free or super cheap, you are not following the rules stated on the paper coupons. This is a wrong and unethical way to use coupons. This could probably also be considered a form of coupon fraud.
Now, that being said, I am a very busy and forgetful girl. I might save an ecoupon to my card today and 8 days from now, go buy that item with a paper coupon. I will most likely have no memory of the fact that I saved an ecoupon to my card. I am sure many of you may make the same mistake. If it is an honest mistake or oversight, there is no use fretting about it. Honest mistakes happen, and if the ecoupon companies can’t make a better system to enforce their policies, mistakes will continue to happen because nobody can remember everything.
However, I would like to go on record saying that it is wrong to use an ecoupon and a paper manufacturer coupon together. I will not promote deals and freebies with the combining of these coupons any longer. I am so sorry for the times when I gave you incorrect information about ecoupons. I honestly did not realize that stacking them with a paper coupon was wrong.
Ecoupons are convenient, give me more opportunities to use coupons, plus they sometimes have some very rare coupons available. It would be a shame if these ecoupons went away because people used them incorrectly. If we want to do what is right, and want to see ecoupons stick around, then we should not take advantage of the ecoupon system. In the future, I will not use a paper manufacturer coupon and an ecoupon for the same item. I hope you will join me in doing the right thing!