I have some random updates about coupons, so I’ve compiled them into one post here. Hopefully you’ll find the answer to some questions you’ve had:
SavingStar Credit & Stacking
I really enjoy using SavingStar, which gives me digital coupons that I can load to multiple store cards. I don’t have to worry about paper coupons, and I can redeem the offers at any participating store. The only thing I don’t like is having to wait for the redemption to credit to my account, so I thought I’d mention that purchases I made at Ralphs on 10/23 finally showed up in my account on 11/9. That’s approximately 2 1/2 weeks. Their FAQ states that credits are usually applied in 2 to 14 days, but can take up to 30 days.
Also according to the FAQ, SavingStar coupons are “not intended” to be stacked with paper coupons, but at the moment there’s nothing to stop you from using them that way. To honor the manufacturers’ intent, I will list both paper and SavingStar coupons, but not stack the savings in calculating the final price.
Printing Coupons using Windows 8
I’m still using Windows 7, but apparently you can’t print Coupons.com coupons in any browser if you’re using Windows 8 while operating in Metro mode, because the coupon printer uses an Active X control that has been disabled by Microsoft in Windows 8 Metro Mode.
In order to print coupons in Windows 8, you will need to use a browser opened in Windows 8 Classic mode. To switch to Classic Mode in Window 8, navigate back to the desktop by selecting the desktop tile, then launch the browser of choice as you normally would.
Many coupons now have the new single barcode now, and most if not all stores have updated their register systems to accept the new barcodes. However, if you run into a situation where it beeps, just pointing out the new barcode to the cashier might be enough for him/her to push it through. That happened to me just a couple of weeks ago at Ralphs – which was odd, because other coupons with the new barcode scanned fine.
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