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Thursday thoughts: Coupons.com Savings Club

Posted September 8, 2011

Have you seen the new Savings Club from Coupons.com? Wondering if it is worth the cost? Here are the details of the club including the cost and a sample of the "exclusive " coupons.

Coupons.com has just launched a new aspect of their website called the Savings Club. You pay $3/mo or $30 if you pay for the year in full. For this fee, you are supposed to receive more premium coupons, greater savings on those coupons and early access to the coupons.

They are offering a 30-day free trial period if you are interested in trying out the club. Click HERE for the free trial sign-up and more information on the club.

Folks on some other blogs have posted the initial "exclusive" coupons they have received and here are the ones listed by a couponer on afullcup.com:

.50 off any Bob Evans ref. side dish
1.50 off a 4pk of Seattles Best iced lattes
1/2 Bacardi mixers
1.25/2 Zest body wash or 8bar soap
2.00 off Post-it pop-up note dispenser $5 min
1.25/2 Vanity Fair napkins
1.50/1 Opti-free puremoist 10oz+
1/1 box of Blue Dog bakery treats
1 off Cooking Light mag
2 off Tioconazole ointment (wags)
2 off Miconazole 3 (wags)
.55/1 Bar Keepers Friend can

Personally, the only coupons we would use from that list are for Bar Keepers Friend and the Blue Dog Bakery Treats. I have printed the Blue Dog coupons many times from various sites so those are pretty easy to come by. None of the others are for products we use. If you use those products, the club may be worth the $3 per month ($2.50.mo if you pay for the year in full).

It would be very unfortunate if free coupon printing sites decided to move towards a membership-only website. If I had to pay for all of my printable coupons, I would have to think twice about printing any more coupons. We already pay for the computer paper (usually very cheap through office rebate deals, though) and ink. I am just not as inclined to pay for a membership fee for coupons that are not truly spectacular. Based on what I see from the coupon list above, I am better off with my local paper and a subscription to All You Magazine (which usually has $50 or more of manufacturer's coupons in each monthly magazine).

Have any of you signed up for the free trial? What are your thoughts so far? Please let us know if the future "exclusive" coupons are valuable to you.

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  • unc94gal Sep 9, 2011

    You know what I would pay for? Some 99-cent coupons. Those on items I would actually buy might be worth it to pay a premium for, but otherwise, no thanks.

  • lapizlady Sep 8, 2011

    Going from Free to paying ...not a good idea! 2 Thumbs Down.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 8, 2011

    schoonie79 - let us know if they get any better!

  • jabmeb23 Sep 8, 2011

    By the way...did anyone else here HLN this morning about CVS making a settlement based on overcharging for their sale items? Interesting...makes me stop and think alittle more closely!

  • jabmeb23 Sep 8, 2011

    Wow Faye you are on top of everything! My husband ask me just last night to send you an email and ask your opinion...looks as through you're a mind reader as well! Lol...thanks so much for the info because we would not be interested in any of those coupons either...and I too agree that paying for a newspaper, using printer paper and ink is enough for us!

  • schoonie79 Sep 8, 2011

    I did sign up for the club last month and my first printed ones were for baby wipes, diapers, saline solution and some food items. The food coupons don't seem all that great but some of the household items seem to be worth it. We'll see and if I don't like it, I plan to cancel before the year is up so it doesn't auto renew.

  • earlychd99 Sep 8, 2011

    I agree with the other responses,It is not worth the money and the coupons don't seem that good.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 8, 2011

    I figured this would be the general response and as you can tell, I agree with you.

  • marmic1046mi Sep 8, 2011

    I don't use those items. Even if I bought those items, I would consider substituting other items to avoid having to pay for the membership.

  • HappyGirl08 Sep 8, 2011

    Yea I'm gonna pass on that too. I don't like to pay for things I don't need and none of those coupons look good to me. I hate to pay for the newspaper but I do. haha I will stick to printing free coupons and getting my one paper.

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