Believe it or not, coupons have been around since the late 1800s. It may, in fact, take a global pandemic to help us appreciate and put to use, this reliable money-saver. It helps both the customer and the seller, especially during times of need. As much as we may not want to admit it, we all need coupons right now to manage our expenses.
Free Online Coupons
Now, more than ever, we want to help our families and friends stay safe and stretch their money as far as they can. Online coupons are easy to find, and many companies are offering virtual deals to help cope with today’s crisis.
- Groupon is doing their part by extending vouchers for up to 12 months, and constantly updating their list of available coupons.
- The Krazy Coupon Lady, which on top of their usual discounts, has provided a Coronavirus Shopping List
- Slickdeals, a user-gathering platform where community members can share references, has created a Coronavirus Shopping Resource page that provides a list of participating retailers.
- Burger King is giving away two kids meals with any purchase made via their app. The app is available to download on the App Store and Google Play.
Earn Gift Cards
If you are interested in a more interactive process, there are websites that offer gift cards in exchange for your participation. Companies like Swagbucks, InboxDollars, and Survey Junkie award gift cards for watching ads, completing surveys, and even shopping. Sure, we still may get the occasional coupon via snail mail or email, but for those of us starting to get cabin fever, this engaging alternative is pretty great. Swagbucks and Inboxdollars are both currently offering a $5 bonus just for signing up.
If you are a first responder or frontline worker supporting the healthcare system, be sure to stop into a Starbucks for a free tall brewed coffee. Starbucks stated that it will continue to provide free coffee to customers in these essential fields. The convenience store chain Sheetz recently announced that starting April 2nd, 2020, they will be offering a new program called Kidz Meal Bagz. Meals will be offered at select locations and will include a turkey sandwich, chips, and a drink. In addition, websites such as www.mygrocerydeals.com can help locate local offers in your area and allow you to search by item. Be sure to check with your local businesses that are keeping their doors (and their websites) open for offers.
If you are interested and able, there are many food banks in dire need of donations. We have listed other ways in which you can help others during this time of need.