Are You Missing Out on These 9 Basic Discounts?

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Discounts can be found everywhere. We’re not just talking about major blowout sales or Groupon offers—we mean discounts on basic buys you make every day. And because every little bit of savings can add up to big wins, we want to make sure you aren’t missing out on extra opportunities to keep more cash in your wallet.

Even the most extreme discount shopper could miss out on some of these hidden gems. Have you discovered these nine simple ways to save yet?

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1. Upload Digital Coupons

Let’s be honest: It can be super time-consuming to cut out paper coupons. We get it. But did you know more and more supermarkets are allowing customers to upload virtual coupons directly to their in-store rewards card? All you need is an internet connection and about two minutes of your time. Take that, Sunday circulars.


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And if you’re a Negative Nancy when it comes to using any coupons whatsoever, we have good news for you: There are plenty of ways to save money on your grocery bill without using coupons too.

2. Submit Rebates

Rebates are annoying, and retailers and manufacturers know it. But thanks to modern technology, rebates are becoming easier to submit online. Just don’t forget to do it! The sooner you submit it, the sooner you’ll be spending that $25 check six to eight weeks from now.

3. Talk to Your Cashier

This is a simple one. The only effort required is talking to your cashier. Politely ask if you’re missing out on any coupons or discounts. They may have some leftover from another customer or a special code they can ring up. Just ask!

Since we’re on the subject of coupons, don’t just toss out expired coupons in one fell swoop. Rather than throwing them away, see if the store will still honor your coupon. Many stores make it a habit to honor coupons long past their expiration date. It’s worth a shot! And be extra kind to your cashier while you’re at it. It might help your cause a little too.

4. Take Customer Surveys

You know that customer survey at the bottom of your receipt that you never pay any attention to? It could pay to take a peek at it! Lots of restaurants will offer you something like a couple bucks off or a free single entrée item just for taking a customer satisfaction survey. So maybe you're craving a sweet treat to go along with that jolt of caffeine jolt. Save your Dunkin’ Donuts receipt and fill out their easy survey at the bottom! They’ve been known to give a free doughnut with coffee purchase as thanks for your time.

5. Sign Up for Restaurant Emails

Pick three or four of your favorite restaurants and sign up for email alerts. You’ll have to sort through some duds, but every now and then you’ll score a deal like 15% off your entire meal or a free appetizer or dessert. If your inbox starts to overflow, just create a separate account and let those promos pile up.

And remember to look for coupon mailers in your actual mailbox. You know, that physical one in front of your house that the birds use? You might score a BOGO offer at a new restaurant in town, or a $5 pizza offer just in time for Friday night!

Don’t forget to sign up for all the birthday freebies too! Many restaurants and coffee shops will give you a free dessert, free coffee, or even a free burger (hello, Red Robin) all because you blew out another birthday candle. See, getting older isn’t all that bad now, is it?

6. Redeem Your Loyalty Points

You’ve probably signed up for more rewards programs than you can count. Each time you scan a rewards card, you’re racking up those points. But are you actually remembering to redeem them? You should be. Use them before you lose them!

Keep an eye out for stores that offer discounts or reward points to use for gasoline too. Kroger, Sam’s Club and Costco all offer discounts on gas for your car. Fill’er up!

7. Ask About Car Insurance Discounts

Who doesn’t want to save money on car insurance each month? There’s plenty of ways you can save just by asking your car insurance company! They might offer a discount if you’re over a certain age, have a good driving record, or even if you’re married. Have a driver who’s in school? They can get discounted rates based on their good grades. Now that gets an A+ in our book.

8. Get Your Referral Bonuses

Find out if your cell phone provider or gym offers referral bonuses. Just be sure to give your special link or code and to any friends you refer. It could lead to a significant discount on your next bill!

9. Check for Employee Discounts

While you’re at it, check with your employer to see if they offer a discount for using a specific cell phone provider, or if they reimburse you for getting your fitness on. If so, find out what you need to do to take advantage of this awesome benefit. Plenty of companies nowadays offer their employees a break with these kinds of group incentives. It never hurts to ask, especially if you end up saving a little extra dough.

We’ve covered a few great ways to save, but these aren’t the only ways. Look around and take advantage of all the basic discounts you may be overlooking. Make sure you aren’t missing out on "easy money." And remember, if you’re trying to trim your budget or get your savings to grow faster, every little bit helps!

Keep track of all your savings along the way with our free budget app EveryDollar!

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