1. Get money back on grocery and dining purchases with rebate apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51.
If clipping coupons sounds like a chore when you’re away from home, download easy rebate apps like Ibotta, Checkout 51, mobiSave, and BerryCart instead. Check for rebate offers before you go shopping or out to eat, and save your receipt so you can snap a photo of it for proof of purchase. While the majority of rebate apps require a minimum cash-out amount—like Ibotta ($20)—MobiSave lets you transfer funds to your PayPal account as soon as you submit a rebate.
Bonus Tip: You can stack these rebate offers with coupons and sales for even more savings.
2. Don’t pay for travel-size items–read a coupon’s fine print to get the small sizes for free.
Travel-size toothpaste tubes are cute, but they come with a price…unless you’re diligent about reading a coupon’s fine print! You can get those babies for free when a high-value coupon doesn’t have a size restriction.
3. Find the best deals anywhere with The Krazy Coupon Lady app.
Just because you’re not used to shopping at Rite Aid at home doesn’t mean you should avoid shopping there while you travel. The savings are awesome! KCL covers dozens of stores across the country—both regional and national. Open up the app and check for unbeatable deals on the road, then use the Coupons.com app or site to print coupons in your hotel’s business center, nearby college, or library.
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget that Plenti Points, which can be earned and redeemed at Rite Aid, can also be used at Expedia, Exxon Mobile, Enterprise, National, Alamo, Macy’s and more!
4. Download fast food apps to save on quick meals.
The occasional fast food stop on a long road trip is inevitable. Before hitting the road, make sure to download these 10 restaurants’ apps to get free food at McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, Burger King, Taco Bell, Sonic, and more.
5. Contact your destination’s chamber of commerce for local coupons.
Write, call, or email the area’s chamber of commerce or welcome center. They’ll gladly send you information about their area and will almost always send coupons for area restaurants, hotels, and activities. Remember—the people who work there are locals; ask for the names of any places they would recommend you eat, stay or play.
6. Collect coupon inserts to take advantage of regional deals you can’t find at home.
You don’t have to be a couponer for very long before you start to notice certain…injustices. While your sister in Arizona finds BOGO deals on ice cream, you’re stuck paying full price for rocky road in Idaho. Traveling to other parts of the country means new couponing opportunities! I’ve collected newspaper coupon inserts from hotel lobbies, restaurants, and even local libraries. Grab them at the airport if you can, and bring them home with you.
7. Find coupons for dining, hotels, and entertainment on deal sites like Groupon and Living Social.
While national deals are available, deal sites like Groupon and Living Social have different local offers that often include up to 50% off at restaurants and on activities. For example, in Chicago, I’ve seen deals that can save you 50% on ice skating at the hot tourist destination, Millennium Park.
Bonus Tip: Use Restaurant.com for the best dining discounts.
8. Bring your coupons with you and use them at national stores.
Yes, take your coupon binder on your trip! The top drugstores—Walgreens and CVS—are nationwide. More than likely, you’ll see one of these stores where you’re vacationing.
9. Buy discounted gift cards from Raise.com.
Save an average of 12-15% on your purchases, meals, hotels, and other travel expenses when you use a discounted gift card. I like Raise.com because they’ll send me an email alert when a certain card or discount becomes available. They also have a nifty app that I can use to store and organize all my digital gift cards that can also be used in-store when I’m on the go.