For every coupon queen, there is someone who tried couponing and couldn’t find the time or energy to make it work for them. It is for these people that sites like West Michigan-based SavingsAngel exist. Services like SavingsAngel can be perfect for those who don’t enjoy chasing down deals and are looking for a simple way to find the best discounts.
Founded by Josh Elledge – aka the Chief Executive Angel – SavingsAngel promises to cut your grocery bill in half. I have been intrigued by the service for years. However, being a bit of a tightwad, I could never bring myself to spend money even if there was the promise of saving money in the long-run. But when SavingsAngel offered to let me try out the service for free, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
Taking SavingsAngel for a test drive
After registering, new members are encouraged to visit the SavingsAngel Academy where they learn the basics of ‘enlightened shopping.’ This series of short tutorials may be a bit basic for experienced couponers, but it is an excellent introduction for those new to the couponing world. The academy also describes how to use the SavingsAngel website so don’t skip it even if you’ve been couponing for years!
The SavingsAngel Academy tutorials take about a half hour to complete although you could certainly spend more time if you go through all the assorted support materials and videos that are listed on each academy page. Once you complete the academy, somewhere a bell must ring and you then earn your wings.
Now it’s time to save. From the main page, you select the store of your choice which brings up a list of weekly sale items. The best deals are listed first, and you can page through the list or search for specific products. Then, check off the ones you want to create a personalized shopping list.
Next to each item is a list of all available coupons. Links for online coupons open in a new window so you don’t have to leave SavingsAngel to print them. Along with your shopping list, you can print a list of coupons needed so you can easily flip through your inserts to find the right ones.
Stores covered by SavingsAngel
Although founded in West Michigan, SavingsAngel has expanded to cover 47 stores across the nation. Shoppers in Grand Rapids and the surrounding counties will find shopping lists available for the following area stores:
- D&W Fresh Market
- Family Fare
- Rite Aid
- Dollar General
- Family Dollar
Some stores, such as Pamida and K-Mart, have pricing supplied through couponers working in the AngelWorker program and may have smaller shopping available lists.
Other benefits of SavingsAngel
Beyond its shopping lists, SavingsAngel offers members access to an Angel community board, a knowledgebase section of articles, a tip board and a help desk. There are also meal plan ideas posted to help shoppers figure out what to do with all the great bargains they buy.
In addition to the SavingsAngel Academy, the site provides new members the opportunity to schedule a phone call with an Angel Mentor. These mentors are experienced couponers who can answer questions and provide one-on-one advice to maximize couponing success.
The skinny on SavingsAngel
The price: Regular pricing is $20 for 4 weeks. Introductory pricing options are also often available.
The website: The SavingsAngel website isn’t going to win any design awards. Many of the pages felt cluttered, but overall, navigation was easy and the shopping list feature was simple to use.
The verdict: While some may balk at paying for information that is often available free on other sites, SavingsAngel offers a simple way to find the best deals without trolling the internet for hours each week. People who are new to couponing or those who have limited time on their hands will benefit most from SavingsAngel. The site clearly explains how to save money at the grocery store and significantly streamlines the time and effort it takes to find the best deals.