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Chicago’s Hottest Coupons

At SaveOn, we connect our savers with hyperlocal coupons so you can live life for less. We understand you may not have time to always look through all the deals we offer, so we’re highlighting the most used coupons from September, so you can take advantage of these incredible offers. Check out the hot coupons your fellow savers have been using.

Sammy’s Mexican Grill – $10 Off Any Order of $35 or More 

It’s easy to understand why people are going crazy for Sammy’s Mexican Grill’s $5 off coupon. The restaurant’s modern Mexican food is a fan-favorite in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and was voted Best Mexican Restaurant by TripAdvisor. You can still get $5 off orders of $20 or more through the end of October.

Yen Yen Restaurant – Up To $4 Off Cantonese Cuisine

Yen Yen Restaurant has some of the most flavorful Cantonese food in the Chicago area, and savers have loved getting deals there. For a limited time longer, you can receive $4 off any purchase over $25, $2 off $10 or $1 off $6. Stop in or take out dinner for the whole family.

Tide Cleaners Chicago  – 50% Off at Tide Cleaners

Dry clean-only doesn’t have to be an inconvenience or annoyance. Chicago savers found that not only did Tide Cleaners have an amazing deal last month, but its stores are scattered all across the Greater Chicago area so you never have to travel too far. Grab this deal until Nov. 9.

In addition to these incredible deals, SaveOn offers a huge variety of local coupons for automotive, health and beauty, retail and fashion, entertainment, food and dining, groceries, home and garden, and more. Find savings near you at SaveOn.com, and don’t forget to become a SaveOn member. Membership is free, allows you to conveniently save all your coupons to one place and helps you be the first to hear about the best coupons for the things you love. Start saving and live life for less.

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Online Deals West Michigan

West Michigan’s Hottest Deals

At SaveOn, we connect our savers with hyperlocal coupons so you can live life for less. We understand you may not have time to always look through all the deals we offer, so we’re highlighting the most used coupons from September, so you can take advantage of these incredible offers. Check out the hot coupons your fellow savers have been using.

Black Rock Bar & Grill 10% Off the Total Food Bill

Black Rock Bar & Grill is an award-winning steakhouse specializing in certified Angus beef steaks served and cooked to perfection by you on a 755-degree volcanic sizzling rock. West Michiganders love Black Rock for the memorable dining experience and great food. Last month, savers were able to get 10% off their total bill, making the Black Rock experience even better. We’re excited to continue offering this deal throughout October.

Auto-Lab Complete Care Centers BOGO Oil Change at Auto-Lab

Auto-Lab has earned a reputation for being completely committed to the customer through proper diagnostics and top-notch repair work. In fact, every repair they do at an Auto-Lab facility comes complete with a 12-month /12,000-mile warranty. For the last month, savers have been taking advantage of BOGO oil changes at Auto-Lab, and you can too. Redeem the offer until Oct. 30.

Palermo Pizza 18-Inch, Three-Topping Pizza for $17.99

Voted No. 1 best sauce and pizza, Palermo Pizza has been serving the Grand Rapids area for about 50 years. Palermo serves a variety of pizzas, subs, salads, sandwiches, breads, wings and more. Because savers have loved getting Palermo’s 18-inch, three-topping pizza for just 17.99, Palermo is extending the offer through Nov. 4. Get in on the savings while they last.

In addition to these incredible deals, SaveOn offers a huge variety of local coupons for automotive, health and beauty, retail and fashion, entertainment, food and dining, groceries, home and garden, and more. Find savings near you at SaveOn.com, and don’t forget to become a SaveOn member. Membership is free, allows you to conveniently save all your coupons to one place and helps you be the first to hear about the best coupons for the things you love. Start saving and live life for less.

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Detroit Online Deals

Detroit’s Hottest Coupons

At SaveOn, we connect our savers with hyperlocal coupons so you can live life for less. We understand you may not have time to always look through all the deals we offer, so we’re highlighting the most used coupons from September, so you can take advantage of these incredible offers. Check out the hot coupons your fellow savers have been using.

Happy’s Pizza – $16.99 2 pounds BBQ Rib Tipz

This past month, savers have been going crazy for the mouthwatering BBQ Rib Tipz from Happy’s Pizza! Happy’s prides itself on customer satisfaction and quality products, using the finest ingredients. Each Happy’s location smokes its famous BBQ Rib Tipz daily and makes everything fresh to order. For a limited time longer, you can get 2 pounds of Rib Tipz for just $16.99!

Chicken Shack – $7 Off Super Special

Feeding the family can get pretty pricey, but people throughout Detroit saved on lunch and dinner at Chicken Shack. The Super Special includes 12 pieces of chicken, a slab of ribs and a choice of two sides, which is more than enough to feed the whole family. There’s still time to take advantage of $7 off the Super Special.

Great Lakes Family Dining – 20% Off Total Bill

Great Lakes Family Dining is a Sterling Heights staple. Known for its delicious homemade food and inviting atmosphere, people from all over Detroit travel to have a nice meal there. All through September, people enjoyed getting 20% off their bill. Grab this coupon until the end of October.

Although food coupons topped the rest for September, SaveOn offers a huge variety of local coupons for automotive, health and beauty, retail and fashion, entertainment, food and dining, groceries, home and garden, and more. Find savings near you at SaveOn.com, and don’t forget to become a SaveOn member. Membership is free, allows you to conveniently save all your coupons to one place and helps you be the first to hear about the best coupons for the things you love. Start saving and live life for less.

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Coupon Tips

Become a Pro Couponer

Couponing is an artform — it takes time, energy and strategy. Whether you are brand new or looking to step up your couponing game, there are tactics you can implement to achieve your savings goals. As an innovative marketing company, specializing in connecting savers to relevant and trusted businesses, we know the ins and outs of couponing. The SaveOn team has compiled our best advice to help you become a pro couponer and expert saver.

Getting Started

Before you start clipping coupons, you should consider three things: savings goals, time devotion and couponing supplies.

The first thing you must decide is what your savings goals are. Are you looking to cut your monthly spending in half? Do you want to save $10 a week? Are you only going to make leisurely purchases if you have a coupon? Are you going to create a stockpile or are you just saving on current purchases? No matter what your goal is, setting firm objectives will be the first step to becoming a true couponer.

Next, you should determine how much time per week you want to spend couponing. The amount you regularly save tends to directly correlate with the time you devote to couponing, meaning you spend more time to save more money. It’s easy to get sucked into the fun of couponing and spend more time on it than originally planned. Determine how much time you will coupon each day and week and stick to it. It’s all right to work on a flexible schedule, but be firm with not going over your allotted time each week.

Lastly, you need to get your supplies in order. Most couponers like to have a binder with dividers to store their printed coupons. Three-inch binders are one of the more popular sizes for couponing, and getting baseball cardholder inserts is a great way to store the coupons without having them fall behind each other. Some people prefer plastic bins to coupon binders. This method can easily get disorganized, so we suggest rubber-banding coupons together by expiration day, placing them in alphabetic order by store and clearly labeling them. Another storage option for savers is filing bins or boxes. Again, storing them by date and alphabetic order and labeling in a way that makes sense to you will keep you organized on your upcoming shopping trips. Other supplies you may need for couponing are a printer and paper, scissors, a paper cutter, labels, and dividers.

Learn the Lingo

One of the most confusing things for new couponers is the lingo because there are a lot of abbreviations and terms that coupon sites and blogs tend to use. Here are some of the most important couponing terms to know while you get started:

  • Stacking — Using multiple coupons for one item (one manufacturer’s coupon and one store coupon usually)
  • BOGO/B1G1 — Buy one get one
  • Q — Coupon
  • WYB —When you buy
  • OOP — Out of Pocket
  • Double Coupon — Coupon that the store doubles in value
  • $/$$ — Dollars off when you buy X amount of dollars
  • $/X — Dollars off when you buy X number of items

Although these seem foreign and can be hard to remember at first, you’ll quickly catch on and find yourself using them all the time.

Stay Organized

You’ll hear us say this time and time again — stay organized. Organization is the single most important part of being a successful couponer. If you can’t find a coupon or don’t use it before the expiration date, all your hard work goes to waste. Find an organization method that works for you and stick to it.

Coupon Sources

Every pro couponer has a variety of sources to get the best savings. Coupons can be found in newspapers, magazines, store flyers, online or via apps. Magazines and Sunday newspapers are known for being full of coupons, and many new savers used to start there for local coupons. Companies often send magazines with their latest coupons in the mail weekly or monthly. In today’s world, many newspapers are folding or moving online, so if your local paper doesn’t offer a ton of local coupons or doesn’t exist anymore, a good place to start is online.

At SaveOn.com we offer thousands of hyperlocal coupons for food and dining, automotive, groceries, retail and fashion, health and beauty, and more. You can easily print or save coupons through your free membership account. Pro couponers subscribe to a number of online couponing sites and download apps to get coupons straight to their phones and emails. You also can subscribe to our magazine to have coupons delivered to your door monthly.

Another way to get coupons is to email or write to manufacturers of your favorite products asking for coupons. These companies are happy to send coupons because it encourages people to buy their products, and you will get great deals that you can sometimes stack with local store coupons.

Finally, signing up for membership/email lists that regularly send coupons is always a good idea. Whether it’s for a single store or a couponing site, you will be able to easily save, organize and use coupons.

At SaveOn, we are focused on giving savers access to reliable, local businesses and big savings so you can live life for less. To ensure you never miss a great deal and to receive more savings tips, sign up for our newsletter below.  

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Coupon Tips Marketing

Finish 2020 Stronger Than You Started

This past year has been insane — COVID-19, wildfires, riots, killer bees, the list goes on. These unexpected events have turned the world as we knew it upside down. It’s hard to imagine any business could finish as strong as it anticipated at the start of the year, yet there are still things you can do to help your business finish the year stronger than you started. 

Set Goals and Build a Plan

A lot has changed over the course of the year. Your goals have most likely changed too, and that’s perfectly fine. To finish the year off strong, you should decide what you want to accomplish by the end of the year and set SMART goals. SMART goals will ensure your objectives are tangible and reasonable for the timeframe left. Share your business’s goals with your staff and post them around the office where everyone can see them. This helps keep your team stay focused, motivated and moving toward your collective objectives together. Once you have your goals, it’s time to make a plan to achieve them. 

Most businesses created a business plan for the year last winter. Unfortunately, this is not the same world or business climate you started in when building your plan. If you haven’t already, the best thing you can do for your business is to reevaluate your business plan and make adjustments based on your new goals.

Get Creative

We know that COVID-19 and the other events of 2020 have created major obstacles for businesses. To maintain and increase sales, you’re going to have to get creative. Don’t be afraid to adjust or try out new business models/strategies.

For instance, people aren’t out and about like they were pre-COVID-19. If possible, consider building and promoting an online store. According to Digital Commerce 360, online merchants gained an extra $107 billion this year as a result of the pandemic. Starting or expanding an online store will help you reach customers who can’t physically get out right now or make your brand available to people outside or your normal market area.

Another way companies have maintained or increased sales is by altering product/service offerings. For example, restaurants have started expanding delivery and curbside pickup options by adding the service or partnering with companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats. We have seen similar adjustments in other industries as well. Auto manufacturers started producing respirators, the spirits industry has been creating hand sanitizer, and furniture and office supply companies are making partitions for offices and restaurants. These offerings don’t have to be permanent, but they can be great for bringing in new business while providing necessary products and services. 

On the converse, it can be a strong business move to limit product and service offerings. Majority of locally owned restaurants have condensed their menus for COVID-19 to cut back on costs. Additionally, clothing stores and other retailers have also limited their variety of goods to focus on more popular items. 

Adjustments are going to vary from business to business. At the end of the day, you have to do what works best for your business. Take the time to plan the rest of the year so you can maximize your bottom line. 

Motivate Staff

As a business owner or manager, you know how stressful this year has been. Your employees are also feeling the pressure and probably are experiencing some form of burnout heading into the fourth quarter. Reenergizing your staff is a good way to ensure you finish the year strong. Reenergizing and motivating staff can be accomplished through a number of methods. 

First, start by acknowledging their stress and burnout. By having an open dialogue with your staff, you can come up with helpful ways to incorporate fun, stress-relieving activities into the workplace. Some easy de-stressors you can incorporate are daily walks with co-workers, meditation time, trivia or (virtual) happy hours. Allowing time to unwind and relax at work is key to keeping employees motivated and moving forward. 

Another way to motivate staff is through incentives. Giving bonuses, time off, gift cards or some other form of incentive can help encourage employees power through the end of the year. Although these gestures seem small, they will make your staff feel valued for their hard work and show you appreciate all they do, especially during this difficult year.

Keep Promoting your Business

When money gets tight, one of the first things businesses want to drop to save funds is their marketing and promotions. This is a bad strategy because effective and thoughtful advertising has been proven to increase sales despite recession and other economic barriers, according to Zimmer Communications. By meeting your customers or potential customers where they are at, you have the opportunity to bring in new customers, increase sales and speed up the purchasing process.  

At SaveOn, we’re devoted to helping businesses be as successful as possible by connecting them to new customers and promoting product and service offerings at the hyperlocal level. To learn more about how our team can help your business reach your goals, visit saveon.com/business.

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Your Business Needs Coupon Marketing, Here’s Why

When someone talks about coupons, what do you think of? Some people immediately reference moms using Kohl’s Cash or recall an episode of “Extreme Couponing,” but studies show that coupon use is much bigger than those common examples. In fact, coupons can be integral in enhancing your current business model.

Why Offer Coupons?

Business owners and marketing professionals often ask us why they should start offering coupons. Whether your business is doing well or has room for growth, coupons can expand your current customer base and increase sales. 

Although coupon marketing can look like you’re giving away product for free, 77% of consumers actually spend $10 to $50 more than planned when using a coupon, according to Invesp. Upselling is a common practice in coupon marketing. Making conditions like “$10 off when you spend $50” or “buy-one-get-one half off” can persuade customers to purchase more expensive items than they normally would or buy a larger quantity than intended. These types of offers allow customers to get more expensive items cheaper and increase your profits. Coupon marketing is a great opportunity for you to not only upsell but also cross-sell. 

Cross-selling can occur in a number of ways, but two common methods are pushing products at the time of sale, like asking customers if they would like to purchase silverware to go with their new plate set, or making a coupon requirement that a customer must buy a product of a certain type to redeem the deal. For instance, in the same kitchen supply store example, you could have a coupon that offers 50% off silverware with the purchase of a new plate set. This is a great way to unload items you’ve had in stock for a while or introduce customers to new products. 

Another benefit of coupon marketing is increasing the speed of a sale. According to Kelton Global, 48% of consumers say they will make a purchase sooner if they have a coupon. Speeding up the conversion rate is a smart way to meet quarterly sales goals and unload seasonal products. 

Finally, by offering coupons on a trusted site, through direct mail or via email marketing, you can entice new customers to give your brand a try. Elect an offer that is powerful enough to get a customer to change his or her habits and chose you over your competitor. Then, customers will add you to their lists of places they frequent.

Who Uses Coupons?

So now that you know why you should offer coupons, you’re probably wondering if your target audience even uses coupon. The short answer is yes, they do. According to a study by PRRI, baby boomers (people 55 and older) are more likely to use coupons than any other age group, with 96% saying they use coupons, followed by Generation X with 91% and millennials with 87%. Additionally, a study from marketing firm Acosta found Gen Z is three times more likely than millennials to use mobile coupons. 

The bottom line is coupons are still highly valuable to your customer base regardless of age, gender or other demographics.

How to Start Offering Coupons

How and where you advertise coupon offerings depends on each individual business and what services/products it provides. You should start by considering whether paper or digital makes more sense for your company. 

Paper can include direct mail, magazine, receipt roll or newspaper. Paper coupon marketing will likely have printing, design and placement costs but is still a preferred method among older generations. Placing paper coupon ads in popular newspapers and magazines is a good way to get coupons in front of new customers. As younger generations are more digitally inclined, more companies are turning to digital coupon marketing.

Digital coupons also have an assortment of advertising opportunities, including email and text marketing, online publications, couponing apps and websites, geofencing and retargeting, and digital advertisements. Each method will still likely have a design and placement cost but will save you the cost of printing. Email and text offers are a special exception. If your company has a strong email or text list, you can actually avoid that placement cost. Another benefit of email and text promotion of coupons is that emails containing coupons offer a 48% increase in revenue per email, ReadyCloud found.

Whether you’re new to coupon marketing or just trying to navigate the changes, SaveOn has a team of experts who are ready to help you find the right method for your business. SaveOn helps savers live life for less by connecting them with relevant and trusted businesses. We are the top-of-mind provider of innovative marketing solutions, and we are passionate about the growth of our business partners. To learn more about how to get started in coupon marketing, visit saveon.com/business.