savings clubWant to get access to high value coupons before everyone else? is offering free access to the offers through their Savings Club. The club normally costs a fee, but it’s being offered for free for a limited time.

You simply add your store savings card to your account, and then start electronically clipping coupons or adding them to your card. Within thirty minutes of clipping, the coupons are activated and available for use at the store.

The site says the average savings is $16 a month, but it’s too early for me to tell if that’s possible. Right now, shoppers in the Savings Club can get a Listerine offer for buy one get one free, $2 off TASSIMO coffee, and handful of $0.50-$1.00 offers.

Limited stores participate

For me, the participating stores are the real issue. After I signed up, I realized my store is not included. The following stores and their loyalty programs participate: Bakers, Carrs, City Market, Dillons, Dominick’s, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Genuardi’s, Gerbes, JayC, King Scoopers, Korger, Pavilions, Pay Less, QFC, Raplphs, Randalls, Safeway, ShopRite, Smith’s, Tom Thumb, and Vons.

While a store in my area is not participating, I can still take advantage of some of the savings. It’s just, I have to print those coupons. There’s a $1.50 FRESCHETTA coupon available to Savings Club members that does not appear in my normal Coupons section for non-members in my zip code.

It’s too early for me to tell if it’s really worth the $3 investment for the sneak peak at higher value coupons that I can only print because my grocer doesn’t participate in the electronic clipping program. I’m not immediately blown away by the offers, but we’ll see what happens over the next few months.

Terms of free promotion

The free promotion will last until March 16th or until 151,516 new Savings Club subscriptions are added, whichever comes first. You have to give your credit card to create an account. Your credit card will automatically be charged next year at this time when the free trial period ends. It will cost $3 a month to continue the service. While the terms and conditions say you’ll be automatically charged at the end of the free trial, the fine print also says that you’ll get an email reminding you that your email will be charged.

To avoid any problems, I suggest setting a reminder on your phone or another service so you don’t forget to evaluate the offer next year at this time before you are charged. According to the fine print, shoppers who agree to this free trial should not be surprised by a charge next year. The fine print says the email you’ll get about the renewal will remind you that your account will be converted from a free to paid account, that your credit card will be charged, and cancellation information if you are not interested.

At that time, if you decide to keep the subscription, you should still check your account. You’ll be renewed at the $3 a month fee, but there’s also an offer for $30 for a year. That is cheaper because you’ll get 2 months free.

If you like coupons, it might be worth a try to see if you can save even more money in this club. I’ll keep you updated on my thoughts as I’m now a member.