We’re all looking to save that dollar. Whether it’s a sale, coupon or insider discount—we want it! Shoppers have admitted they will choose a restaurant or a store to patronize based on deals alone. It’s pretty much a no-brainer, who’s going to save you the most money, check there first. We’ve compiled some tips, discounts, and deals. These tips can apply nationally, but local moms have found these tips particularly useful for saving money in Columbus GA.


Check that “junk” mail! Wow! The amount of completely free coupons arriving in your mailbox is astounding! Whether they’re money saver envelopes, or the weekly mailer, free money is to be found! Oftentimes one can find deals for home renovations, carpet cleaning and dining out. Large chain restaurants such as Captain Ds, Steak n’ Shake and Burger King are regulars in the weekly mailers, and in our busy lives, coupons at a drive thru is a clear selling point. Grocery coupons can also be printed from your phone or computer, so visit coupons.com and save! Don’t forget to pick up local magazines too, like ours! We often feature coupons and discount codes for some of our favorite family stores and attractions.


There are great opportunities on your phone to receive money back on everyday purchases. One very easy to use app is Walmart’s Savings Catcher. Scan your receipt after a shopping trip, and Walmart will price match with nearby competitors (Publix, Dollar Tree, Target, Piggly Wiggly) ensuring you receive the lowest price for your purchase.  After your receipt is processed, you will receive an email notifying you of returned monies put on a Wal-Mart gift card to spend! Easy and awesome! Some other money saving apps are Checkout 51 and Ibotta. These apps offer cash back or gift card rewards on specific purchases. Simply scan the receipt and the item purchased and cha-ching! Plus, Ibotta gives users $10 for every referred friend that signs up. RetailmeNot is a must-have app for deals. Simply search forselect stores, such as JcPenneys, Joannes, Michaels, or Kohls and VIOLA! Money saving codes and coupons are at your fingertips. You can’t afford to miss out on these deals.

Price Matching

Shoppers often forget about price matching. When making big purchases, you must be a smart and resourceful. Most retailers will price match with other big competitors and online retailers such as Amazon. Some retailers, like Home Depot, will even beat a price match by 10%! We all know a purchase feels better when you got a deal.

Military Discounts

Although America can never repay troops for their dedicated work, many retailers offer discounts for military service people and veterans. We’ve compiled a detailed list of local, Columbus GA retailers offering discounts for troops.

Family Dining Deals

Sometimes, we just don’t feel like cooking. Luckily, there are many deals around so that even large families can afford to eat-out. We’ve compiled a detailed list of local, Columbus GA retailers offering discounts for kids’ meals.


All locations are Columbus, GA unless noted. Deals are subject to change without notice. Please verify them directly before purchase. If you have other tips for saving money in Columbus GA, contact Tammy@familyandkidsga.com.