You've seen them all over the place...that square with all the little boxes and squiggly lines...from magazines and newspapers to bus stops and stores at the mall. They are called QR Codes, or Quick Response Codes. They are essentially a quick way to get to a particular website simply by scanning that code with your phone. If you don't already have a QR reader on your phone, search the app store on your phone for "QR Code", and a bunch of them will come up. I have a BlackBerry and use "CLIC2C". It is fairly reliable an usually finds the code on the first try. There are lots of them available for free. Once downloaded, it will enable you to take a picture or "scan" the code, and get you to the offer or website instantly. The great thing about these codes are that they can now save you money! There are lots of manufacturers and supermarkets that are printing these codes in their advertising for links to additional savings. For instance, last week, my local supermarket had some cookies on sale for $1.77. If you scanned the code in the store's sale circular, an additional 50 cent coupon would be sent right to your store loyalty card. On top of that, of course I had a 50 cent coupon from the Sunday paper, which doubled to $1.00, so a bag of Milanos only cost me 27 cents! It's easy to get deals like this and there are no "secrets". Just keep your eyes peeled in your supermarket for in-store specials like this. A lot of times you will also see QR codes printed in product advertising or on products themselves. Scanning them will usually get you signed up for special deals, promotions and coupon offers from that company. I'm thinking that sometime down the road clipping paper coupons will be a thing of the past, and saving money will be as simple as taking a picture of a funny looking square in the Sunday parer...we'll see! Have fun scanning your way to savings!
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