Disclosure: I was recently invited to a FAB lunch to launch a new coupon app launch, called Couwalla. As usual, my chemo schedule wouldn’t allow it. Lucky for me, Cristy Clavijo-Kish was able to fill in. She was provided a complimentary lunch, and a gift card to try the app. Here’s her account..
Do you consider yourself a coupon expert? Do you even use coupons? Do you have the time? I certainly am not a coupon expert. I like to save money so I certainly shop sales and use many of the coupons that I receive at home for my favorite brands and products. I have to be honest and say that if it’s not easy for me to get to a coupon and use it, I usually don’t. When Jewel invited me to attend the Couwalla App Launch on her behalf I was curious about the new service for this very reason- savings made easy. After being delighted to enjoy a delicious lunch at Brio Tuscan Grille with their unique dishes, I had the pleasure of meeting former Miami Dolphins player and actual coupon expert Keith Sims (@KSims69 on Twitter). Yes, a man who coupons and isn’t embarrassed to admit it! He had a completely simple view and explanation on the benefits and simplified use of coupons. Keith is such a believer, advocate and daily user of coupons and saving money that the company brought him on as a partner and spokesperson. It is great to see experts and passionate people behind and building a brand. You can check out his blog posts on Couwalla’s site: Coupon Keith Blog.
In general Couwalla’s app development and management team continue creating unique saving opportunities for consumers. One of the partners has THREE kids in college- a strong reason to need to save every penny imaginable!
The app itself was simply put – easy to use. We were invited to shop and use it at Westfield Mall in Broward – the shopping location where the app was launched. My favorite function is that the coupons actually worked in-store and loaded very quickly. With some of the other coupon apps that I have used, I often find a lack of coupons for the stores or brands that I like as well as the user experience being difficult. And it so happens that whenever I’m in a store other retail apps give me the online coupons so they don’t apply while I’m in store- what’s the point?
I was able to save a good amount of money. The example on my receipt is for Love Culture- a trendy fashion store that has fun unique items and accessories for both my daughters and I. The app featured a $15 savings when you spend $50. I found some great top, very cool jogging pants and two sparkly necklaces. I didn’t have to sacrifice quality or location to save money- that’s a great combination.
But my favorite part of the Couwalla App actually has nothing to do with saving money and everything to do with donating to charity. Through its Couwalla Cares program, the company donates to a charity of your choice for every download of the app. So you get to save and donate? Yes! More details are here.
Be sure to download the Couwalla app to give it a try. They are continuously adding new retail partners so be sure and check back on the website for the latest updates.
Cristy Clavijo-Kish is the Creator and Publisher of Los Tweens & Teens – a bilingual platform that shares positive influence for the challenging in-between years from 7-17. She shares lifestyle content with Jewel’s Fab Life.