Flood Watch
from FRI 11:00 AM MST until SAT 11:00 PM MST, Coconino Plateau, Yavapai County Mountains, Little Colorado River Valley in Coconino County, Little Colorado River Valley in Navajo County, Little Colorado River Valley in Apache County, Western Mogollon Rim, Eastern Mogollon Rim, White Mountains, Northern Gila County, Yavapai County Valleys and Basins, Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons, Western Pima County including Ajo/Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Tohono O'odham Nation including Sells, Upper Santa Cruz River and Altar Valleys including Nogales, Tucson Metro Area including Tucson/Green Valley/Marana/Vail, South Central Pinal County including Eloy/Picacho Peak State Park, Southeast Pinal County including Kearny/Mammoth/Oracle, Upper San Pedro River Valley including Sierra Vista/Benson, Eastern Cochise County below 5000 ft including Douglas/Wilcox, Upper Gila River and Aravaipa Valleys including Clifton/Safford, White Mountains of Graham and Greenlee Counties including Hannagan Meadow, Galiuro and Pinaleno Mountains including Mount Graham, Chiricahua Mountains including Chiricahua National Monument, Dragoon/Mule/Huachuca and Santa Rita Mountains including Bisbee/Canelo Hills/Madera Canyon, Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains including Mount Lemmon/Summerhaven, Baboquivari Mountains including Kitt Peak, Kofa, Central La Paz, Aguila Valley, Southeast Yuma County, Gila River Valley, Northwest Valley, Tonopah Desert, Gila Bend, Buckeye/Avondale, Cave Creek/New River, Deer Valley, Central Phoenix, North Phoenix/Glendale, New River Mesa, Scottsdale/Paradise Valley, Rio Verde/Salt River, East Valley, Fountain Hills/East Mesa, South Mountain/Ahwatukee, Southeast Valley/Queen Creek, Superior, Northwest Pinal County, West Pinal County, Apache Junction/Gold Canyon, Tonto Basin, Mazatzal Mountains, Pinal/Superstition Mountains, Sonoran Desert Natl Monument, San Carlos, Dripping Springs, Globe/Miami, Southeast Gila County

Non-tech-savvy seniors unable to take advantage of digital coupons, study finds

With inflation at a 40-year high, just about everyone is looking for a way to save.

But a new review by a consumer watchdog group shows seniors are facing a bar to access when it comes to couponing in the digital age.

When it comes to clipping coupons to save, seniors are being sidestepped. That's the finding from a new report from consumerworld.org, a consumer watch group out of Boston.

The site points to what looks like great deals. But look closer, and you'll see they're only available after you navigate your way through a system of digital coupons.

P_NOVELLO DIGITAL DEALS AND SENIORS 5P_KDFW67dd_14_00.01.23.15

It means digitally-disconnected or otherwise not tech-savvy seniors are unable to access rock bottom prices.

On Your Side: Navigating electricity plans sticker shock

Unlike loyalty cards or traditionally- clipped coupons, digital deals often must be pre-selected in advance from a computer or smartphone and then loaded into an online account to get the advertised sale price.

A 2021 study by the Pew Research Center showed that 39% of those 65 and older do not own a smartphone, and 25% don't use the internet. That means millions of seniors can’t take advantage of digital-only deals.

Consumer World reviewed offers from more than 50 supermarket chains, including Albertsons and Kroger, and found two-thirds of them had digital-only discounts.

MORE CONSUMER NEWS

Albertsons and Kroger own about 5,000 stores that operate under roughly 40 nameplates. Neither one responded to the site’s requests for clarity on their digital-only offers.

Getting high marks for access is Texas-based HEB. It provides physical coupons in store for those who don't use the internet.

Map: Which states have the highest and lowest gas tax?

And if you're thinking you've got it figured out, read the fine print. Many of the sale prices you see advertised at the store can’t be accessed simply by swiping your loyalty card. You've got to navigate and clip the digital deals, load them on to your card and then present it at checkout.