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Get more from your supermarket

If you’re heading to your local supermarket without first checking out the store’s website, you’re probably missing out on some great savings and other goodies. Most supermarket websites have coupons, notes ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports. Many also have apps you can download; the ones listed below are free.— In addition to special email deals, you can sign up to shop online for groceries at your local store (this site covers several big chains, including The Food Emporium and Waldbaum’s, as well as A&P). After you’re done shopping, you can select delivery or pickup. The fee starts at $5. New customers save $10 off their first order ($100 minimum). Reward card members get discounts online, too. App: No.

— Can’t find your favorite brands? This site has organic, kosher and international foods that will be shipped to your door. There’s a $2.50 handling fee for orders less than $25; spend $25 and more, and delivery is free. App: Android, Apple.

— In select locations, the recently launched Digital Coupons program of the H-E-B chain lets you find savings on the site, then they are subtracted from your bill when you enter your phone number and PIN at the register. It’s expanding to more areas. App: No.

— Go to for a heads-up on the next Free For All Friday, when Kroger offers free samples of popular products. Also, “like” the grocery chain on Facebook for the scoop on Free Download Fridays, where you can snag a coupon for a free product every week. App: Android, Apple.

— In addition to home delivery, this online shopping service offers free pickup in several cities in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, and same-day pickup in parts of Illinois (most pickup services are next day). ShopSmart notes that there’s no fee and no minimum order for the service, and an employee will carry your bags to your car. App: Android, Apple.

— The store’s new mobile app includes recipes; just touch to add all of the ingredients to your shopping list. Also, the new digital coupons program lets you access digitally clipped savings at checkout right from your loyalty card. App: Android, Apple.

— The Just For U program gives members customized savings and automatically syncs Web and app actions. One person can add coupons to the loyalty card from home while another shops at the store. Also, gas rewards info is more prominently displayed so that you’ll always know how much you can save at the pump. App: Android, Apple.

— The Stop & Shop chain, which also operates Giant supermarkets, has extended its Scan It! Mobile program nationwide. Download the free app (it’s different from the regular store app), connect to the Scan It! Mobile Wi-Fi network in the store and use your phone to scan items as you add them to your cart. You’ll get a running total plus coupons as you shop. Scan your loyalty card to transfer your order to the register for speedy checkout. App: Android, Apple.

— The Scan & Go program lets you use an iPhone to scan as you shop for a quick self-checkout. It’s in stores in 14 states; ShopSmart suggests checking to see whether your local store is included. App: Android, Apple.

— The recipe section can help pull you out of a meal rut. Also, the site recently added digital coupons that load onto a loyalty card. App: Android, Apple.