Coupons are trusted, familiar friends to many shoppers. Saving cash, getting samples, free shipping or finding bargains items at 10%, 20% or even half price and even deeper discounts can add up to taking a huge bite out of your expenses.
The best part of finding coupons online is that you can put away your scissors. Just get the code and enter it as you virtually check out.
From linens and baby clothes, coffee, appliances and garden decorations... you'll find coupons for reduced prices and free or low shipping offers to help you stretch you budget and still shop for cosmetics, toys, appliances, fashions, drapes or just about anything you may need.
Whether you are shopping for a gift, or for looking to buy something for yourself discount coupons are your key to unlocking savings over time.
Recall the stories about the 'coupon clip' ladies of a generation ago? A few gained fame by saving thousands of dollars a year on purchases by taking scissors to paper coupons and applying them to every purchase. Well, the same goes for online coupon codes. Once you're addicted, the savings can't help but add up.
How to use coupons
New to online coupons? They're simply they numbered codes that tell a retail checkout page to subtract a percentage or a dollar amount from your total purchase. Whether they're called coupons, coupon codes, promo codes, or discount codes, the savings are still the same. Sometimes, they can be an offer for free delivery, or a free git with your purchase.
At checkout, all you need do is cut and paste or type in the number where it says "Enter Code" and you should immediately see it accounted for in the grand total.
Sounds simple, but watch for the pitfalls: Coupon codes are known to fail at checkout. The most common reason is that a coupon has a shelf life. Check the date to see if it is expired. Also, further inspect the fine print to see if your purchase is eligible. Sometimes, you have to spend a certain amount on eligible items before you can receive the discount.
PRO TIP: Can't find a coupon on the item you want to buy? Turn the tables on big retailers with this one simple trick: First, fill your cart with items you want to buy. Then leave the site, but copy the URL before you leave. Now wait (it won't be long) for ad tracking software to follow you everywhere you go.
The ads that will inevitably appear may offer coupons and often additional discounts on the items you just 'abandoned'. Once you have the code, return to the saved URL and apply the code. (Pretty sneaky, but it's a win-win for the retailer and for YOU because, hey, you're not a pushover!)
One more PRO-TIP: Download your favorite retailer's app and join a rewards or cashback program, and/or
for customer newsletters to be the first to know about coupon codes, clearances, and special deals.
Watch out for coupon scams
Also watch for coupon code scams. They will often lure you into a fake online store that looks official, but is only there to collect your contact details. One sure- fire way for detecting a scam coupon is an unbelievably incredible offer (with a promise that they will forward your coupon to you later).
Does a coupon offer sound too good to be true? Yep. It probably is.
The best sites for coupons
The best place to find coupons? You can use a search engine to simply enter "brand name + coupon codes" and return hundreds of sites. But again (as above) watch out for scammers.
A much safer way is to go directly to trusted sources that verify each coupon code from retailers, Some of them even offer star-rated user reviews:
Also check out PC Magazine's guide on how to find online coupon codes with additional resources for finding top sites that offer coupon codes from popular brand names and online stores.
Finally, don't forget Amazon coupons. The retail giant has its own page for coupons that you can apply to selected Amazon purchases and listed by Most Popular, Prime-exclusive, and by category. Copy and paste the promo codes at checkout for additional savings up to 25% and more.
Don't overlook "old fashioned' printable coupons
The printable coupons you find online are still a great way to save as well. Many offers include coupons that you can print at home and take with you to shop at your favorite department store or your local outlet mall to cash in on the savings.
And, even after you're done shopping, the deals aren't over yet! Mail-in rebate offers that come with many products are also easy to find online. Print the rebate form and send it off to get
money back in the mail. You may even find a few offers for free samples for products you use or have been thinking of trying.
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