The increase in the number of people buying stuff online led to the boom of internet entrepreneurs making use of coupons and online promotions to increase their market share. Due to this phenomenon, a slew of websites dedicated to web codes/coupons are also on the rise. Websites such as RetailMeNot.com (personal favorite), SmartSource.com, dealcatcher.com, bargainist.com and bradsdeals.com are just one of the many websites offering free web codes/coupons for local grocery stores and even big international shops.
I have used RetailMeNot.com coupons in purchasing this domain from namecheap.com and saved 2 US dollars. Hostgator.com also offered its own coupons which I used to avail of their webhosting service that saved me around 16 US dollars. RetailMeNot.com is my personal favorite because of the dedicated community that makes the site stand out. Users indicate whether a discount code/coupon worked for them or not, helping shoppers quickly weed out the bad deals. They also add comments pointing out when a code/coupon last worked, or whether it has any strings attached, this makes RetailMeNot.com pretty reliable. My wife also availed of dealcatcher.com coupons when she shopped online for some Bath and Body Works lotions and Victoria’s Secret stuff. But aside from web coupons, there are some websites that also include “Printable” coupons which you can print and show to the cashier or clerk. Make sure to call the store and verify whether they accept the coupon before going there to avoid those embarrassing/frustrating scenarios.
How to look for the right web code/coupon
First of all, we need to establish that the right web coupon basically means it’s the coupon that saves us the most amount of money or has the best deal (best combination of freebies and discounts) and that it actually works. The surest method for this is to look for web codes/coupons offered by the online stores themselves. To do this, simply go to the website and look for links with words such as “deals”, “promotions”, “sale”, “coupons”, “discounts” and even holiday names e.g. “President’s Day promo” or “Memorial Day Sale”. Big Sales are usually splashed on the front page so you won’t be able to miss it. If you still fail to see any promotions on the website then it’s time to open your favorite web browser and type in the “store name or website” plus the word “coupon” e.g. bath and body works coupon.
Using the coupon
Now that you have your web code/coupon, don’t forget to use it. These are usually inputted at the order screen or on the checkout screen. So if you have arrived at the billing portion of the online transaction with a breakdown of the transaction cost and you have not yet used your web code/coupon or you don’t see the discount then STOP. You would need to go back and double check each transaction page to make sure you have inputted the web code correctly.
I hope that this article helped you save some much needed money in your online shopping.