Everyone loves saving money, and thankfully there are tons of ways to save some green online. From using lesser-known websites to price haggling, sometimes the most straightforward way to buy something isn’t the cheapest; a little digging can go a long way.
We’ve recently looked at tools that give you various ways to earn cash back, but today we’re going to flip the idea and look at ways to save before money ever leaves your wallet. If you’ve ever seen the boxes that allow you to enter a discount code and been puzzled, you’re in luck. Here are the best websites to check for some sweet discounts.
Probably the king of all coupon websites, RetailMeNot should have a permanent place on any shopper’s bookmark bar. It couldn’t be easier to check a site: simply start typing into their search bar and you’ll see live matches, along with the average savings for that retailer.
Clicking a deal will give you the details you need to apply it to your purchase, and some are site-wide, so you won’t even have to copy and paste anything! To prevent fake codes from creeping up, the site also allows you to vote on a particular coupons or leave a comment. If you spot a something that doesn’t interest you but might be perfect for a friend, you can shoot them an email or text with the link instantly (or just send it to yourself for later and buy it as a gift!).
Looking for a type of item instead of everything from one retailer? Check out the categories page and let the best deals in books, video games, or shoes come to you no matter where they’re from. Don’t be limited to online purchases, either; there are even some printable coupons for food and other items.
There’s no excuse not to jump over to RetailMeNot for just a few seconds before confirming a purchase; they don’t support every website, of course, but why not check? With the newest and verified deals right at the top of the list and an email list with the hottest savings, RetailMeNot is the online shopper’s sidekick.
If RetailMeNot is a quick stop before you buy something, The Krazy Coupon Lady (not associated with Mortal Kombat X, which we’ve reviewed) is a full-featured suite of couponing tools. Those who want to go beyond using the occasional coupon will find plenty here to help them get started, including various ways to save money and even a ten-day guide to become a coupon master. Once you’ve become a sensei of saving, visit the wall of bragging and show others just how much you hauled in on a budget. A YouTube channel rounds things out for those who prefer to follow that way.
Even if you don’t want to take advantage of all these resources, this website still has something for you. Making an account allows you to place deals into your shopping cart for later saving, and even if you aren’t looking for any particular savings, the constant stream of updates on the home page is a worthwhile way to spend a few minutes. Whether you just want to see all the deals that are out there or get some help planning a lifestyle change, The Krazy Coupon Lady is a fantastic resource.
Here’s another all-encompassing website dedicated to saving you every dollar possible. Mom Collin Morgan started Hip2Save after the birth of her first child, which you can learn more about on their intro page as well as in the following extremely open video:
Once you’ve gotten your bearings, you’ll find a ridiculous amount of deals and coupons waiting for you to pick through, from complete freebies to printable coupon alerts to sweepstakes. Of course, you’ll also be able to check out their coupon database holding a wide variety of savings, with easily visible expiration dates and possible limitations.
You’ll also be able to find a practical use for all those cheap groceries with some awesome recipes. Like The Krazy Coupon Lady, you can also check a newbie’s guide for all sorts of tips, jargon, and secrets. In all, Hip2Save is another excellent website for both newcomers and expert couponers alike, complete with free apps for iOS and Android. Don’t miss it!
Of course, these are far from the only coupon websites on the Web. Some honorable mentions include Money Saving Mom, another family focused source of coupons, deals, meal tips, and even some blogging tips. Passion for Savings runs in a similar vein; it’s difficult to find more to say about each of these sites since they’re similar, but be sure to give them all a try to find which one has the best deals and setup for you. Just remember not to go too far; spending money on a deal is still spending, and saving is important!
One special case is the longtime Coupons.com, which is different from all the others in that it allows you to print physical coupons. However, this requires you to install their software, which tries to bundle in a junk toolbar that you don’t need. If you prefer clipping physical coupons and don’t mind installing the software, go ahead and (carefully) use it, but I can’t fully recommend the site due to this lousy behavior.
Now that you know the best places to grab coupons, be sure to check out automatic coupon finders to automate the process. Jessica has also shown how to automate other shopping related activities online to save you time and stress.
What are your favorite coupon websites? Are you a coupon connoisseur, or have these sites piqued your interest to the practice? Let us know in the comments and you could help others save even more!
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