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Online Coupons: Don't Shop Without 'Em!

I rarely, if ever, make an online purchase without using a coupon code. I'd be a fool not too, considering how easy they are to find and redeem. That's why I was surprised to read a recent article on Yahoo! Finance titled, "In Lean Times, Online Coupons Catching On." Catching on? Doesn't everyone use online coupons? Well, in case I have some readers who are not coupon-code savvy—perhaps some recessionistas who are new to the Budget Babe fold—I figured I'd share some tips for making the most out of these money-saving gems.

How to find coupon codes: Do a quick Google search for the name of the store at which you're shopping and the word "coupon." Click through a couple of the search results to compare deals and hone in on the one that's best for your purchase.
If at first you don't succeed: Try, try again. Sometimes you'll enter an invalid or expired coupon code, but don't dismay. Usually if you try a couple codes, you'll find one that works. Obviously you don't want to waste tons of time, but don't give up after one failed attempt.
"Stack" coupons: Sometimes you can use multiple codes for one purchase, which is usually difficult to do in brick-n-mortar stores (although somehow my Mom always manages to do this!)
Know your favorite coupon code sites: Amidst a sea of coupon code sites, here are a few that truly stand out.

Take it to the next level: I have not personally tried FatWallet.com or Ebates, but these sites offer cash back on purchases if you sign up, sign in and then click through to a retailer.

Comments
Thank you so much for the tip! I've never used coupons for my favorite sites before--I never even knew you could! Excellent. :-)
#1 Ari (Homepage) on 2008-12-09 08:52 (Reply)
I know thats right! We all need a little help absorbing those shipping fees
#2 budget chic (Homepage) on 2008-12-09 09:05 (Reply)
I never shop online without a coupon either- I usually do a search with the store name and the term promo code- although you wanna hear what stinks? Lord and Taylor NEVER has a promo code you can find online... those stinkers... I tried looking for a long time once, and nada....
#3 Peaches on 2008-12-09 09:48 (Reply)
Great tips and post. I also try to look for the free shipping deals b/c they can be a killer. Free shipping makes you feel like you walked into the store and bought it-no worries!
#4 Real Style Real people (Homepage) on 2008-12-09 09:49 (Reply)
Great tips! Coupon codes are awesome, but it's hard to find good sites that offer ones you'd actually use, at least for me. I wish more places would offer free shipping or at least cheaper shipping to Canada! C'mon, we're your neighbours!
#5 MizzJ (Homepage) on 2008-12-09 13:01 (Reply)
Just be careful - I once used an online coupon for Petco and somehow got myself enrolled in a reward program that charged me $10/month for 3 months before I noticed. Always read the fine prints!
#6 Mils on 2008-12-09 13:16 (Reply)
Sweet! The only one of those I'd heard of was RetailMeNot ... I'll bookmark the rest of these for sure.
#7 Sal (Homepage) on 2008-12-09 15:10 (Reply)
Also, sign up for mypoints.com. Basically you log in through them, find the retailer you want to shop at and for every dollar you spend you get a certain amount of points. You can later redeem those points for gift cards. You're already spending the money, might as well make it work for you =)
#8 Rachelle on 2008-12-09 17:50 (Reply)
FatWallet is a great resource, not just for shopping, but also for travel deals. I love that site and the forums.
#9 Jubilance (Homepage) on 2008-12-10 08:24 (Reply)
I ALWAYS use Ebates - I have received almost $600 back in just a couple of years for shopping - doesn't get much better than that :-)
#10 EllaBrody on 2008-12-11 08:19 (Reply)
Besides ebates.com (highly recommend), fatwallet.com (way too complicated, mypoints.com (heard they were a rip off) -- try myluckyrewards.com (highly recommend).
#11 Debby on 2008-12-11 08:32 (Reply)
Yes yes, cyber Monday opened my eyes to the world of online coupons and now I feel like I can't shop without them!

Here's another goodie I came across.
www.shopthelook.net
Use coupon code VP08PREVIEW and save 30% on your entire order of fashion jewelry, scarves, and hair accessories. Free shipping over order of $50
#12 Jacqui on 2008-12-11 11:36 (Reply)
Another really good site to check out is ZingSale.com

http://www.zingsale.com

Its a free web site that helps you save money when shopping online by alerting you via email when your favorite products go on sale. All you do is enter in the product you want and how much your willing to pay. Then ZingSale searches each day looking for a sale. If it finds one it sends you an email with a link to where you can buy it at the discounted price!
#13 chris (Homepage) on 2008-12-11 12:12 (Reply)
My prefered coupon site is retailmenot, but i find good coupon in other sites: couponmountain webbyplanet, couponcabin.
#14 arry (Homepage) on 2009-01-03 08:57 (Reply)
In the trying economy we are now struggling in, you have to shop online with coupons more than ever. Check out couponcrib for thousands of online coupons.
#15 Greg (Homepage) on 2009-01-30 22:44 (Reply)
I see I'm a little late to this conversation but I just wanted to say that I have had nothing but trouble with myluckyrewards.com. From rewards not being posted to checks being delayed and delayed, it has a most frustrating experience. Ebates is fantastic in comparision and though they sometimes offer a slightly less percentage back at least you can rely on them. After all what good is an extra 2% back if you never actually receive the check??
#16 a on 2009-04-03 20:37 (Reply)
Wow, there are some incredibly good sites listed here, thank you. I didn't see, or maybe just missed, my two favorites http://www.restaurant.com and http://www.couponandcodes.com. Restaurant.com has wonderful deals and couponandcodes.com seems to find anything I search for. Anyhow, thanks again. - Tom http://www.acleaningbid.com
#17 T Anthony on 2009-05-04 12:04 (Reply)
Another great site that hasn't been mentioned yet is http://www.dealcolossus.com/

It has a "Deal of the Moment" that is updated throughout the day.
#18 DC (Homepage) on 2009-05-17 23:43 (Reply)
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#19 gopideals (Homepage) on 2009-06-09 07:16 (Reply)
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