Your Money Matters: Online couponing tips from Regina Novickis
Do crack the code.
If you ignore the promotional code box featured on a retailer’s check out page, you could miss out on big savings. To find a code, go to sites like PromotionalCodes.com and CouponWinner.com, which organize thousands of online coupons for retailers like Target, Macy’s, Home Depot, HP, Travelocity, 1-800 Flowers and more. The sites aggregate codes by category, store name and holiday deals to help you to save time and money when looking for a specific offer. Bookmark the sites to make it even easier to check back on a regular basis since the sites update deals on a daily basis.
Do stack codes.
Some retailers allow you to use more than one coupon or code on the same offer. For instance, Target (online) allows shoppers to use a $5 off promotional code, coupled with a free shipping code. You can also use a promotional code with a sale or clearance item to maximize savings.
Do buy more to save more.
Many curb spending to try to save. While this is generally good advice, when using promotional codes, purchasing more may qualify you for a better savings value like $30 off $100. In this case, combine your shopping and buy multiple items from the same retailer to benefit from the discount, or ask a friend or family member to jump in on the purchase so you don’t miss out on the savings.
Do engage in social media.
Follow your favorite retailer or promotional code website on Facebook or Twitter to get instant updates on the latest promotions and exclusive codes. Promotional code websites often tweet or post status updates about their best current offers.
Don’t be committed to a certain brand.
Going off brand can mean saving. Stores are competing for consumer dollars these days, and many competitors are offering similar items. If you’re committing to a certain brand, you may be missing out on big savings.
Don’t pay for coupons!
This might be a sign that a website is untrustworthy. There are plenty of promotional code aggregator sites that don’t require you to sign up or pay to access coupon codes. Coupons were created to save you money and shouldn’t cost you anything to use.
Don’t give out personal information.
These days we need to think about protecting ourselves from identity theft. Be conscious of the type of information you’re being asked to provide. When looking for deals, if you want to enter an email address to get special offers sent directly to your inbox, feel free to do so if you trust the site. But you shouldn’t be required to enter anything beyond that, and even entering your email address should be optional.
Don’t forget to read the fine print.
Expiration dates, minimum order size and certain exclusions may affect how you use the promotional codes.