Tuesday, April 17, 2012, AM | 1 Comment
In the age of Internet and the availability of almost everything online, vendors still send newspaper fliers to household across the country. Businesses online have come along way and I am sure coupons and discounts will continue to flourish in the seemingly unlimited landscape of the Internet.
Newspaper fliers are fine, but a good thing about online is that you can customize your coupons such as on Twitter and in your e-mail in-box.
Recently, the daily deal market may have lost some of its strength after the initial excitement a few years ago. However, by all accounts the state of the online market for discounts and coupons is quite strong today.
Using online coupon sites can sometimes easily slash $10 off each drugstore bill and $20 off clothing purchases.
You have to be very careful with coupons. Many folks spend more and buy stuff unnecessarily that they don’t need in the first place but they buy them just because they have coupons for the items.
In any case, the following are a few websites that can help you in budgeting your buying process and enjoy some items that you were not able to buy without coupons.
ScoutMob adds a little twist to daily-deal sites. No payment is necessary until you present the coupon, displayed on your phone as a text, e-mail or on Scoutmob’s app at checkout, so there’s no risk that you will buy a coupon and never cash it in.
When you subscribe to Google Offers, they will email you deal from a great business in your town. When you purchase deals directly through Google Offers site, they will send you a confirmation email with a link to your voucher.
When you subscribe to Groupon, it will send you deals for a business in your hometown or close by. I was a member for about 6 months but the coupons were expensive and were irrelevant to my taste.
LivingSocial offer about 50% off everything from pizza to Pilates classes.
The website states…
LivingSocial is the online source for discovering valuable local experiences. We inspire our members to find, share, and enjoy the best of their neighborhoods by connecting them with handpicked local businesses.
Get coupon codes at CouponCabin, Coupon Sherpa and RetailMeNot. Find the best deals by following those sites on Twitter or signing up for their e-mail alerts.
According to CouponSherpa, the website has hundreds of stores and thousands of coupon codes. When you click on the link, the site displays Today’s Top 20 Coupons. So visiting the site everyday, you would see a list of 20 coupons on a dialy basis.
RetailMeNot allows you to search for savings from your favorite stores. Always look for deals among the Today’s top coupons.
SaveLocal is the recent entry in the market of coupons and discounts. Email marketing service provider Constant Contact has launched SaveLocal which aims at improving the current daily deal market.
In a Nutshell
Register for e-mail or Twitter alerts at your favorite stores to receive insider-only promotions. Look at the merchandise and see if you absolutely need it. Once you decide to use the coupons, see if you can afford it. Otherwise, you would be spending more and saving less.