Make saving a cinch with online coupons

Everyone wants a little extra money in their pockets–I mean who doesn’t? But it seems that hanging on to your money is getting harder with the rising prices and your money not stretching like it once did. So for those savvy shoppers who are tired of clipping coupons, we have the solution–online coupon sites. Not only are online coupon sites easier to navigate, but you can have coupons sent to your email, or even your phone which means you can save time and money. So if you want to give online coupons a try, we have everything you need to know to make saving a cinch!

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Do a quick Google search for online coupon sites, and you’ll be bombarded with options. There are differences among them, so do your homework before you select a site.

1Nix membership fees

What’s the point of spending time looking up coupons if you have to pay a hefty membership fee to join an online coupon site? Plenty of online coupon sites are free of charge, so there’s really no need to frequent one that isn’t. Many free sites offer the opportunity to sign up for discount updates sent straight to your email, as well as access to additional opportunities such as specific weekly savings at stores in your area. Couponmom.com offers a full coupon database to members, which includes online coupons.

Quick TipIf you don’t want your regular inbox stuffed with coupons, create a separate email account specifically for savings.

2Smart shopping

Peruse the coupon sites and your store’s mailer before you make your grocery list, as they could inspire your menu for the week. Try to create your grocery list based on the coupons available and sale items. If you’re looking for something specific, check a few online coupon site including the brand’s own site before giving in to paying full price.

3Beyond the basekt

Online coupon sites provide opportunities to trim costs on everyday things from restaurants to yoga classes in addition to your grocery basket. Some sites also provide savings opportunities at drug stores and discount stores like Walmart. If you are one of those try-it-before-you-buy-it types, some online coupon sites offer free samples of products like diapers, OTC drugs and dog food.

4Check the expiration date

Just because it’s an online coupon doesn’t mean it will last forever. Some coupons don’t have an expiration date but some do, so check before you check out!

5Use coupons in collaboration

Once you’ve gathered all of your online coupons, ramp up your savings by paying close attention to your store’s in-house coupons, automatic rebates and sales.

6Online coupon sites unite!

The great thing about many of the online coupon sites is that they are in cahoots with one another–so one coupon site could lead you to another that can offer additional savings opportunities.

7There’s an app for that

Coupons can even come by way of your smart phone. iPhone’s Coupon Sherpa is a free app that sends you coupons and allows you to create a list of store faves; the coupons can be scanned by optical scanners as well. BlackBerry’s MobiQpons sends coupons to your phone from all kinds of places within a 10-mile radius of your home.

8Quit clipping

Forget clipping coupons or even printing them out from your computer. Instead, check out sites that allow you to load electronic coupons to your grocery store loyalty card. The discounts will be deducted automatically from your total at the register when you check out, and unused coupons that you load are good until they expire–saving big is easier than you thought!

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