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Sick of paying full price for…well… anything? Of all the wonderful things the internet has given us, coupon sites rank in at least the top five.
Who doesn’t love saving a little (or sometimes a lot) of cash? According to Statista, studies estimate that 81.7% of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 rank discounts and coupons as very important or important when considering online purchases. 74.5% of adults between 30-39 and 80.5% of adults between 40-49 agree.
Fortunately, stores and marketers know what their customers want, and there are plenty of deals to be had. Check out this list of the best coupon websites that can save you money.
Groupon is a locally optimized coupon site that allows users to search deals in their neighborhood.
There are several categories of coupons including:
- Local: These include spa, dining, salon, and other neighborhood coupons
- Getaways: These coupons include travel deals in nearby or exotic locations
- GrouponLive Events: This includes deals on concerts, plays, sporting events, and other live events
- Goods: This category includes deals on products that can be shipped to your home
- Groupon+: Link your credit card to Groupon and earn cash back when you use it at participating restaurants.
Sample deals you might find include 67% off tanning, 31% off entrance to the Spartan Race, and 40% off an oil change.
Coupons are sent electronically. Once you purchase a Groupon using a credit or debit card, you’ll receive an email confirming the purchase. Sometimes you may receive an order-processing or pending email. This happens if it’s a popular deal and a lot of orders come in at once. Most customers receive their coupon in their Groupons account within two hours.
Each deal has specific requirements for redeeming (a minimum purchase, printed receipt, or expiration date). These requirements are listed under “How to Use” with each coupon.
Notes: Make sure you read the fine print before purchasing. Some deals have expiration dates or other requirements you may want to know about before purchasing.
Going on vacation? Check Groupon for the area you’re visiting to save a little extra cash on dining and entertainment.
Rakuten (formerly Ebates) offers a different type of coupon deal.
First, shoppers register an account with Rakuten. Once you’re ready to shop, click on a “cash back” link while logged in and shop as normal. The store confirms your purchase and pays the coupon site a commission for sending you their way.
Rakuten then sends you part of that commission to your account as “cash back.” You’ll receive your payments via PayPal or check every three months.
Rakuten does not charge membership fees or limit the amount of cash back you can accrue.
Ways to earn cash-back rewards include:
- Refer-a-friend: Members can earn referral bonuses when a friend uses their referral link to sign up and makes a purchase using Rakuten within 12 months.
- CashBack Button: Users can install the Rakuten button (extension) so they can earn cash back even without logging onto the website. The button drops down deals at any store you’re visiting. Just click and start earning while you shop.
- In-Store Cash Back: Link a card to your account, activate coupons for stores you’re shopping in, and earn cash back when you use the same credit card you have on file in store.
Samples of deals you can find on Ebates include 12% cash back at PetCareRX, $20 Cash Back at Hello Fresh, and 10% from Orbitz.
Before you buy: If you use coupons with a purchase you link to Rakuten and those coupons are not listed, you may not qualify for cash back.
Swagbucks is a point-earning system that allows internet users to earn points by completing surveys, watching videos, and playing games. It also doubles as one of our favorite coupon sites.
Swagbucks also allows you to earn points (which are redeemable for gift cards) by shopping. The points are referred to as SB. When you shop using Swagbucks, you’re awarded a certain percentage of your purchase price, which you can then redeem for gift cards (including PayPal cash cards).
To redeem a coupon on Swagbucks, click on the deal you’re interested in. When you click on the deal, a page will pop up that explains the terms. Once here, click on the “Shop Now” button to be taken directly to the store site.
Your cash-back coupon is automatically applied. It can take between 32-75 days from the date of purchase for your points to be awarded. However, the points should show as pending within 5 days.
Once you’ve accumulated enough points you can trade them in for gift cards or PayPal cash cards. You can find out more details in our Swagbucks review.
Types of coupons you might see on Swagbucks include:
- Earn 1SB per $1 at Shop Disney
- Earn 10Sb per $1 at Amazon
- Save up to 70% off LivingSocial PLUS earn 4% cash back
- Earn up to 11SB per $1 at Walmart
- Earn 8SB per $1 at Expedia
Before you buy: Keep in mind that Swagbucks has the right to request that you submit a receipt for proof of purchase. I’ve never had that happen, but it’s in the terms of service. Additionally, if you return your purchases, your Swagbucks would be taken away accordingly.
LivingSocial is similar to Groupon in terms of format. This isn’t surprising since Groupon bought out LivingSocial in 2016. T
There are several categories of deals, including:
- LivingSocial Escapes: Save money on hotel stays and travel around the world
- Local: Find deals at local restaurants, spas, and other businesses in your community
- LivingSocial Events: Save money on concert tickets and sporting events in your neighborhood
- LivingSocial Shop: Save money on products and have it shipped to your home from LivingSocial
Sample deals you could find on LivingSocial include 56% off a wireless charging pad, 70% off personal training classes, and an eight-day Paris and Rome Vacation for $699.
You can purchase LivingSocial deals on the website. Before purchasing, you can view detailed information about any coupon by reading “The Deal Snapshot.” Many deals are available only for a limited time, so make sure to keep an eye on deals that interest you so it doesn’t disappear on you.
Your coupon should show up in your LivingSocial account within minutes, although some more popular deals can take a few hours to process.
Did you know Amazon has pages of coupons? They feature deals on everything from diapers to school supplies and electronics.
The coupon site is easy to read and easy to use.
If you’re planning to make a purchase from Amazon, head to the coupon page first and use the search bar to find out if there are any deals on products you plan on getting anyway.
After a quick perusal of a few pages, I saw deals like:
- Save 15% on an iPhone case
- Save $3.00 on Charmin toilet paper
- Take $200 off a massage chair
- Save up to 30% on a dash cam
- Save up to $3.00 on a pack of Venus razors
Each coupon has a “clip coupon” button at the bottom. To redeem the coupon, simply click that button and the discount will be added to your cart. When you click to clip the coupon, a screen will pop up allowing you to add the item to your cart right then, so you can continue shopping without interruption.
Amazon does have some coupons exclusive to Prime members, and all coupons are offered for a limited time.
SlickDeals is a mixture of the other coupon sites we’ve featured so far. The site offers coupons and deals. A deal is a discounted price, whereas the coupons include a printable voucher or code you can use to make a purchase.
Deals are featured by popularity, so deals with a lot of activity will make the front page. The site also includes featured deals at the top.
At the time of publication, some of the most popular deals include:
- A four-pack of Echo Dot Smart Speakers for $60
- 32GB Amazon Fire HD for $80 or less
- 75-80% off all clearance at The Children’s Place
- 30% off your purchase at Kohl’s
- A $25 Fandango gift card for $20
To redeem a deal, click on the offer that catches your interest. You’ll see a page that outlines the specifics including any exclusions or other requirements. If you’re still interested, click “See Deal.” You should now be on the merchant’s page, where you can shop as usual.
To redeem a coupon code, click on the coupon you like and then ” Get Code.” Copy the code. You can paste it into the checkout at the merchant offering the discount code.
A few things to know before you go: If you’re using an ad blocker, you may have to pause it to access all of the deals. Plus, occasionally, you’ll run into a coupon code that has expired.
Some coupon options you have on RetailMeNot include:
- Online cash-back offers
- In-store cash-back offers
- RX Saver
- Gift cards
Some of the online offers include a coupon code. Just copy the code and paste it into the promo code box on the merchant’s website.Some coupons don’t have a code. In that case, simply click on “Get Deal.” The link will take you to the merchant page where you can finish your purchase.
If you find an in-store coupon, you can print, text, or e-mail the offer. Having a copy of the coupon on hand is a good idea since some stores require that you present it at check out. You can also use the RetailMeNot app in the store.
Deals I spotted on the site include 30% off a regular priced pizza at Papa John’s, 20% off one item in-store at Bed, Bath & Beyond, and 20% off one select regular priced item at BestBuy.
Codes and deals can expire at any time.
If you’re looking for bigger-ticket items, Woot should be your first stop. The site specializes in deals for home, garden, sport, and outdoors. Sometimes you’ll spot a good deal on electronics.
In addition to coupons, the website is full of dry humor, so if you need a chuckle while you shop, you’ll enjoy Woot.
Deals I spotted right away include:
- Netgear Orbi Home Mesh WiFi Security System: $179.99
- 29% off three pairs of lock laces
- 76% off a hydration backpack
- 63% off Whey protein
- 38% off Power Block weight set
The deals on this site run through Amazon, so you’ll need to sign into your Amazon account to complete the purchase. Once you find a deal you like, just click on it and then click “Add to Cart.”
The Bottom Line
I love saving money, but I always seem to forget that these sites exist. If you like any of these sites, make sure to bookmark them so you don’t forget to check them out the next time you need to make an online purchase!
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