How to Use Online Coupons
Posted on Thursday, May 28th, 2009 at 3:12 pm
Using online links and online coupons is a great way to save money. I thought I would put together some tips on using online coupons in case you are new to online coupons or just want to review some advice on getting the most out of online savings.
When shopping online, there are two ways to take advantage of online coupons. You may already know which store or product that you want to purchase. Search for coupon links and coupon codes according to the store brand. You’ll often find free shipping deals as well as percentages or dollars off your general purchase. You can also browse through current lists of coupon deals to see if there are any hot promotions. Many times you can find limited time offers, such as free products, free gift cards or even 80 percent off deals that only last for a day or two. This is helpful if you have an idea of what you want but aren’t sure exactly where or when to shop.
There are two ways to get a discount with online coupons. The first is by using a coupon code. You simply enter the coupon code when you are checking out at the online store to get the deal. There are also “silent” coupons or coupon links. The coupon gets activated when you click on a special link. You may not see any acknowledgment of the coupon until you put an item in your cart or start to check out of the online store.
Check if multiple coupons or offers can be used in one purchase. Being able to combine or stack coupon codes and deals can give you the best savings. For example, you may be able to combine a free shipping code with a 10 percent off code. Stores that allow stacking will allow you to enter multiple codes or combine a coupon link with a coupon code. I try to alert everyone to stacking deals in the FreeCoupons blog when I find them.
Sometimes coupon codes and deals expire unexpectedly. It may because a lot of people have taken advantage of the deal and the store has reached its limit. Or sometimes the store will make a mistake and give a bigger discount than they intended. So if you see a deal that you really want, jump on it quickly. Verify that you got the deal when you are checking out in case it didn’t apply.
You can’t use a coupon or coupon code after you have checked out. In other words, you can’t apply a coupon to a previous purchase. So make sure that you search for codes before you finalize your checkout process.