Back to Basics: Couponing and Saving Online
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Back to Basics: Couponing and Saving Online

Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 8:00 am
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Online CouponYou may be surprised, but couponing doesn’t only happen when you’re grocery shopping or shopping in-store. In fact, there are plenty of online resources for couponing and saving that you may not even know about!

1. Amazon Coupons

Pretty much everyone that has ever used the internet has heard of Amazon. What not so many of you know about is their coupons. Yep, Amazon has their own set of coupons! Amazon has coupons for household items like toilet paper, food items like V8 Juice, and even discounts on items like wireless routers! When using Amazon coupons you’ll have to “clip” them by selecting them before your purchase. Once you’re ready to checkout your discount will be applied to your purchase. Remember to check if any restrictions apply to your purchase before making it final.

2. Coupon Codes, Promo Codes, and Newsletters 

If you’re doing some online shopping at a specific online store (like Kohl’s or Macy’s) we suggest you check out our Coupon Code section on the site. There you’ll find ways to save even when you’re shopping online. These offers may come in the form of promo codes or coupon codes which are words or combinations of words and letters that you enter before you checkout. Keep in mind that in our Coupon Code section you’ll also find ways to save by signing up for store email newsletters. Not only will some stores give you an online discount for signing up, but you’ll also receive exclusive content and sales for being a loyal reader.

3. Cash Back Sites

Cash back sites should be your last resort in regards to saving online. If you can’t find coupons, promo codes, and you don’t want to buy an item used, using cash back sites will give you a certain percentage of your purchase back in either cash or points that can be redeemed for gift cards. Some great examples include Ebates and Swagbucks. With Ebates you create an account and click on your favorite stores that have a relationship with Ebates. For example, if you love shopping at JcPeneny you can get 6% cash back!

Another option for being rewarded for shopping, which has more earning options than just cash back, is Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a system that rewards you for completing certain activities or shopping at certain online stores. Once you’ve completed a particular activity or shopped at a participating online store, you’ll be given a certain amount of Swagbucks which can be redeemed for gift cards to your favorite stores.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.