Does anyone remember when the grocery store would send out flyers full of coupons for you to clip out and bring with you to the store? I remember those times, when one would look through different flyers to find the best deals, and physically clipping them out with scissors to bring with them to give to the cashier at the store.
The Internet has changed coupons
These days, this sort of coupon clipping seems a lot less common. The flyers now advertise what’s on special, and there is no need to bring a coupon in order to get these discounts. Some stores don’t even run specials and just try to have the lowest average prices. However, coupons are still prevalent, if you know where to look for them. With the advent of the Internet and online shopping, the use of coupons has actually exploded in the form of promo codes entered on a website. These coupons are copied and pasted using the mouse instead of scissors.
With the thousands of different sites on the Internet, it would be a little difficult to find a coupon to use. Thankfully, there are sites such as Groupon and Dealtaker, and for Canadians there is also Red Flag Deals. My girlfriend personally loves to use these sites to search for the deals of the day, and often uses them to get free samples of products delivered to our door, or just to find discounts for things that we purchase all of the time.
Saving money with coupons and promo codes
I am not as much of a coupon addict as she is; for her, it is a lot of fun and she genuinely enjoys it. For me, coupon hunting can be a bit of a chore if it’s for everyday items. On the other hand, I am happy to get a deal when the item is more expensive and if a deal is easy to find. Many online shopping carts have a special field where you can enter a promo code (such as a Scan Café Promo Code), and sometimes, a quick search on one of these coupon websites will turn up a code for you to use and save some money with.
The advantages of doing this online are that you don’t have to waste time physically clipping coupons out and bringing them with you to different stores. With the extra gas and time, you could end up spending more money if you use coupons in this way. On the other hand, when you use coupons online to save money on goods that are delivered to your doorstep, or even to save money at places you would shop at anyways (thereby avoiding the need to drive to different stores), then the savings can add up.
So, reader, are you a coupon… addict? 😛 I don’t think I am, but I will use promo codes when buying stuff online. My girlfriend on the other hand genuinely enjoys searching out these free deals, and I think it’s been over a year since I had to buy a razor. 😛
Disclosure: I was compensated for the time it took to write this post.