If you grew up in the era before the internet, you may recall a lot of paper lying around. You might have seen a good deal of it on your living room floor while you and your mother were sitting down, going through magazines and newspapers to find coupons for anything and everything. You may even have been told to clip coupons for items that were of no interest to your family because your mother enjoyed getting together with her friends for coupon trading parties. Filing away the coupons carefully might not have meant that they wouldn’t be forgotten before going to the supermarket.
Paper coupons were fine then and they saved households some money, although you may also recall how your mother would make her way through busy supermarkets with kids in tow, a full shopping cart and little pieces of paper flying here and there.
I remember going to the store with my mother and her blue folder that was filled with coupons, all organized by date.
Fortunately, while you can still find plenty of paper promotions at your local supermarket, there is a more convenient way of using a new generation of coupons.
How To Find Online Coupons
Online promotions are popular, but not enough people actually use them. They still remain as one of the best money saving tips you can find, because you can be proactive and look for things you want to buy knowing you can save money with a coupon you already have. Coupon critics may argue that you could end up spending more money than you expected if the coupon gives you an idea to buy something, and of course, self-discipline is required when looking through promotions. However, using coupons online can help prevent this from happening, because you can look for a coupon after you find an item, rather than vice versa.
When you are shopping online, you may notice that you can make transactions more quickly and easily than ever before. This may seem more convenient, but there are some drawbacks. Purchasing in a few clicks makes impulse buys more likely. In addition, you may feel rushed to finish the transaction rather than searching for deals and promotions.
When you have found an item you like and have placed it in your shopping cart, open up another window in your browser and look for coupons for that item. If you are not taken directly to the promotion you are looking for, you might be on a promotion site where you can look through categories. See if you can find the item you want to purchase on the coupon site. If you don’t find it, you can look for similar products that will help you save money, and you prevented yourself from paying too much with instant checkout.
There are scams everywhere, and that includes the world of coupons. When you go to a coupons site, look for signs that it is legitimate. Some fake promotions websites will try to steal your information in exchange for phony coupons. They will offer promotions for discontinued or free items. Check that the coupon has an expiration date and was issued by a company. Beware of overly aggressive tactics to get you information. “Let the buyer beware,” also applies to coupon users.
Also, be careful when clicking around on some coupon sites. I’ve noticed that some blend in advertisements to look like coupons. When you click on them, you are redirected to another site. There is no coupon, the website just tricked you into clicking on an ad so they make money.
At the end of the day, saving money by using coupons is still smart. The only thing that has changed is that coupons have moved into a more digital world, just like the rest of us. Don’t be left out by not taking advantage of digital coupons and start saving some money today!