How often do you use coupon codes when you make purchases online? Often? Sometimes? Rarely?
If you said “often”, then good for you! You already know that coupon codes are easy to come by and come in especially handy if you are making a big-ticket purchase, such as a computer, which is an investment that can cost quite a bit of money. If you said “sometimes” or “rarely”, don’t worry- I have a few tips for how you can find and use coupon codes to start saving money on your online orders.
Since I mentioned computers, let’s use it as an example for the rest of this post. The beauty about shopping online is the fact that you are not obligated to pay retail or listed prices- so long as you are a savvy shopper. A quick search on your favorite search engine for a phrase like “company or product name + coupon code” (where “company or product name” is replaced with whatever you are looking for) will usually bring up countless websites with coupon codes. There are plenty of free websites for coupon codes, so don’t get suckered into paying for coupon codes. Instead of using a search engine, another option is to go directly to a website that specializes in gathering coupon codes, such as BestOnlineCoupons.com, and search for what you’re looking for on there.
If you are looking for Dell computers, for example, try typing in Dell coupons or Dell coupon codes to see what codes are currently available. Once you find Dell coupons that you want to use, copy and paste the code, visit the website, and paste it at check-out to get your discount.
From experience, here are two things to keep in mind about using coupon codes:
- Some websites, like Victoria’s Secret, allow you to use multiple coupon codes (“tiered discounts”, “tiered coupons” or “combinable coupons”) so there is the potential to save a lot of money or get some freebies with your order. Try out a few different ones to see what gets you the most bang for your buck.
- If there are multiple codes available, don’t go with what you initially THINK might be the best offer. If your order is $100 and you use a “free shipping” coupon code, you might only be saving a few bucks. If you use a 10% off your order” coupon code, you will save $10. Try a few out when you are at the check-out page before finalizing your order.