How To Coupon In The 21st Century

No need to spend hours clipping, sorting, and checking out with flimsy pieces of paper — you can save tons of money with basically no effort at all.

2. Before ordering something, make an account that claims your birthday is that day.

A lot of places will offer you a discount. (This Reddit thread also offers advice on how to make a vanishing email account to sustain all that deception.)

3. When shopping online, try leaving your items in your cart for a couple of days.

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According to Reddit, there’s a chance the retailer will email you offering a discount.

(Or you’ll just get creepy emails like this.)

4. Buy plane tickets on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. for the lowest prices.

Because airlines typically post sales late on Mondays, their competitors will have noticed and tried to outmatch them by this time. But act fast, because they tend to disappear in a matter of days. And make sure to clear your cache and cookies between searches, because otherwise original prices might display in lieu of newer, cheaper ones.

5. Tingo helps you find cheap hotel rates and then tracks the price of wherever you reserve after the fact, offering a refund if it drops further.

6. Sites like RetailMeNot offer discount codes for all kinds of stores.

You can find everything from free shipping to deep discounts on mainstream retailers like Target, Urban Outfitters, and Domino’s, including some printable coupons you can use in-store as well as online. There’s also an app available for iPhone and Android. Basically, don’t buy anything from the internet without first checking this site to see if you can get it for cheaper.

7. PoachIt allows you to track prices on stuff you want over time, and also provides valid coupon codes.

They notify you if/when something goes on sale, and their website is populated with very adorable drawings of eggs.

8. Change-of-address packets at the post office contain a ton of home improvement coupons.

Of course, this is pretty sticky in re: ethics if you are not in fact moving, so let your moral compass be your guide.

9. Key Ring combines all of your customer loyalty cards in one convenient place.

So much better than struggling to remember which email address your Sephora VIB card is attached to.

10. If you live in a city and are remotely interested in saving money, you’ve already signed up for Groupon and/or LivingSocial.

And if for some reason you haven’t, get pumped for more 80%-off laser hair-removal and two-for-one California rolls than you can shake a stick at. Be mindful, though, of claims that these types of business models can be harmful to small businesses, and that customers may be less satisfied with their purchases. And that 60% off tantric beer-brewing classes might seem like a great deal, but it’s not *necessarily* something you would have thought to buy in the first place.

(Also it should go without saying, but if you’re paying someone for a service, always tip on the original price.)

11. And even if your Groupon expires, know that you’re still entitled to the amount you paid for it.

So, according to this article, “if you spend $20 for a $40 Groupon to a restaurant, and your Groupon expires, you still have $20 in credit to use at the restaurant.”

12. Know the difference between manufacturer and store coupons.

Manufacturer coupons can generally be used in any store (although policies may vary), while store coupons are limited to that one establishment. And often, you can combine both types for maximum savings.

13. If you’re emailed coupons or find them online, screenshot them on your phone and keep them in an album.

Just delete them when they’re used or expired.

14. SnipSnap is an app that allows you to upload printed coupons to your phone.

 

It fine-tunes the barcode so that it can be scanned at virtually any store (and includes tips on whether that store will be willing to accept such newfangled technology).

15. Sites like Couponing 101 round up deals at nationwide stores.

So you don’t need to go digging through newspapers to find discounts at stores like Whole Foods or CVS. The Krazy Coupon Lady provides the same service, as her name belies.

16. r/coupons is useful, timely resource as well.

Fresh pork + Uncrustables = breakfast of champions.

17. Foursquare offers tons of discounts and specials at local establishments.

According to Lili Salzberg, BuzzFeed’s community moderator, “Foursquare is great for reasons other than letting everyone know how to stalk you. At a lot of cool places, you get special deals like free drinks or appetizers if you check in. I often use it to meet friends at fancy bars and never end up paying for a drink because I have checked in. You can’t be too picky, because it is free, but it is usually pretty nice! One time, I even got free tequila shots.” Yelp provides similar deals, and some places, like Starbucks, even offer free drinks et cetera to the people who check in the most frequently at a given location.

18. If you’re a Starbucks addict, use the app to pay for your coffee and you can get free rewards.

And you can always just pray that some computer messes up and keeps you in free stuff for the rest of your earthly days.

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