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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.

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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.)


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.

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.


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.)

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."


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.


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.