Do you remember when you had to comb the Sunday newspapers to find the best coupons and deals for your shopping for the week?
Things are so much easier now with the Internet, there are dozens of websites and apps dedicated to finding you discounts, whether with printable coupons that you take to the store, or with virtual coupons that you can use online.
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There is even a free site called Paribus that gets you money back automatically on your online purchases when prices drop.
Whatever you’re buying, you could well find that you do not have to pay full price.
Here are 20 of the best coupon sites to check before you go out shopping.
Not exactly a coupon site, but a way to buy things more cheaply.
It’s one of the many cash back sites that truly do save you money.
If you go to a merchant’s website through an eBates link, then eBates can claim an affiliate commission on anything you buy.
This works out for both of you, as eBates will give you some of that commission back. This works out to from 3% to 10% usually, though it can be as high as 40%.
They list more than 1000 stores that you can buy from, and get cash back.
Even if you can’t find a coupon for what you want, this system guarantees that you will pay less than full price for whatever you buy.
Where better to go look for coupons than on coupons.com, an easy to remember name for the provider of the greatest number of digital coupons in America.
There are literally thousands of deals for virtually anything you want to buy, including household goods, groceries, clothes, and cosmetics.
All you have to do is put in your ZIP Code, and the website will automatically look for deals in your area.
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You can look through and pick what you want, printing out coupons as necessary to take to the stores.
Another major online discount site, RetailMeNot.com is full of coupons and offers.
It offers an online community where you get feedback on how well coupons work, and users can also submit their own coupons.
Once again, there is an app available for smartphones.
RetailMeNot.com boasts coupons for more than 130,000 online and local stores. Sign up to receive their regular Hot Coupon Newsletter.
You probably know the Red Plum coupon book that you receive by direct mail, or sometimes in a newspaper.
RedPlum.com is the online version, and often has the same deals, albeit in a much more easily searched form.
They tend to issue the new coupons on Sunday morning, so it’s best to check to make sure you can get what you want.
They also have a service called Clip free, which allows you to load coupons onto store loyalty cards.
Sunday newspapers come from Smart Source, which is owned by News America Marketing.
Again, this is the online version and will have many of the same deals.
You can check by ZIP Code for local specials.
ShopAtHome has thousands of printable coupons for stores, including rebates.
It also offers lots of online deals.
There is a toolbar that you can install on your browser that watches each site you visit, and will let you know if there are any coupons or deals available.
It’s a good idea to check out savings.com before buying anything, as it has lots of coupon codes for both brand and store coupons.
It offers an easy search box, or you can browse by category.
They also encourage you to contribute to the community of savers, if you have any coupon codes or tips.
8. Slick Deals
Another site with the emphasis on community, Slick Deals welcomes everyone to submit their coupons and deals for others to use.
In fact, the coupons are rated for popularity by the votes of the community. The best ones make it to the homepage, but you can search by store or category for the ones you want.
A coupon website that also offers some information about making money out of your shopping – check out the Brags drop-down.
For example, some people use coupons and also get rebates for more than their final cost.
This is a very active website, with lots of hints and tips as well as coupon savings.
10. Flamingo World
Flamingo World is a straightforward coupon website, that doesn’t even offer you a free membership, like many of the others do in order that they can send you more deals.
Once again, it offers printable coupons that you can take the stores, as well as online coupons for your Internet shopping.
There’s a great range of coupons available, so you may well find what you need on this site.
It’s worth taking time to explore Frugaa’s website, as it offers a tremendous variety of ways to save you money.
In fact, on the homepage it counts the ways, boasting that today it has 44,104 active coupons, with 42 new coupons added today, and 10,000+ free shipping offers.
The average savings per user is estimated at $27.
If you cannot find it on Frugaa.com, you probably don’t need it!
12. Living Social
Living social has coupons, but also goes further than that, elaborating on the social aspects of your life.
In fact, you can look at this week’s deals, where you’re invited to buy goods at dramatic discounts on the site.
You buy a voucher which you can then redeem for the goods. If you choose not to use it, then you are credited back the amount you spent.
Hip2Save.com is a couponing site and more.
It offers a daily newsletter, and includes deals, coupons, and freebies.
In fact today it was even offering a coupon code for Living Social (see above) vouchers, giving an extra 20% off.
Also check out the Hip2Save app.
The homepage of Deal News boasts that they only have the best offers, and they show the Hottest Deals prominently.
Also available in app form, Deal News has deals on computers, electronics, clothing, and home and garden supplies.
FatWallet has pages of deals, including computers and electronics, clothing, and tools, all for purchase online.
Just choose your store or your offer, and you will click through to the appropriate retailer. Sometimes you have to re-enter the online coupon code.
Once again, there is an app available that will keep you up-to-date on the latest deals.
16. Brad’s Deals
This website offers deals selected by its editors across a whole range of stores and items. You can choose newest deals, most popular deals, or Brad’s picks.
The top deals also rotate on a slider across the top of the homepage.
There are 3800 stores listed, and you can find printable and online coupons.
Again not exactly a coupon site, but another way to save money.
Freeshipping.com has expanded beyond its original idea, of simply showing you where you do not have to pay for shipping.
Now they offer 10% off on thousands of items if you buy through their links (somewhat like eBates.com), as well as free shipping and other coupons.
However, you have to join and it costs you $12.97 per month, although there is a 7 day free trial period.
Groupon is not a coupon site, but offers great deals on a variety of things.
At the time of writing the leading deals were an electric toothbrush for $25, down from $150, drift racing from $27, and a $150 concealed carry class for $22.
You pay Groupon straight away, and they give you a certificate for the item.
It’s worth a look to see if anything catches your eye.
19. Amazon Coupons
Did you know that Amazon also offers coupons directly?
Just search for coupons and it will show you pages of items on which you can get a discount.
Like conventional coupons, this directs you to buy the products that they want you to buy, but if what you want is there then you will save some money.
20. Price Blink
Finally, Price Blink is a browser add-on that you can simply add to your browser, and it will look for lower prices while you shop.
The add-on is available for Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, and it stays hidden until you are on a shopping site, when it will interrupt you to tell you if it finds a better deal.
As there is no extra effort on your part, this is worth adding right away.
We started this article looking for the best coupon sites, and finished up expanding the remit to include other sites where you can save money shopping.
It’s worth having a look at all of them to get an idea of the sort of goods they offer, and remember to never pay full price!