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10 Best Sites to Hunt for Coupon Codes and Discount Promo Codes

10 Best Sites to Hunt for Coupon Codes and Discount Promo Codes

Online shopping is the peak of convenience, and finding the best deal just adds to that. Gone are the days of opening multiple tabs to compare prices, as now there are easier ways to find the best deal. You can buy pretty much anything online these days, so why not try to get the best deal with as little leg work as possible? Here are 10 of the best places to help you save some money when you are doing your shopping online.

1. Honey[1]

Honey works with major retailers to find the best prices on items, and shows you the best price from the sellers. Consumers also earn cash back on the things that they purchase, and won’t have to lift a finger to find coupon codes—Honey does this for you using thousands of websites. It is as simple as adding an extension to your browser.

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2. Swagbucks[2]

Swagbucks is said to be the largest reward website that gives consumers gift cards for their online activities. The points are earned, and then are cashed in for a gift card. Points can be earned by using the Swagbucks search engine, taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, referring friends, and using their shopping portal. Each day there are bonus codes posted to their social media websites that are to be used on the Swagbucks page.

3. Promo Code Watch[3]

Promo Code Watch works to give consumers the most up-to-date and accurate collection of online promotional codes. The codes are tracked in real time, picked up from social media like Facebook and Twitter, and then brought into the database. The code is then verified and made available to consumers on Promo Code Watch’s website. In addition to this, the website partners with over 10,000 online retailers to provide unique savings and offers.

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4. Groupon[4]

When browsing Groupon, you will find fun and unique activities in your city, and at a heavily discounted price. Children’s activities, restaurants, spas, and nightlife are just a handful of the experiences that Groupon offers. There is also a section for Goods—quality items that are sold at a discount.

5. Ebates[5]

Consumers use Ebates to shop their favorite stores while earning cash back on their purchases through a check or PayPal. Users can earn up to 40% cash back on their purchases from over 2,000 participating stores, providing more than 10,000 coupons. To add to the convenience, consumers can even download the app to their smartphone for deals on the go.

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6. Fat Wallet[6]

Fat Wallet could be considered a path of least resistance for consumers to find online deals and coupons. There are deals on a number of products, as well as store coupons that work on any purchase. Fat Wallet works hard to locate the most recent coupon codes and sales, bringing consumers deals from about 1,700 online stores that are not only popular, but are trusted.

7. RetailMeNot[7]

Retailers and brands connect with millions of consumers through the RetailMeNot marketplace. At any given time, there are about 70,000 retailers that offer about 600,000 coupons, making RetailMeNot the largest outlet to find digital offers. Consumers can also download the app right to their phone to have thousands of coupons at their fingertips.

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8. PriceGrabber[8]

Discount codes from 2,000 retailers offer specials on thousands of products. PriceGrabber organizes the items into categories, and then for each item the price is compared among many retailers online, giving the consumer the lowest price possible. Items include everything from clothes, to appliances, to electronics. Search among what is trending, or type in the specific product that you are looking for.

9. SlickDeals[9]

SlickDeals is considered the most trusted online community dedicated to rating, reviewing, and sharing coupons and deals. Members of the website scour the internet to find the best deals, and then share it with SlickDeals. The coupons and deals include a plethora of products and retailers, so anyone that is looking for a deal can find one among hundreds of reputable merchants.

10. Woot[10]

This website provides daily deals on multiple items, as well as other short term sales on items spanning 11 different categories. There are also site-wide specials—each day a featured deal is highlighted on the front page, and it is only available for that day until midnight, or until it has sold out. Woot’s purpose is to find cool stuff and offer it to consumers for cheap.

Reference

[1] Honey https://www.joinhoney.com/
[2] Swagbucks http://www.swagbucks.com/
[3] Promo Code Watch http://www.promocodewatch.com/
[4] Groupon https://www.groupon.com/
[5] Ebates https://www.ebates.com/
[6] Fat Wallet https://www.fatwallet.com/
[7] RetailMeNot https://www.retailmenot.com/
[8] PriceGrabber http://www.pricegrabber.com/?
[9] SlickDeals https://slickdeals.net/
[10] Woot http://www.woot.com/

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Last Updated on June 26, 2020

25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

“How to save money fast?” This is the question asked by all of us not in the top 1% of rich people.

If you are looking for ways to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, first look at what you need to spend money on every week. And I mean really need.

You don’t really need to order in food. You don’t really need to buy expensive perfume.

Building from that, you can work out how your regular expenses can be reduced.

As for irregular expenses, they can also be deceptively costly in the long run. Once-off buys can also be tackled with some prudent planning and a little extra research.

And remember: a budgeted lifestyle does not mean a bad or boring one!

But first, understand what budget you can cut down on daily:

  • Regular expenses for the average adult (can be trimmed but not eliminated):
    • food
    • rent/mortgage
    • cell phone
    • insurance
    • socializing/entertainment
    • transportation
    • hygiene products
    • household bills
  • Irregular expenses for the average adult (can be eliminated or cut down a lot):
    • travel
    • clothing
    • medication (*depends)
    • grooming (hair, nails etc.)
    • gifts

Now, let’s dive right into the 25 ways to save money fast:

Save Money on Food

1. Bring a stock of food to the office/work

Instead of popping out for an overpriced salad and a smoothie, leave a set of basic utensils at the office as well as a stock of non-perishable goods such as tinned fruit, tuna, rice crackers and so on (try to avoid the junk food and this can turn into a pretty great diet!).

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Stocking up means you won’t forget or say “I didn’t have the time” when you rushed out to work in the morning.

2. Buy the store-brand version

Many basic foods, such as bread and milk, will taste exactly the same as their branded alternatives. Go for stuff with minimal additives and preservatives. Meat in a tube is probably insanely unhealthy!

3. Eat cheaper cuts of meat

Learn how to tenderize and flavour cheaper meat and fish, and save on the (typically) most expensive item on your grocery bill.

4. Have group dinners

If 10 friends put $5 each in the kitty, it’s pretty easy to make a giant lasagne and get refreshments, as well as hang out with your favourite people.

Save Money in Transport

5. Get a bicycle

Save on gas money and bus/metro fares with this underrated mode of transport.

6. Use public transport and/or don’t get taxis

Some places can only be reached by car. But as a good practise, check your public transport website and see if any routes pass nearby where you need to get to. Walk as much as you can.

7. Find the cheapest gas

Regularly check out where the cheapest gas can be bought.

Save Money in General Shopping

8. Shop online

Not only will you save on the gas or transport fares from going to the shopping mall but you will also find better deals

9. Sell your old stuff

Get your unwanted belongings up on eBay ASAP and earn a few dollars.

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Here’re more ideas for you: 25 Things to Sell to Make a Lot of Money

10. Bulk buying stores

For regular non-perishable/slow perishable purchases such as toilet paper, cat food, pasta, washing powder and so on, do an epic stocking-up trip to a co-op or equivalent (my mum used to go to a place that restaurants buy from).

Be wary of supermarket “deals”, as some have been found to be fraudulent after working out a simple calculation.

11. Become a flea market/car boot sale/street market guru

You can find original gifts and develop good negotiation skills at these places.

12. Generic brand medication

More often than not, the generic version of paracetamol and other basics work the same as the branded version.

13. Choose deodorant, not perfume

It blows my mind when someone drops $70 on a bottle of spray. Stick with a nice deodorant, and not only will you smell just fine but you’ll be sweat-free as well!

Cut Down on Household Expenses

14. Printing

Ink is one of the most expensive substances in the office and coloured ink is doubly so. B

e more efficient and choose black and white, and if your printer doesn’t have a print-both-sides options, just print odd pages first, re-insert the paper and print even pages.

Expand the margins of what you are printing as often as you can to save on paper.

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15. Minimize SMS and phone calls

A combination of a free chat service such as WhatsApp and a free call service such as Skype can reduce your bill to nothing (so long as you have a decent Wifi connection).

16. Shop around for insurance

Most people don’t spend enough time searching for the best insurance deal.

Keep a watchful eye out for deals and new competitors in the market.

17. Try re-negotiating your rent/mortgage

If you have built up a good credit history or a good rapport with your landlord, then chances are a frank chat about needing to tighten your spending could result in lowering your payments. You’ve nothing to lose from trying.

18. Don’t get a TV

Invest in a computer/laptop and an internet-only package. You can watch more (and often better) entertainment on the web, and skip the advertisements as well.

19. Pool your internet bill with a neighbour

My apartment building is basically a big old house split into three apartments. There are five of us in total. We pool the internet bill, making it crazy cheap.

Save Money in Socializing, Entertainment And Travel

20. Have house parties

Instead of paying for overpriced drinks, set up a series of in-house get-togethers with your friends. Everyone takes a turn, so it’s not always your house that needs cleaning.

For sound insulation, hang heavy drapes on the walls and windows. For music, invest in a good second-hand set of speakers which you can connect to your computer. Let Spotify or Grooveshark playlists do the rest.

21. Open festivals, meetups and events

It never fails to surprise me how much underground stuff goes on around me for free or for very cheap. Find out who runs the blogs and websites that list all the less well-known cultural activities.

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22. Volunteer

If you can’t pay for a ticket, volunteer and get to be there anyway.

23. Housesit

There are multiple housesitting websites offering you the possibility to avoid paying hotels and skip the discomfort of crummy hostels.

Save Money on Hygiene and Beauty

24. DIY beauty

French manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows… pretty much all of these can be achieved at home (and done well) with some practise. There are plenty excellent blogs and YouTube tutorials to help.

25. Fewer haircuts/volunteer at a trainee hairdresser

If you can’t bear the risk of a trainee touching your locks, learn more ways to manipulate your hair as it grows and get haircuts sparingly. Women’s haircuts are outrageously priced in many cities.

Bonus: Effective Money-Saving Tips for Everything

Here’s a summary of what you can generally do to save more money:

  • Share/pool resources. Organize a neighbourhood sharing scheme, common resources for your apartment block or with your friends. Not everybody needs an individual lawnmower.
  • Buy energy-saving everything. The easiest way to lower your bills – replace those lightbulbs!
  • Buy in bulk. Be sensible about it (i.e. make sure you have space!), and drastically reduce weekly expenditure.
  • DIY. Skill up using YouTube tutorials on plumbing and many other essential services so you never have to pay for simple problems again.
  • Research a lot before making a decision. Most money-wasting is the result of poor preparation and planning. Don’t shirk this part just because you don’t like it!
  • Use your network. Your network is full of resources that can ease the pain of budgeting. Ask for help.
  • Stop and think. Do I really need it?

Unfortunately, there are some things that require plain ol’ giving up for the time being. This can include high-cost sports such as skiing, the latest versions of some technologies, the finest brands of food/drinks, premier seats at the opera and most other indulgences.

What is important to remember during lean times is that when you look back on your life, it will be the experiences that stand out, not the extra comforts.

Living on a budget can teach you a lot about how much you can really get out of your paycheck. We only live one life, so make the most of every penny you earn!

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