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If you’ve ever watched TLC’s ‘Extreme Couponing’, you probably associate couponing with individuals who spend hours every day cutting out coupons from hundreds of newspapers. People who fill their supermarket trolleys with fifty bottles of shampoo and a hundred tins of tuna, going home with a smug smile on their face because they managed to get it all for a fiver.
Luckily, you don’t need to take things to this extreme to be able to save money.
Since 2010 (the year the series was first released), both shopping and couponing have moved online. In the past, it was necessary to manually cut coupons out of newspapers and take them into shops with you; a thankless and tedious task.
Now, thanks to online shopping and digital discount codes, you can save money without even leaving your house. There are even some browser plug-ins that will do a lot of the work for you when it comes to finding the right coupons – you really can’t go wrong.
Even if you prefer to go shopping in physical stores sometimes, lots of coupon websites also have phone apps that let you check for the latest deals as you browse.
According to NCH, ‘couponers’ saved more than $3 billion by redeeming coupons in 2014 – this number may be even higher now. Clearly, the seemingly archaic practice is on the rise and not the fall.
We all need to shop, so why not save some money while you’re at it? Couponing can seem overwhelming at first due to the lingo and the vast number of sites and shops available, but once you get the hang of it, it will become part of your routine.
25 Best Coupon Sites of 2019
Here are the best coupon websites to start saving money today:
How Do Coupon Sites Work?
All couponing sites work slightly different. Some mostly consist of simple search bars that allow you to search for the stores or deals you’re looking for. Other sites contain more of a social aspect – they may allow users to post their own coupons or contain forums for further discussion.
Coupons vs Cashback
Another important distinction to make is that some sites focus more on coupons and others on cashback. What’s the difference? Coupons can be used for a particular product (if it’s a manufacturer’s coupon) or at a particular retailer (if it’s a store coupon) to obtain a discount on your purchase.
Cashback is a percentage of the purchase total before tax and after coupons; the amount is normally credited on the website rather than given to you in actual cash.
Something else you may come across is a deal matchup: a guide to the best combinations of coupons and sales at a particular store.
Finally, some sites may also have added features, like completing surveys, that allow you to make extra money. A perfect example is Swagbucks. Freebies, sweepstakes, and blogs are other common features.
There are a few ways to use the coupons you find. You can print off a physical version, download a PDF to show on your phone, or exclusively use the phone app to avoid the legwork.
Which Coupon Sites Are Legitimate?
Unlike some of the main ways to make money online, such as data entry jobs, there are few scams associated with couponing. After all, it’s harder to scam people who are just looking for vouchers than it is to scam those who are looking for work.
However, some websites contain coupons that aren’t exclusive to their sites but rather a store-run promotion. This doesn’t make the website illegitimate; they may well have exclusive coupons too, or other benefits such as getting a cashback.
What Are The Best Coupon Sites?
Lots of the websites listed below operate exclusively in the USA – a couple are even confined to more specific regions with the US. However, many have a global reach and can be used to save money all around the world.
The main concept is that you can earn ‘Swagbucks’ in various ways; the big one is completing surveys, but you can also earn by printing off coupons and shopping through their online portal. You can then use your Swagbucks towards gift cards or cashback
A big perk is that you’ll receive your first ‘Swagbucks’ simply from signing up, and if you refer a friend, you’ll earn Swagbucks every time they earn. It’s a win-win situation!
2. Amazon Coupons
Everyone has heard of Amazon, but not many people know about Amazon coupons. If you really want to capitalize on those Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, you should make it your business to find out.
As you’d expect, the coupons are only for Amazon’s own products. This may sound restrictive but, considering the variety of items available on Amazon, it’s not overly limiting. You can even find other manufacturers’ coupons to apply to products on the site.
However, you should be aware that some of the deals are for Amazon Prime customers only.
Rakuten was formerly known as Ebates, and it’s one of the biggest coupon sites on the web, as a quick Google search for ‘coupons’ and a valuation of $1 billion dollars prove it.
Although they offer coupons, the main draw of the site is the cashback, which you can find in all its forms, included cashback offers for purchases made through over 2500 other sites, and cashback when shopping in-store. Even better, there are regular double and triple cashback events run around the main holiday seasons.
Usefully, Rakuten also has a Chrome browser extension that will alert you if the site you’re using offers cashback. This makes it easier to incorporate their deals into your shopping routine rather than needing to actively check the website on a regular basis.
4. Brad’s Deals
The main feature of bradsdeals.com is that all the deals on the homepage are ‘hand-picked’ by the editor – somewhat deceptively, the current editor of the site isn’t Brad himself but a man called Jason F.
However, Brad still plays an active role in the functioning of his money-saving website, leading a ‘team of deal experts’ who search the web every day.
It’s a long-running website that has been going since 2001 when Brad was frustrated by the unfair prices charged by his college’s bookstore and learned to code in order to build the website. Since then, it’s seen constant growth.
As well as the editor’s hand-picked deal, you can browse coupons for many, many other deals. There’s also a wealth of resources such as shopping guides on popular and seasonal items, deals under $25, and a more general money-saving tips section.
The tagline for CouponCause is ‘you save, we donate’; it’s a line that just about sums up the ethos of the website and what differentiates them from the multitude of other coupon websites out there.
CouponCause is a coupon website like any other, offering discounts on thousands of brands, but the difference is that they donate a portion of their profits to charity.
If saving money at the same time as helping the wider society sounds right up your street, this could well be the coupon site for you.
If there was a prize for the couponing site with the most catchy and straightforward name, Coupons.com would probably win. Launched back in 1998, Coupons.com was one of the pioneers in online couponing. It’s now run by Quotient Technology with an estimated value of 1 billion dollars.
As would be expected for such a long-running site, there’s an extremely wide selection of digital coupons you can use for both online and physical retailers; the number is estimated to be the most available in the USA. The site will ask for your zip code to help you find local deals as well as more generic offers for big retailers.
You can choose to print your coupons for use in-store or use them online, and it’s also possible to link your card to the site to receive cashback. They also have an app, which is ideal for anyone who prefers to look for deals as they shop instead of planning out their deal itinerary before leaving the house.
Coupons.com has a sister website, thegoodstuff.com, where they place some of the best deals.
7. Coupon Pro
Coupon Pro was started by recent college graduate Roland, demonstrating that couponing culture looks like it’s not going anywhere any time soon.
The site not only offers store-specific deals and coupons but for other ideas for saving money too. The website has one section with details on freebies and giveaways and another for sweepstakes.
DealNews is focused on consumer technology, apparel, and home improvement items. It isn’t the site to go to if you just want to save money on your grocery shop, but they’re a goldmine for good deals within this niche.
A helpful feature is that DealNews is transparent about when each deal was placed on the website, so it’s easy to figure out if the coupon is likely to have expired or not.
The site isn’t just about coupons and discounts. They regularly hold sweepstakes offering the chance to win up to $1,000 – definitely worth a punt.
They also have a phone app which is well worth downloading for the next time you need to buy a new pair of trainers or TV.
As the name suggests, DontPayFull is designed for anyone looking for a way to avoid paying full price on anything.
You can choose to search for stores, offers, and brands in the search bar or to browse manually. There are millions of offers from thousands of stores; you’ll be redirected to the relevant retailer’s website and have the deal automatically applied.
DontPayFull also run a blog filled with useful tips, and you can sign up to their mailing list to have the latest offers delivered to inbox on a regular basis.
10. Entertainment Coupon Book
In business since 1962, Entertainment Coupon Book is the oldest company on this list, and it doesn’t have the typical history. They originally started as coupon book company to raise money for schools, and it’s still possible to buy and sell entertainment books for this website.
However, it’s now a popular coupon website too. As well as regular coupons, you can access 2-for-1 deals and 50% discount offers.
The downside of this website is that you have to pay membership to be able to access the deals; this comes at a price of $2.99 a month or $19.99 annually.
FreeShipping was started to tackle one very specific issue, and you can probably guess which it is: the annoying delivery costs you encounter when shopping online.
The site has now expanded, so they offer a multitude of other benefits as well as free shipping offers. These include 10% cashback on purchases at major retailers, 20% cashback during seasonal periods, free return shipping, and price protection if you find the same item sold for less elsewhere.
This is another site that you have to pay membership to join, but you can at least give it a go with the 7-day trial for $2 (the usual price is $13 a month). If you have a change of heart after paying membership, you can receive a full refund within the first 30 days.
Frugaa is a coupon search engine that boasts average savings per user of around $27. Not bad at all – the longer you use the site for, the more you can expect to save.
Their website includes thousands of active coupons and is updated daily. Even better, everything is community-based: to ensure that the coupons posted actually work, users upvote the coupons they like and downvote the coupons they dislike. They also have free delivery deals.
One of the better-known sites on the list, Groupon was started due to the realization that discounts can be more easily obtained when you can promise a large number of people will buy a good or service – the problem is connecting all those people. Hence came the name of group coupons.
Groupon is best known for its deals on restaurants and experiences, but they also offer discounts on travel and sell discounted merchandise on their in-app store. Like the other sites, they offer coupons to thousands of stores too.
Due to the vast amount of people using the website, it’s sometimes possible to save 70% or more. Why not give it a go?
Hip2Save was started by wife and mom of three Collin Morgan, who started the blog back in 2008 to help her family and friends save money. It’s now a huge and respected coupon database that needs an entire team to keep it running.
They also have a freebies section for items like free products and books, post store deals and sales events, recipes and ideas, and have a daily newsletter to keep you in the loop.
Honey is a browser extension for Chrome which helps you to make use of the existing coupon websites out there rather than providing you with yet another database.
Honey automates the process of finding coupons by automatically searching for the best coupon or promo code. It will also ensure that you never try to use another expired coupon again.
This is perfect for those who like the idea of couponing but aren’t prepared to put in the extra time required, as well as those who are experienced couponers but want an additional check.
16. The Krazy Coupon Lady
The Krazy Coupon Lady was started by two real-life crazy coupon ladies called Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer, who teamed up to teach the world about their extreme couponing ways. Their site is now a leading national money-saving website boasting to be the #1 app for saving money.
The site features weekly deal matchups by stores, both printable and online coupons, and is updated daily.
This is a great site for beginners due to the vast amount of resources. There’s also a ‘brags’ section full of community members boasting about how much money they’ve been able to save using the couponing tips recommended, which provides a healthy dose of fun and inspiration.
17. Living Social
Living Social was set up as a way to help users buy and share things to do in their city, thus helping them to ‘live socially’. The site now has over 70 million users and is owned by Groupon, one of the biggest coupon websites in the world.
You’ll be able to find plenty of discounts and coupons for local businesses, especially for experiences like eating and drinking and spas, as well as some deals for home goods.
Unfortunately, Living Social was designed for users in big cities and it continues to focus on this demographic. If you live in a small town or rural area, you may not be able to find anything relevant.
18. Price Blink
Just like Honey, Price Blink is a browser add-on. The advantage of Price Blink is that it’s available for all major browsers (Chrome, Safari, and Firefox), which is an advantage over Honey.
However, the basic premise is the same: it’s an automated tool that scans the web for the best coupons and deals. It can, therefore, help you to secure the best prices without you having to do anything at all.
Price Blink remains hidden whilst you’re doing your normal browsing, but when you enter an online shopping site, the add-on will pop up and alert you if a better deal can be achieved by applying a coupon.
RetailMeNot is another major online coupon site. Browse trending deals or search manually for one of many popular retailers, offer cashback or discount when purchasing gift cards, and there’s an Rxsaver option to save money at the pharmacy. It also features an online community for feedback and to submit coupons, has an app, and option to sign up for Hot Coupon newsletter.
20. RetailMeNot Everyday
RetailMeNot is such a large coupon company that they have two websites. The RetailMeNot Everyday was launched when RetailMeNot acquired RedPlum, a company that sent physical coupons through the papers or direct mail or flyers.
Whilst RetailMeNot’s main site is geared towards luxury nonessentials such as consumer electronics and clothing apparel, the Everyday site is just what it sounds like: a section for more for basic items. This includes groceries, cleaning products, and more.
There are both printable and downloadable coupons, usually updated every week on Sunday. There’s also a blog with helpful information and advice
Just like Coupons.com, Savings.com is an internet dinosaur – the domain was bought in 2003 for almost $2 million, making it one of the most expensive domains ever bought to this day.
It offers a wide range of items from groceries to flights, printable and online coupons, offers local deals in a similar way to Groupon, sales circulars for large retailers which is helpful when planning shopping trips, and can contribute to a community of savers.
Although Savings.com serves the US market, a sister website Savoo.com was launched by the same company to serve consumers in other countries too.
Currently, Savoo can be used in twelve different countries: United Kingdom; Canada; Germany; Netherlands; Mexico; France; Spain; Italy; Australia; Brazil, Austria, and Ireland.
SlickDeals is different from other couponing sites as it draws on the community aspect far more. All deals are not only curated by the editorial team but also released by other members. There are also plenty of thriving forums where you can receive help from others regarding sourcing deals, or provide them with your own tips.
All coupons are rated for their popularity by other users; the most highly rated deals make it to the front page. There’s also information about freebies.
Just like Rakuten, the main focus of ShopAtHome is cashback. Through their website, you can get money back for online shopping and combine discounts with their cashback offers, allowing you to double your savings easily. You can also take surveys for an extra boost.
Impressively, they have over 800,000 users – can almost a million people be wrong?
ShopAtHome offers a $10 welcome bonus for new users, which can be redeemed through Paypal or Amazon gift cards – however, you have to spend at least $25 in a store first. It’s still a good deal since you’re bound to buy something online sooner or later.
SmartSource is another company that dates back to the traditional couponing days of cutting discounts out from newspapers. Although their paper copies are still going, they’ve moved online too – this is useful as you can use the physical coupons alongside the online coupons, allowing you to double your savings.
This website is mostly focused on everyday items like groceries, which makes a nice change from the high number of coupons focused on nonessentials. There’s also an app available to download.
25. Southern Savers
As you may have fathomed, Southern Savers is only suitable for those who live in the South of the USA. If you happen to reside in this geographical area, you’re in luck – its founder, Jenny Martin, is an extreme couponing expert who sometimes teaches 3-hour coupon workshops in her locality.
As well as providing coupons, the website is full of useful resources such as a frugal living section and a coupon lingo section. Even if you’re not a Southerner, you’re bound to find something that can help you.
Where Can I Get Coupons For Free?
Most of the sites listed above are free. Coupon websites make money through affiliate links and advertisements, so they can give you coupons for free whilst making money themselves.
The only websites you must pay a membership fee to join are Entertainment Coupon Book and Free Shipping.
These membership fees may not be worth it for everyone. If you like going shopping very frequently – either because you have a big family or you’re just a heavy spender – then the fee is more likely to be worthwhile. If you’re single and frugal, it probably won’t be. It’s up to you to do the math.
Finding The Best Coupon Site
The sheer number of coupon websites might sound overwhelming, but after a little trial and error, you’ll figure out which ones bring you the best results. You may find that you refer to one website for grocery store details, one website for nonessential consumer good deals, and one site for trips or meals out.
Couponing may have once been reserved for those who had the patience and determination to collect and cut out coupons from the papers, but these days there’s no excuse to not get involved.
Even if you feel like checking coupon websites every week for the latest deal is a waste of time, you can still get involved.
All you have to do is download a phone app to refer to when you’re shopping in stores and install a browser extension to ensure that no deals escape you whilst you’re online shopping. It’s a minimal effort for maximum reward. What have you got to lose?
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