The idea of “extreme couponing” to get food and other items free or extremely cheap has gripped the nation over the past few years. More people than ever are going to extremes in order to get their hands on masses of paper coupons, and then they spend many hours each week clipping those coupons and matching them up to store sale ads. This is an efficient way to save money, but retailers are now changing their coupon policies in order to limit the freebies and spectacular deals.
As you find yourself working harder and harder to save a few pennies in local stores, you have to consider what you can save by using online shopping sites. There are no paper coupons to clip, but you still need to invest some time learning about the money-saving opportunities available through online retailers.
Exclusive Online Coupons
Rather than clipping these coupons, you click on links that lead you to the retailer’s website. The coupon deal is automatically applied to your purchase once you place items in your virtual cart and checkout. You can save 10% or more on your entire purchase with some coupons, and others will take a specified dollar amount off of your total order. You can also find coupons for free shipping.
Gift Card Rewards Programs
You have to sign up for a free account with an online program like Swagbucks in order to earn free gift cards. Instead of clicking directly onto a retail website to make a purchase, you go to the program’s website first and click a link leading to the retailer’s website. Once you complete your purchase, the retailer will report back to the program so that you receive points or other online currency for your purchase.
Collecting your points or other virtual currency allows you to trade in for gift cards to a variety of stores. You can use these gift cards at local stores as well as online. This is free money that is handed to you for purchases you would have made even without earning the cards. You can learn more about Swagbucks by visiting the program’s website.
Double the Savings
You can still shop clearance or sale items when using online coupons and gift card rewards programs. You may find restrictions on purchase options for some deals, but many deals allow you to purchase whatever you want while enjoying your discount. When these savings add up, you can save more than you would through coupons in local stores but without wasting time clipping paper coupons.