Using Online Coupons to Save Money in 2013
If your New Year’s resolution focuses on being thrifty and saving money, it’s time to venture into the world of online coupons. No clipping. No sorting. No storing. Shopping online is the best way to stay on track with your financial goals in 2013. So, how can you save by skipping the brick-and-mortar and visiting virtual stores instead? Here’s a glimpse.
1. Percentage Off
Since many online retailers don’t have a storefront to maintain, they can funnel extra savings into your pocket. Look for coupons offering a percentage off a specific department. For example, for the first week of the month, you might be able to save on items in the cosmetics department. Next week, the same online coupon might be for a percentage off in women’s clothing. At the start of the new year, many retailers offer a percentage off your entire order.
2. Freebie Add-Ons
One perk of buying online is the extras. Beauty product suppliers often include small samples of new products to pique interest. Online grocers may send sample-size packets, cans or non-perishable items. But, the best freebies come from BOGO (buy one, get one) coupons. These make it easy to stock the pantry or makeup bag without emptying your wallet in 2013.
3. Free Shipping
The number-one online coupon to search for is free shipping. Since you’re saving time and travel expenses by shopping from your tablet or smartphone, there’s no reason to pay extra to get the order to your front door. Many retailers will offer free shipping automatically with a minimum purchase. Or, add specific items that are eligible for free shipping to your shopping cart to get a bargain.
4. Returning Customer Coupons
Do you rely on a particular online retailer for your hard-to-find perfume or skin care items? Join the company’s email newsletter to stay on top of all upcoming sales. Then, after you place an order, check your email again. Many companies offer online coupons to returning customers immediately after they make a purchase. Just make sure to use the special before it expires — which may be as soon as one week!