Retail Me Not: Coupons on the Go
As a shopper, I have always been one to plan. My grocery trips entail creating a list and gathering available coupons; I make these up the night before I know I need to shop, even if it’s just for a mid-week run for a container or milk and some fresh fruit.
If the kids come home and tell me they need something for school – paper plates for a class party or a new notebook – I check southernsavers.com to figure out where these items may be on sale, so I can pay the cheapest price.
When it comes to larger items, though, I have always stumbled. For instance, I’m currently redoing my daughter’s bedroom, since she has outgrown her toddler bed and the Hello Kitty comforter she’s had for several years won’t fit the new bed we’re putting her in for her birthday.
If you have checked the price of comforters and quilts lately, you’ll probably agree with me: they aren’t cheap! I’ve decided to do a neutral theme in her room this time around, purchasing a quilt for the bed that incorporates a variety of soft colors. This way, I can choose room decorations that fall into those colors, rather than sticking to a particular theme.
Yesterday, before I headed out to hunt for a new quilt, I headed to retailmenot.com. I actually just learned of this website, which offers customers coupons for a variety of stores. The site listed a variety of coupons for Target, including a $5 off items over $50! That, plus the discount I get for using our Target card, really brought down the price of the quilt.
Retailmenot.com also lists comments from users, so you can see what people have to say about the coupon code. For instance, one customer got $3.99 off instead of the listed $5, while others got the full price deducted from the amount of the sale. The site also lists the last time a user successfully used the coupon, so you can see if it has been attempted in a while.
Last week, I printed off a coupon for a certain amount off at a nearby department store. I needed a new pair of shoes, and the coupon saved me 15% on the total sale! And because I have been traveling to meet with clients, I will soon need a new work bag that will fit the laptop I purchased last year, because it has a wider screen. Before heading out, I’ll check the site for coupons at Office Depot and Staples to see what I can save.
You can search by store or by printable coupons, grocery coupons, or shopping codes. The coupons are for both online and in-person discounts, so it doesn’t matter if you’re heading out in the car or sitting in your living room.
Have you used this or a similar website to print off coupons before shopping? If so, what site(s) do you use, and have they saved you money?