Coupons are like free money! What’s not to love… Remember cutting out coupons with scissors at your kitchen table? More and more that feels like a thing of the past, and if you’re younger than a Millennial you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. But coupons themselves are still around in a big way – online. And they are easily accessible from both phones and computers.
This post will go over coupon apps and the best tips to score those online deals. P.S. This page may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more information.
Here’s what you need to know when it comes to scoring deals online and in stores…
use browser extensions
There are a number of ways you can get digital deals. But first, always keep in mind that you are often giving up your personal information when using sites, apps and services that collect your information.
If you’re on a computer, you can use browser extensions like Honey to automatically pop up when you check out from a store. A browser extension is something you download and that then lives in your browser, such as Chrome for example. When I check out from a store online, the extension will run a number of codes to check if there are any deals for me.
Here’s a picture of what it looks like when the extension is installed:
And here’s what it looks like when you’re checking out your cart online and Honey starts to run the coupons to check for you:
Honey is great too because it gives you money back. After you use it a certain amount of times you can redeem your ‘Honey Gold’ points for gift cards to retailers like Amazon. 1,000 points equals $10.
search for codes
Another thing I always do when I check out my shopping cart online is do a quick Google search for any coupons I may have missed. I’ll type something like: [NAME OF STORE] coupons
Often, sites like RetailMeNot come up and offer deals. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t – but it’s always worth checking!
try Coupon apps
Now, apps are a big thing too! Let’s discuss those.
My husband and I have been “members” at Ralphs grocery store for a while. This means when we shop in-person and give the clerk our phone number at checkout we get discounts. Most shoppers know about memberships.
Traditionally, you could also cut out paper coupons and show them at the register for additional savings. However, these stores are moving more and more toward digital deals.
That’s why it helps to download apps like Coupons.com onto your phone and check out stuff online before you head to the store. The reason I recommend before you head to the store is because sometimes stores have bad reception or you’ll have your hands full.
If you search for coupon apps on your phone you’ll find a ton of other options too.
There are even apps like Ibotta that entice you to use their coupons by giving “real cash back every time you shop online or in-store.” I like to always look at the reviews before I download an app too, which can help you narrow down what you pick to try.
Happy shopping and good luck with those savings!