Despite my lack of pictures, detailed shopping reports, and itemized receipts, I am still very much in the coupon game. Just last Tuesday I spent $28 at Lowe's Food Store, and saved over $60! How's that for playing the coupon game? Over $88 worth of groceries for just $28- Boo-ya! I am always searching for a way to contribute to our household, and since there isn't a hot demand for a 20-something stay-at-home-mom who didn't finish her degree and is only available some nights after 7 pm, I rely on couponing to make a dent in the budget.
Obviously there are the newspaper coupons that I espouse, but those are not universally lucrative for everyone, depending on where you live and whether or not your stores double. Additionally, I know that not everyone has time to clip and file. However- retail internet coupons are universal and not subject to doubling and the like. They are especially attractive to homebodies such as myself, giving me one less reason to venture out into the world! When I need a specific item, I always shop around online before purchasing, sometimes belaboring the process and the purchase. I might mill around for days before I buckle down and just finish my checkout, cringing a bit as the funds are withdrawn from my ever-dwindling bank account.
Enter: CouponChief.com. This site has hundreds of stores with shared coupon codes, uploaded by the site administrators and members themselves. I really like the interface and thought it was very user-friendly, unlike some other coupon sites I have stopped frequenting because I always seem to be lost in a maze of text and ads. You can search for stores by name, keyword, or alphabetically, and you'd be surprised how many specialty stores they have listed. Of course my perennial favorites are there- codes for Target or Amazon. The cool thing is that they have people rate the coupons and state whether or not the coupon worked for them and on what date. There are generally several different codes for the same store, so you can pick and choose the best discount for your type of purchase. Another thing I liked about it is that when you click on the coupon code, it automatically copies the code so that you are ready to use it at checkout. The only thing I didn't like, and thought to be inconvenient, is that you cannot be certain the coupon will work until you are completing your checkout. You might spend a long time shopping and adding things to your cart only to find that the coupon isn't accepted anymore. This of course is not a fault of the site, but merely the way of internet shopping. Still, I think next time I have an online purchase I will definitely browse through CouponCheif to see what discounts are available to be had. Give it a try! This is the simple, no-fuss kind of coupon-clipping anyone can (and should) do!