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Tips for Bargain-Hunters

February 15, 2012

Hello everyone! I took a brief break from blogging to spend a wonderful Valentine’s Day with my husband. However, that means that I didn’t blog anything yesterday about finding amazing deals and coupons to make shopping cheaper. Even though it’s Wednesday today, I’m going to backtrack to what I would have blogged about yesterday. 

Here are some of the best tips, websites and apps that I’m aware of. Happy couponing! 

1. There’s nothing quite like the Sunday newspaper! The coupons inside can more than pay for the price of the paper. This makes a pretty sweet deal for my husband and I since he reads the paper and I clip the coupons!

2. No access to the newspaper? You can still find most all of the free coupons by checking out these websites: www.smartsource.com and www.redplum.com.

3. One of the highest rated coupon websites out there is www.coupons.com. Pretty easy to remember, right? The only caveat for this and other coupon clipping sites is that you typically need to download their coupon printer. If you are planning to make regular use of these coupons, downloading the printer is a no-brainer.

4. My all-time favorite is www.retailmenot.com which I have previously shared about on my blog. Without fail, I have found that it lists the most coupon codes and printable coupons for major store and online retailers than any other site. The great thing about this site is that people who have used the coupon codes can let others know if the code worked for them and how much money they saved. This alerts customers to the best codes out there. Another site to try that is similar to this one is www.couponcodes.com.

5. If you’re out and about with your cell phone, look at www.maps.google.com. There is also a Google Maps app that can be downloaded to your smartphone. After you search for a business or store, you can click on the location for more information including the address, phone number and store hours. Occasionally, businesses list a special discount or coupon there that customers can claim if they show their phone to the clerk. I once found a 10% discount for a bookstore this way.

6. If you’re a smartphone junkie, there are tons of other apps that you can find. I use an iPhone and the best rated app there is CouponSherpa. These coupons can be scanned at the store right from your phone. Plus, most apps work with GPS to get the best coupons for your location.

7. If you’re looking to save money on gas when you’re out traveling, try the app GasBuddy which shows the last recorded price at area gas stations. This app also works by GPS or you can insert a specific city or zip code.

8. Here’s what I do to find savings on airlines. I check www.kayak.com first since it lists most all of the major airlines’ prices. Once I find who has the cheapest flight, I then book on the airline’s official website since the prices are almost always the same. Even when the prices are a bit higher than on a discount travel website, I still like to book with the airlines since they will then be more apt to work with me on changing dates and times of travel.

9. If you don’t know where you want to travel to but just want to get away for a while, check out www.airfarewatchdog.com. This site finds some amazing deals that change every day.

10. The best option for saving at hotels is to become a member of the chain’s rewards program. Hotels reward loyal customers quite well. I am a member of Best Western Rewards and love it since this chain is often adding new premium hotels.

11. If you rarely stay at hotels, then your best option is www.hotels.com. Out of all the discounted hotel websites, I have found that this one is the best since their taxes and fees are much lower that others including Expedia and Hotwire.

12. If you’re feeling daring, try bidding on www.priceline.com. When I bid for a hotel, I always make sure I pick at least a 2 ½ star hotel or better since then I know that the amenities will be great. Just remember that a bid can be made only once every 24 hours for a specific locale.

13. If you find a better price on a hotel on an outside website, call the specific hotel you are wishing to book and ask if they will honor the lower price themselves. 

These are just a few of the many, many ways that I save money. Leave a comment to let me know what some ways are that you have found great bargains!

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One Comment
  1. Reblogged this on thehappinessbucket and commented:
    Thought I would pass on this great bit of information. Enjoy!

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