Best Coupon Sites For Online Shoppers

by Emiley Thacker on 2008-11-2572

Want to skip out on traffic and crowds, and save some time and money when you shop? Then check out these best coupon sites for online shoppers!

I live in a pretty remote area that is seriously deficient when it comes to decent shopping. The retail event of the century was when the new Super Wal-Mart opened, so “dining out” around here means making a trip to the local Ponderosa. There’s certainly nothing wrong with any of this, but I sometimes miss the enormous malls full of pretty, shiny things (many of which I couldn’t and still can’t afford) that I left behind.

Because I can no longer visit the stores where I used to shop at when I lived in the city, I do a lot of shopping online. Just because I live in a rural area with few shopping opportunities and locales, I shouldn’t have to give up the brands that I love. I also shouldn’t have to pay more for those brands just because I end up buying them through the internet. Even with shipping costs, I’ve found that it’s often easy to meet or beat store prices by shopping online. All it takes is a little detective work and a good coupon site.

Best Coupon Sites for Stay At Home Online Shoppers

There are dozens of websites dedicated specifically to retail coupon codes for online shopping. They contain tons of coupons that can be used at your favorite e-tailers, so you’ve got less of an excuse to pay full price at an online store. Here are some of the more popular options:

1. Ebates

While Ebates is technically more of a fantastic cash back rewards program, they actually offer a great listing of coupons for hundreds of online merchants. Just click on the merchant and a little pop up window appears to advise you of all the great deals and coupons that are available in addition to the cash back that you’ll receive.

2. RetailMeNot.com

Retail Me Not is a very easy to use coupon site. Simply type in the name of your target merchant on the site’s front page, and the site will provide you with a list of coupons for that merchant. Some notable features of the site: users may submit and share coupons through a submission page; there’s also a forum area where you can make money (through revenue sharing) by posting and participating in the RetailMeNot community. The site also allows you to vote and comment upon how well a coupon has worked for you and shows the coupon’s success rate (the percentage of times a particular coupon has worked for users who have tried it).

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Image is from the coupon site, RetailMeNot!

3. CouponMountain.com

Coupon Mountain is also very easy to search. I’ve had less luck finding usable coupons through Coupon Mountain recently, but it may be because my merchant preferences have changed. YMMV.

4. CouponCabin.com

Coupon Cabin is a site that has received many positive media reviews. The most popular coupons on Coupon Cabin are tested daily to ensure their validity, which saves the user a lot of time. Additionally, you can read user reviews written about various merchants, and/or view exactly where on the merchant site the coupon code should be entered.

5. CouponCode.com

Coupon Code is not a site that I’ve used before, but I think I’ll be trying it out in the future. The site appears to be very well designed and user friendly, with a drop down list on the top of the page listing dozens of merchants. Selecting a merchant takes you to another page that lists all of the coupon options for that particular merchant.

Quick Tips on Using Online Retail Coupons

Which retail coupon site should you use? It depends, really, on what you need or want. Not all sites have all online stores listed. Also, you may find that some coupon sites have better codes than others, or more working codes. E-coupons expire just like paper coupons do, though sometimes you will get lucky and the code will work for a day or so past its expiration date.

You might need to spend a little time finding the best coupon code for any given transaction. Most online stores will accept only one coupon or promotional code, but multiple codes may be available for different types of discounts. Weigh free shipping offers against dollars off or percent off coupons to determine which will give you the most benefit. There are a few merchants who will allow use of more than one offer. Victoria’s Secret, for instance, allows the use of up to three promo codes per transaction — no wonder it’s a popular pick at these coupon sites! On my last Victoria Secret order, I scored $15 off, a free lip gloss set, AND free shipping!

With all of the coupon sites available, there’s little reason why I should pay more than my city-dwelling friends for the things that I love but can’t buy locally. Now how about sharing your favorite retail coupon sites with us?

 
Contributing Writer: Emiley Thacker

Copyright © 2008 The Digerati Life. All Rights Reserved.

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Miss M November 26, 2008 at 10:04 am

I just signed up with ebates to do my christmas shopping and between the sign up bonus and my rebates I already have $26 in my acccount. I’m not done shopping yet either. I also used several of their coupon codes, which saved another $20. I’ll definitely keep using them in the future.

Web Talk November 26, 2008 at 11:16 am

nice list of interesting websites. In these time of crisis some nice bargains and some coupons to help me save money is right what i need!

Austin Real Estate Broker November 26, 2008 at 11:46 am

I use retailmenot. I really like that site. For those you us interested in tech gadgets and what not, you can also sign up for niche sites. I like SlickDeals. They have items besides technology, but most of their listings are for tech. They also have forums where you can get the latest news on if the offer is still working etc. Another site that I frequent is Deal Catcher. They offer tons of selection, but again, I mainly follow the tech discounts and coupons. Give these a try. You might like them as well.

Joe

Kathryn December 1, 2008 at 11:06 am

Another great coupon website to try is CouponCowgirl.com. The site features hundreds of coupons across a variety of categories, as well as an informative blog with additional savings tips.

meep meepington December 2, 2008 at 11:06 am

check out dillyeo.com great site for deals

Monica- accounts December 2, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Great post! I think online shopping is great. Very convenient. Thanks for the useful information! I’ve subscribed to your RSS in my Google reader.

Daniel December 5, 2008 at 11:01 pm

Great websites. Retailmenot.com is probably the best. I’m surprised you left fallwallet.com off the list. Here’s a few more of the better coupon code & cash back websites I know of out there:

Deal Catcher
Coupon Winner
Deal Alert Coupon Codes
Dealspl.us

Andrew December 8, 2008 at 6:14 am

Check out CouponAlbum for best online coupons

FF December 8, 2008 at 8:40 am

This is a fantastic post! I am always very interested in saving up money, every little bit counts and eventually it will add up to quite a bit if we are lucky. I saw some great sites here! Thank you.

Mavix December 8, 2008 at 11:09 am

Checkout Couponalbum.com for some great online coupon codes!

Zack December 10, 2008 at 3:02 pm

I agree, these sites are a great way to save a lot of money. One of my favorite sites is:

Retailsavingsonline.com

Luke December 11, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Another good deal site is bargainbum.com. They aggregate deals from a ton of different sites including some of those mentioned by other commenters.

Emiley Thacker December 12, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Thanks to everyone for your suggested sites! Next time I shop online, which I’m sure will be very soon given the season, I’ll check out the sites that you mentioned!

p palmiero December 14, 2008 at 11:22 am

FollowThatPackage.com has some great coupons as well. Both for stores you do know and stores you may not have ever heard of.

Silicon Valley Blogger December 15, 2008 at 2:01 am

@P Palmiero,

How can we trust a site that sells stuff in behalf of stores we’ve never heard of? Especially online? Not to mean any disrespect, but shopping online needs a much higher level of precaution, credibility, reputation and security as you’re not able to easily verify if the stuff you’re buying is genuine. As consumers, we all need to be extra careful when we buy through websites because we’re more vulnerable when we spend our money online.

Just make sure you’re dealing with reputable websites at all times: try to get a site’s background information, check their footprint on the web, and see if you can find what others say about the site you’re buying from.

John December 21, 2008 at 8:49 pm

As consumers, we are all trying to make do and get as much as possible for each dollar spent. Lately my family and I have been doing more research before buying anything, and have also done more online shopping and looked harder for better deals. We have not stopped spending, however.

One of the online sites we have found to be useful is: uberi.com

They do have some interesting bargains listed that are not available even on price search engines. We were able to get more for each dollar. Hope that’s useful info for some.

Oh, and to Silicon Valley Blogger’s comment, as far as I could tell (and I know web technology well), Uberi doesn’t appear to be affiliated with any merchant either. (You even see them making fun of some major retailers every now and then for their prices, but they still post them when there are specific items at pretty amazing prices.)

Matt December 24, 2008 at 4:40 am

I found a few good coupons and non-coupon discounts on CouponTrunk.

It doesn’t have every store you might be looking for, but enough to find some great deals.

John Nguyen December 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Sites like these are great ways to save money especially in this economic downturn we are in. Another site that I like to use for coupons is Upromise. This site not only gives coupon and promotion codes but also lets you save some money for college with each purchase. I find it useful as a college student and I thought I would add a link to the site to inform you and your visitors of another great online coupon site.

Jill P January 6, 2009 at 9:46 am

Hey All,

Coupon sites are a great way to save money… and some posts are good to mention that it’s a tough game to decide which site is credible. I wanted to share fabuloussavings.com with everyone. I have used this site before and love it! I found out that they are on of the places that have retailer approved coupons- which means they are updated and approved by most retailers. Also, they just added more retailers and continue to every day. I love reading about new sites that can save you money, and I just wanted to share mine with you.

Cheers.

shelly wagar January 6, 2009 at 10:38 pm

These sites can really help you save.

reizit January 9, 2009 at 9:34 am

e-commerce is getting more and more popular. this creates the need of having good tools to help shoppers make right decisions while buying online. reizit.com is a place where shoppers can recommend or bury a product, share experience and discuss shopping deals.

Generic Web Dude January 10, 2009 at 5:37 pm

I have looked at all of the coupon sites listed above, but I prefer CouponCrib for the simple layout. I have visited a few coupon sites that just overwhelm my eyes and I get lost. I guess it all comes down to personal preference. I have come to the conclusion that most coupon sites all have the same coupons anyway.

Akram January 26, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Before you go to the supermarket, simply visit this Printable Coupons page here at clickmycoupon.com, select your favorite name-brand coupons, and print.

Carolyn January 29, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Anytime I get new coupon sites I bookmark them. They are great for saving money here and there, trading with friends. The print off ones are getting more popular than waiting for snail mail.

Greg January 31, 2009 at 1:00 pm

My biggest problem with sites that allow anyone to post coupons, like retailmenot, is that many users end up wasting time trying to use coupons that don’t work for a variety of reasons. The biggest reason is that the codes have already expired. I like CouponCrib because all of the coupon codes are verified to be working with the merchants. No wasted time trying expired coupons or codes that don’t work because users have entered them wrong.

Emily February 3, 2009 at 1:25 pm

I find coupon sites and forward the link to friends. I wish there were more coupons for Canadians. Some sites have a section for Canada only. Another type of coupon are the ones you print right off the internet. I suggest to have a section for these.

KD February 6, 2009 at 8:19 pm

I am often on the lookout for savings on tech gear. I like DealDogs.net because you can get email alerts by category so you only get alerts on what you are looking for. It also includes product videos as well as detailed information about the products.

sammiekat February 7, 2009 at 7:11 pm

The coupon site I frequent the most is Dealio.com which in my opinion, should be added to the list. I get all of my online coupon codes and printable coupons from them. I also compare prices on specific products. If you join their site, you can also add coupons and vote on your favorite ones.

Tom February 12, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Great stuff. I’ll most definitely make use of these coupons.

Due Dads March 7, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Thank you for saving me money. :)

Mia March 27, 2009 at 11:16 am

There are a ton of coupon websites out there that pretty much do the same thing. I like couponcowgirl.com because of a large selection and easy navigation. Plus it’s a fun site.

MarcelDoel April 23, 2009 at 3:34 am

Hi,

I thumbs up for retailmenot.com for good coupons…

You can also see some good bargain sites such as

fatwallet
techbargains
cheapdeals101

for good bargains…

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Homedad May 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm

A great site to get free prescription drug coupons is Drugzoo.com. With this service, there is no need to wait for a coupon from the doctor or in the mail.

JaneP. May 28, 2009 at 9:30 am

Thanks Homedad for the tip to Drugzoo.com. I will definitely look into it for my prescription drugs.

Jennie June 2, 2009 at 10:24 am

if you like shoes like I do, don’t miss shoebuycoupon.net. I saved over $100 using that site just this weekend. the guy takes the time to organize all shoebuy coupons so they are much easier to find and use

Dan June 3, 2009 at 7:42 pm

You might want to consider coupon code search engine drasticdeals.com.

Coupon Mom June 5, 2009 at 8:41 am

A couple of other coupon sites worth checking out are keepcash.com and discountcode.net.

Chat June 19, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Another good site is Savings.com. I noticed an article recently written about them in Forbes.

Moniker June 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm

DealBandy.com is an online coupon and deals community where users exchange free coupons and deals. Users wishing to save money request a deal or coupon for a product, service or store. Other users are paid cash commission for answering deal requests or for uploading coupons and deals.

Alsie July 27, 2009 at 7:31 pm

If anyone knows of a site where I can order grocery coupons that are mailed to me, I’d be so appreciative. Please email me at alsiemae@gmail.com if you know of a place like that. I know of one in Florida but am looking for an alternative. Thanks in advance. I REALLY appreciate it!

Dave September 10, 2009 at 5:03 am

Hello,

This is what we need guys. Can I add my site couponsaver.org to let the readers know that I am here to help?

I am sure they will benefit from my site.

Many thanks,

Dave

Blastoff Network October 31, 2009 at 8:33 am

I use fatwallet.com a lot for godaddy promo codes. Thanks for the list.

bella86 November 2, 2009 at 11:51 am

I use pocketdeal.com for both coupons and deals. They’re well organized, have a friendly interface and update everyday. I’m pro user-friendly websites…

bella86 November 2, 2009 at 11:53 am

oh, and i also found priceant.com for comparing prices :) it’s an interesting website. And i just bought my grandma’s favorite book on a price comparison website for books.

Mark Minks | MoneyJibe Personal Finance November 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Many sites across the web feature free online coupons and they’re an excellent way to save money. At MoneyJibe.com, we provide free online coupons, money saving tips and money making ideas to help people make more money and keep more of what they make.

John January 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm

As a savvy online shopper, i use many coupon services to save money online. My favorite is couponsmaster.com.

couponmommy April 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I get my coupons from shopgala.com. The coupon codes I get from Shopgala are up to date and I always find offers for the items I need on their site.

M Director April 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Great list. I would like to suggest another good website about coupon codes. It is couponshouse.com. It has a huge list of discount codes with daily updates.

Enjoy!

Handla April 27, 2010 at 9:16 am

Simply awesome stuff! Here in Sweden the list of shopping coupons are not nearly as good.

wewuefoo April 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I think this is an interesting list. I would like to suggest another good website about coupon codes and shopping rewards. It is couponsavemore.com. It has a huge list of discount codes and stores with daily updates and no minimum payout.

Rebecca September 1, 2010 at 7:58 pm

This is a really great list – thanks for sharing! I appreciate this coverage as I’m always looking for coupon sites. I’m always eager to save! It’s always good to look for coupons and rewards for online shopping. Why not save when you spend?

ethan September 2, 2010 at 11:10 am

WalletBoost.com has added tons of coupons and offers. The main advantage of WB is the fact that we only display coupons and offers that works. No junk coupons. Only 100% verified offers!

Silicon Valley Blogger September 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

@Ethan
I checked WalletBoost.com but it looks like there’s a lot of work to be done. It’s not quite as developed as I’d like to see — the design is off and needs to be polished.

Jayman October 22, 2010 at 12:43 am

Great information! I like using coupons — who doesn’t?

DM November 18, 2010 at 7:30 am

I really like CouponFetch.com … they even list future coupon deals so I can plan ahead with my holiday shopping and save the most money possible!

Tanya December 30, 2010 at 1:43 am

Another great website that has reliable coupons is coupongravy.com and usually has some of the most discounted coupon codes. I found some really great coupon codes for Christmas shopping and after Christmas sales.

Dan January 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm

couponfan.com is one of my personal favorites…cleanest site out of all the ones anyone has mentioned on this page. Take a look for yourself!

Cheers,
D

Stanley Waterhouse January 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm

There are quite a few coupon sites around now but I think my favourite is RetailMeNot as that site usually has a good selection of working coupons, but for even more bargains there are other online shopping sites that let you compare prices, thus helping you find the cheapest deals in town. It’s even better when you find the best price using the price comparison tools then getting a further discount with the help of a coupon code – but in my experience of buying online it doesn’t happen too often but when it does, be sure to take advantage of it!

Kyle January 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Hi SVB, great post, I can’t believe I never stumbled upon it before. If it is Ok with you, I will go ahead and throw my online coupon site in the ring. It is rather-be-shopping.com and I have been helping online shoppers save money for over 10 years, Wow, that is crazy to think about. Thanks for the consideration!

cosplay April 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm

SVB, you have cut dealpl.us.

cerave coupon May 23, 2011 at 5:29 am

Just stopping by to say thank you for the fantastic information you are providing here. I am sure this saves a lot of money and time.

Thanks, Emily

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