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Using Coupon Codes to Save Money

Unlike offline coupons that require you to bring an actual piece of paper to the store, online coupons work with codes and sometimes with special coupon links.

Many e-tailers provide a discount on your next purchase as a thank-you gift. These discount coupons or dollars-off coupons can often be used online or offline via telephone or when visiting the local store.

How do you use an online discount coupon? Place the item(s) you want in your virtual shopping cart and then enter the coupon code (which also may be called a promotion code, discount code, promotional code, source code, or promo code) during the checkout process.

A discount coupon code can dramatically reduce the amount of your purchase. Where can you find these discount codes? Go to Google, enter the merchant’s name, and search for a promotion or discount code.

Your search needs to look something like this: “Eddie Bauer Coupon.” Your search results will include Web sites that specialize in discount codes for purchases from Eddie Bauer. Make sure you read the fine print about required minimum purchases and the expiration date of the discount code. If your discount doesn’t show up prior to submitting your order, the coupon code or link may have expired.

Some of these Web sites are more efficient than others in updating their content. Some of them also have more-comprehensive lists of e-tailers. Consequently, you may have to check one or two Web sites before you find the right discount code for your purchase. Here are a few examples of Web sites that specialize in discount codes:

  • CouponMountain offers discount codes for hundreds of e-tailers. If you haven’t used a discount code before, try the Web site’s five-step tour. CouponMountain is a clean, well-organized Web site that’s been helping online shoppers save money since 2001.

  • selects, compares, and verifies Web-based coupons so you don’t have to. The Web site is arranged so that you can search by merchant name, product or service category, and discount coupon popularity. You can even set up e-mail alerts so you can automatically receive coupons from your favorite merchants.

  • FindSavings provides a centralized and easy-to-use portal that aims to enhance your online shopping experience by offering users a single interface with access to products from more than 300 merchants and to promotional discounts and coupons that aren’t normally accessible to users.

  • offers online sales, coupons, and deals. The front page looks cluttered, but it has everything you need for finding a wide variety of stores, deals, and expiration dates.

    Get discount codes from CouponMountain without taking the time to register.
    Get discount codes from CouponMountain without taking the time to register.
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