If you enjoy saving money but have avoided utilizing coupons because finding them seems too time-consuming, you could be losing out on significant savings.
“No matter what you buy, a coupon will almost certainly save you money,” said Linsay Thomas, a guest finance expert with DealsPlus, a bargain and coupon website. “You can save a few hundred dollars a year by using just a couple (of) coupons per week.”
Couponing isn’t as difficult or time-consuming as you may believe. While shopping, you may easily locate promotional codes and printable coupons online or on mobile apps, and you should use them to save money on these things.
You can nearly always find a coupon for a discount on garments whether you’re shopping for women’s, men’s, or children’s clothing, according to Howard Schaffer, the former general manager of Offers.com.
The usual discount varies from 15% to 25%, but on major shopping holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can get coupons for 50% off or more, he said.
Clothing coupons are more likely to be found at JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and Sears. “You may save more money when you shop online at these companies,” Schaffer added, “since many of them have greater bargains or coupons for online consumers.”
Visit clothing stores’ websites, sign up for retailer emails, visit discount sites like DealsPlus, Offers.com, and Rather-Be-Shopping, and use mobile applications like Coupon Sherpa to locate coupons and coupons codes in general.
You may avoid paying full price for shoes by using coupons. Finish Line and Kohl’s, for example, both provide coupons for brand discounts and percentages off full purchases, according to Schaffer.
Members of several shoe stores’ loyalty programs are entitled to special discounts. DSW, for example, has a tier rewards program that allows customers to accumulate points that can be used to pay for future purchases and products.
It also provides members with exclusive discounts and coupons.
“DSW already offers discounted designer shoes, but I only shop there after receiving their $20 off $49 or more coupon,” said Kendal Perez, a former Coupon Sherpa savings expert. “Rewards members receive these discounts around twice a year in the mail.”
According to Josh Elledge, CEO of SavingsAngel, “never buy jewelry without a discount.” “Because jewelry is already heavily marked up, you should not only use a coupon, but you should also schedule your purchases to coincide with fantastic deals and clearance offers.”
During holiday sales events, you’ll find jewelry at a discount. Then, he claims, you can easily save more than 60% off the standard retail price by using a coupon.
Elledge suggests going to RetailMeNot to get coupons for jewelry stores and retailers that offer jewelry. If you shop online, you might be able to get cashback with Swagbucks if you shop at certain merchants, he added.
Make your money work for you by putting it to good use.
4. Meals in Restaurants
Coupons can help you save money whether you eat out frequently or infrequently. Perez suggested that you look through your mail for deals from local restaurants.
Alternatively, check out Valpak for local coupons and Groupon for restaurant bargains. On sites like Coupon Sherpa, you can also find coupons for chain eateries.
Perez, for example, said she uses a Coupon Sherpa coupon for $1 off a Quiznos sandwich or salad on days when she doesn’t bring her lunch to work.
“Never pay full price for pizza,” Thomas said. “Pizza franchises like Round Table, Papa John’s, Domino’s, and Pizza Hut are always running specials.” She claims that even local pizza joints provide coupons.
On sites like DealsPlus, you can get pizza coupons all year, but around holidays and the Super Bowl, you’ll find even more, according to Thomas. From 15% off orders to free pizzas, there’s something for everyone.
6. Car washes
Coupons for local businesses like car washes may often be found in monthly mailers, Valpak mailers, or through Coupon Sherpa’s app, which pulls in local coupons from a variety of sources, according to Perez.
Another good source of local service coupons is Groupon. Perez said she bought a six-pack of car washes from a local car wash shop using Groupon as a gift for her father, who enjoys using the service during the winter months.
7. Professional Dry Cleaning
Because there are few national or even regional dry-cleaning chains, small cleaners compete fiercely for consumers, according to Mike Catania, founder of PromotionCode.org.
If you download the Yelp app, you may search for dry cleaners that are giving discounts using the filter option. He claims that doing so will result in a large number of coupons for buy one, get one free, or $1 per garment bargains for first-time consumers.
“However, the real benefit comes when you pick up your first order,” Catania explained. “To keep you coming back, the paper on the wire hanger will generally have printed coupons that rival or even exceed the first-time coupons.”
Coupons can also be found on the websites of dry cleaners, according to Perez. She saved 25% at a local dry cleaner by exhibiting a coupon from the company’s website, for example.
Make your money work for you by putting it to good use.
8. Oil Changes
Kyle James, CEO of Rather-Be-Shopping, advises, “Never get an oil change without a coupon.” “It’s not a large amount of money, but it adds up over the life of your vehicle.”
This is especially true if you get your oil changed at Jiffy Lube, where a $5 discount coupon is frequently available.
9. Automobile Rentals
On their sites or sites like RetailMeNot or Groupon, several car rental firms and holiday booking sites provide discount coupons. RetailMeNot now has a discount of up to 35% off Budget and Avis car rentals.
10. Ride-Sharing Services
It’s no secret that Uber rates are less expensive than the average cab, but using a coupon can make the service even more affordable.
If you’ve never used Uber, a coupon from Offers.com will save you $15 on your first journey. A Lyft coupon for $15 off your first ride is also available on the website.
11. Items for the Arts and Crafts
You’re overspending if you don’t stop using a coupon at a craft store, according to James. Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabric & Craft Stores, and Michaels, for example, always have coupons for at least 40% off any one regularly priced item, he added.
To discover coupons, check online for the store’s name or ask an employee for one, as most establishments have some on hand, according to James. You can also use the store’s applications to find coupons and present them at the register for discounts.
12. Household items
Look for coupons from home goods and department stores instead of paying full price for cookware, dinnerware, small kitchen equipment, and home decorations.
According to Brent Shelton of BFAds.net, Bed Bath & Beyond, for example, gives a 20% discount if you sign up to receive the retailer’s emails.