Mar 13, 2013

Tips on How to Use Online Coupon Codes

 
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Online shopping is the easiest way to get shopping done. Relaxing at home in front of a computer is much less stressful than going to packed stores who may or may not have everything in stock. Plus, online shops often offer incredible discounts using online coupons. 
How to use coupon codes

What are Coupon Codes 

Coupons are used when shopping for nearly any item. Coupon codes work in a similar fashion. Instead of using a paper or having to clip coupons, codes are used when making purchases on the Internet. Much like traditional stores, nearly every online shop accepts coupon codes. These codes can grant discounts on merchandise, free products, or free shipping. By finding the best codes online before shopping, these incredible deals can be used over and over again! 

How to Use Online Coupon Codes 

Many people wonder how to use coupon codes. The method of entering in the codes will vary from online shop to shop. The most common method involves putting the items in the shopping cart and then entering the code upon check out. Some shops will not allow the codes to be entered into the final confirmation screen. 

Some online shops will only allow one code to be entered in per transaction, although some will allow multiple codes provided that all the prerequisites for using them are met. For example, if the coupon is a buy one get one free deal, the shopper would need to buy two in order to get two free. While this isn't the case for all shops, it is a wise idea to try multiple codes before making multiple purchases. 

If unsure how to use the coupon code, check the website’s help section. Most online shops will include instructions on how to use the codes in order to receive discounts. By checking these procedures, shoppers can save a lot of time. 

Getting the Best Coupon Codes 

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There are many simple ways to find coupon codes. Usually, websites will have an set up to communicate with their customers on a regular basis. These newsletters will often include special codes and offers that can be used on a future purchase. Sometimes these codes will expire so it is important to use many different methods to get the newest and best codes.
 
Following favorite stores
Facebook and Twitter are excellent sources for coupon codes. By friending or following favorite stores, shoppers will routinely receive exclusive codes. These codes are sometimes limited but offer bigger discounts and deals when compared to many of the coupon codes shoppers find online. 

How to Get Better Deals 

Look For an Online Code
It is important to always look for an online code whenever checking out. If there is a promotional code box on the check out screen, that is a clear indication that a code exists. Searching for a promotional code online is easy and can be done on many different websites that catalogue available and working codes. 

Save more by Combining Purchases

Using coupons to stock up on items is also important. Sometimes by purchasing multiple items, shoppers will qualify for a bigger discount. Percentages off sometimes increase when used to by more merchandise or more free products may be added to the order. Sometimes combining purchases with a friend can be beneficial and help shoppers save further on shipping.
 
Take Advantage of Free Shipping
Shipping is one of the biggest ways online retailers make money. When available, find codes that offer free or discounted shipping in order to save further. Never pay high amounts for shipping! Most online shops will automatically discount or give free shipping when a purchase hits a certain amount. 

Copmare Coupon Codes
Comparing codes is very important for saving money. Just like comparing prices in a store, comparing prices and coupons among competing online stores is a great way to get the best discounts and free products. Because online competition can be very fierce, companies are always trying to outdo one another which can be very beneficial to the shopper. View codes and discounts side by side if available and choose the best ones to shop with. 

Never spend a dime on online codes!
Lastly, never spend a dime on online codes! Some websites will trick shoppers into believing that the only way to save money is by spending money. Many of these types of websites are simply looking to make money by providing codes that can likely be found elsewhere for free. These websites will often ask for shopper information as well, and that information is usually sold to other companies or used to get the shopper to buy other products they may not need. Coupons are designed to entice shoppers to go to the online store and shouldn't cost anything.
 
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