Last week, a co-worker mentioned, “if you ever pay full-price at GAP, you’re doing something wrong.” Guilty of buying several pairs of full-price jeans from GAP, I inquired about her philosophy. She informed me there are always sales running or, online coupons.
As highly as I’ve touted my frugal ways, I’m woefully inadequate in the art of online shopping. I don’t enjoy the process of shopping, in stores nor online. It’s really a get-in and get-out process for me; only to be resorted to when an item has become so worn out it absolutely has to be replaced. However, there is an exception to my rule, shopping for presents. Nothing gives me a thrill quite like the hunt for the perfect gift. This process has resulted in many hours of online shopping, particularly for custom made items.
I usually end up Googling for discount codes. Sometimes, I sign up for a free trial to a site just to place an order and then cancel my membership (just remember to actually cancel). But these days, finding discount codes has become an art form, probably on-par with extreme couponing. Luckily, plenty of people have tips on the best sites for finding the almighty online discount.
Here are some of the recommended sites:
- RetailMeNot – the world’s leading digital coupon marketplace.
- Honey – Google Chrome browser plugin. According to the website, “It places a non-intrusive “Find savings” button in the checkout page at hundreds of online shops. Simply click this button and Honey will automatically find and apply the coupons for you.”
- Ebates.com* – You don’t just need your credit card to earn cash back, try online Cash Back Shopping.
What are your tips for online shopping? What is the best shopping deal (online or in-store)?
*This is a referral link.