Friday, May 27, 2016

Frugal Friday: Online Shopping with Coupon Codes

Long gone (or few and far between) are the days when I could walk around the mall (or Target) with a Starbucks Coffee and shop. Did those days ever really exist? Now it's a hustle because I'm pressed for time or I am toting around small children.

Online shopping has changed drastically in the last decade or so. You can buy almost anything online. You can arrange for free shipping, shipping to store, store pick up....ship it to a friend or to a vacation spot. Amazon Prime has completely changed my life. You can order just about anything and get it within two days for FREE. Never mind all the other benefits! We had an entire post to review all the benefits - and they are still adding them! If you haven't tried it - get your free trial and give it a go.

But I digress... One of the biggest benefits to online shopping, aside from not needing to leave your home, is coupon codes. Many brick-and-mortar stores have coupons, but you have to get the newspaper, or sign up for their emails and be on the lookout. Many of these coupons have an online code printed on them. There are hundreds - probably thousands - of websites dedicated to listing all these codes. It can be quite exhausting to go through.....

Have no fear - it can be so much easier! A few weeks ago, I found a browser add-on called Honey. Honey finds and (on most sites) auto applies coupon codes to your order. The first time I used Honey was on Old Navy. Old Navy allows the use of multiple coupon codes - Honey found and applied the four best! And it's so much easier than searching and copying and pasting!

Honey even has a rewards program. It's called Honey Gold - and you can earn cash back at several stores (list here).  Of course you can still use ebates - and any credit card rewards programs you have for even more savings / cash back. If you don't have rebates, you can read about it here.

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