En español | With so many of us cutting back on spending, clipping coupons is a more important money-saving strategy than ever. And thanks to the Internet, your coupon options now extend far beyond the Sunday newspaper circular. There are online coupons, for national brands and specific stores, that you can print, clip and redeem. Special offer codes you enter when shopping online. Discounts that link to your store loyalty card for paperless access. And an increasing number of websites providing heavily discounted, prepaid offers on everything from restaurant meals to massages and skydiving lessons.
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Today, couponing is less a chore than an intriguing online computer game, combining the pleasures of the hunt and the thrill of catching a great deal, with real money on the line. Here's how to join the action.
Traditional Coupons Gone Digital
National brands and retailers are increasingly using the Internet for coupon distribution, especially when it comes to groceries and casual restaurants. In fact, familiar Sunday circular providers including Redplum and SmartSource have developed websites with printable coupons. High-quality sites including Coupons.com, Coolsavings.com, Coupon Network and more offer online coupons for name-brand products. And major retailers including Walmart, Target and Staples now offer printable coupons at their websites.
One time-saving strategy for streamlining your search is visiting coupon enthusiast sites, which highlight hot deals and compile clickable lists of offers from multiple sources. WeUseCoupons.com is one good choice, with a Coupon Database that can be searched by description and sorted by source. A recent search for "Crest," for example, turned up discounts on a variety of Crest-brand tooth care products, including manufacturer coupons from Procter & Gamble along with store-specific offers from Kroger and Target. Other sites worth visiting: The Krazy Coupon Lady, Mommy Saves Big and Coupon Geek.