If you shop online, you’ve probably noticed a box on the checkout page of most retailers’ websites asking if you have a discount or promotional code. These underused codes provide additional savings of up to 50 percent on your purchases, or free or upgraded shipping.
So how do you get them?
Several websites provide the skinny on promotional codes. RetailMeNot.com provides promotional codes and coupons for some 20,000 online and bricks-and-mortar stores and tracks the success of redeeming posted codes by other users. CouponChief.com offers similar services, as well as a program that pays users for coupons they find and add to the website.
CurrentCodes.com gives the inside scoop on deals from scores of lesser-known retailers as well as the big ones. And FreeShipping.org offers coupons, promotional codes and shipping deals for more than 1,000 stores.
Sid Kirchheimer is a freelance writer who lives near Philadelphia.