Are you thinking outside of the newspaper for free money? Turn to the Internet for savings before buying anything.
I make five quick stops to find deep discounts:
- Your Favorite Search Engine
Type the store's name in the search box followed by the words "coupons" or "coupon codes" to find websites with discount codes.
- Store's Website
Many stores post coupons on their site for in-store and online purchases. I've saved $15 on shipping, 50% on shirts and taken advantage of buy one, get one free deals on everything from toothpaste to toys.
- Manufacturer's Website
Companies have improved on posting coupons on their sites. Visit the brand's website as well as the parent company's site to make sure you're finding all of the coupons available.
eBay allows sellers to list their coupons since most manufacturers don't have restrictions on transfers. I've bought a $25 off coupon for office supplies for $2 and coupons adding up to $50 of savings on baby items for $4. I used every one of those coupons too!
If I can't find a coupon, I turn to Twitter. With so many moms using the social networking site, I can tell them what I'm looking for and if they know where I can find a coupon. I've been told who has the lowest price, who's accepting double coupons and which sites have printable coupons.
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