Thursday, July 30, 2009

Coupon clickers gaining up on clippers

Online coupons are gaining popularity as more and more consumers abandon both the news paper industry as well as the paper versions and only seek the coupons they need, when they need it online. Some things just make sense.



Clipping coupons with a click
Discounts are more important to shoppers than ever in this tight economy, and one of the best places to find deals from major retailers is at your fingertips.

Online coupons are gaining popularity fast. Almost 60% of shoppers are using coupons more often to cut expenses, according to a recent survey from market-research firm comScore Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!scor/quotes/nls/scor (SCOR 14.60, +0.10, +0.69%) . About one of every three respondents said they use the Web to find printable coupons and promotional codes; visits to these sites grew 46% year-over-year as of December 2008, comScore reported.


Also consider:
Coupons Go Paperless on Twitter
Andrea Gillespie is on to something. "Actually I got this purse for 30 percent off for twittering the designer."

Forget paper coupons or ripping coupons. Many businesses are passing on paper coupons and are advertising for free on social networking sites like Twitter.

On Chicago's first coupon feed, Merchant Circle sends out daily coupon tweets to followers for thousands of Chicago businesses.

Mario Alonso says opening a tanning business in a not-so-hot economy has been hard. He looked at all advertising options and concluded: "You can't beat free. We are able to change the coupons on a constant basis."


Some dinosaur MSM media dish out old fashioned advice though:
MSNBC: Save now! 10 tips to be a better coupon sleuth
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1. Remember those nice, old-fashioned coupons in your local paper.
2. Use child labor if you just don’t feel like clipping.
3. Remain alert for discount opportunities as you shop online.
4. Check reputable coupon-code sites. [only 4th - after manually browsing through paper, for me it's the opposite - as to many others]
5. Seek out free shipping
6. Register with your favorite retailers — but check the privacy policy first
7. Don’t forget to check clearance and sale sections.
8. Study that final check-out screen carefully.
9. Look for coupon codes in unexpected places.
10. Seek out coupons for out-of-the-ordinary purchases.


MSNBC were nice enough to make a propre list of online coupon sites, not bad:
try CurrentCodes.com and DealHunting.com, where codes are regularly verified and updated. Other sites that are worth checking include FatWallet.com, CouponChief.com, CouponMountain.com, Rather-Be-Shopping.com, RetailMeNot.com, Offers.com, CouponShack.com and Valpak.com
Happy frugal shopping,

Cheers!

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