It’s rare for me to shop online (or anywhere else for that matter – I am not a shopper!) but it does happen. And I’ve learned that it’s always worth the extra 30 seconds or so to search for a coupon before I click on the buy button. Last week, I had to order checks. Yep, old-fashioned paper checks. We use about one check every two months these days, but on the rare occasion when we do need one, there isn’t another alternative. I could order them from our credit union for 50 cents a check (yikes!) but I decided it made more sense to order them online and get a box full – even if it will take us twenty years to use up that box.
Before I ordered them, I went to Coupon Cactus and found a coupon for $2 off a box of checks from Checks In The Mail. It literally took me about 30 seconds to go to the site, find the code, and get back over to the check site and enter my code. I will happily spend 30 seconds to save $2, and I’ve found that just about everything I buy online has some sort of coupon available.
In general, I don’t tend to use the sort of paper coupons that come in the Sunday newspaper. I don’t buy many of those products anyway, and I’m more likely to forget about a coupon in my purse than I am to use it. But online coupons – like Walmart coupons, for example – are a different story. They’re constantly being updated, there’s nothing to print or carry around, and you can search for exactly what you need. I never buy anything online anymore without checking first to see if there’s a coupon available, and most of the time, I end up saving at least a couple dollars. If you haven’t already started using sites like Coupon Cactus, check it out next time you’re shopping online.