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Coupon Websites to Help You Save

Posted by cfeehan on September 25, 2015

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Everybody likes saving money. Whether it comes to food, vacations, or services, there’s one thing we can agree on – we all love a good deal. Ever since Coca-Cola introduced the first coupon in 1888, these wonderful money-saving wonders have been changing our lives for the cheaper. And now, since we have the handy World Wide Web at our disposal, coupons have become even more accessible. There are whole websites dedicated to providing consumers with the newest coupons for the best brands in the business; learn about some of the best ones below!

Red Flag Deals

Red Flag Deals looks like your classic coupon site at first glance. On the home page, you’re greeted with a bunch of pictures with captions outlining the deals being offered, so it’s pretty user-friendly! There are also different drop-down menus for easy navigation, but most of the good coupons are under the “Deals” tab. Some of the categories include Computers and Electronics, Beauty and Wellness, and Kids and Babies.

Something I liked about Red Flag Deals was that it has a tab for local flyers, which is great if you don’t get them delivered to your house (the student demographic, for example). This tab includes up-to-date flyers for grocery stores, apparel stores, and fitness stores. It also has a “Forums” section, where you can go to chat with people in your area about good local deals!

Tip: Always click the “Freebies” button under deals! This section is exclusively for free stuff, so there’s no “buy one get one” catch, or the like. There isn’t always a good find, but every once in a while, you’ll stumble upon something great! Like today, for example, I found out that on Saturday, September 26th (tomorrow), Cinnabon is giving away FREE Minibons at all Canadian locations between 11am and 1pm! You’ll also generally find lots of free samples and computer games in this section.

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Groupon

Groupon is a coupon website that isn’t quite as concerned with big-name brands as some of the other sites, but puts an emphasis on local businesses in your area instead. You just have to put your city into the search bar and you’re good to go! It’s great if you want to try a new local restaurant at a huge discount (sometimes over 50% off), try out a new activity or class (such as a group painting class or sailing adventure), or get a great deal on an event in your area, like a sporting event or concert. And yes, they still have coupons, or “Groupons”, for products as well – like huge discounts on laptops, fitness trackers, jewelry, and kitchen appliances.

One of my favourite things about Groupon, though, is its travel, or “Getaway” section. I still can’t quite grasp how they can sell vacation packages for so cheap. For example, there’s one package online now for a limited time featuring a 10-day vacation to Beijing and Shanghai, with airfare INCLUDED, as well as hotel accommodations, for just $799. That’s amazing!! If you happen to be interested, check it out here. If not, there are always a ton of other amazing options.

Tip: If I’m ever on vacation in a new city, I like to check Groupon to see if there are deals on the activities I was going to do anyways. For example, Groupon often has coupons for up to 50% off bus and walking tours in big tourist cities, which is a huge money-saver. I always feel like I have a secret when I conveniently pull out my Groupon on my phone, knowing that I’ve paid way less than everyone else for the exact same service!

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RetailMeNot

RetailMeNot is like Red Flag Deals, but a bit prettier. Its home page is bright and colourful, and has only two navigation tabs so it’s very simple to figure out. It has a “Today’s Top Coupons” section, so you should never miss out on the trending deals! The “Browse by Categories” tab presents you with all of the types of coupons beside little illustrated icons, so it’s very easily laid out. There are a ton of categories as well, so you should be able to find what you need! There’s also a “Popular Stores” section at the bottom, so something may catch your eye there.

Just like Groupon, it has a travel section, but it isn’t nearly of the same caliber. It doesn’t have travel packages advertised, but it does include coupons like “$100 off vacation packages over $1000” from Orbitz, or “up to 40% off New York vacation bookings” from Travelocity. So they’re definitely still useful!

Tip: I couldn’t find it at first, but RetailMeNot also has a Freebies section – just type “freebies” into the search bar and it’ll take you there!

More Coupon Site Tips

  • Be aware that sometimes you have to print coupons off and sometimes you just have to show your phone – look into this before you go to the store, so you’re not caught in an awkward situation.
  • Also, make sure to check the expiry date of your coupons before you get to the store!
  • If I can’t find what I’m looking for on a coupon site, I’ll try simply typing the name of the store I want to go to followed by the word “coupons” into Google.  For example, I would type “Zehrs coupons” right into the Google search bar. I almost always find some this way!
  • Check coupon sites early in the month, because this is when the best deals are likely to come out.

The power of couponing is now in your hands. Use it wisely!

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Caitlin Feehan, Blogger & Editor


Converse have been my footwear of choice for the past 9 years, I’m convinced that all doors and sidewalks are conspiring against me, and I enjoy sticking my head out of the passenger window on long car rides.