How to Use Coupon Codes and Promo Links

Easy Steps to Saving Money With Coupon Codes When Shopping Online

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Using online coupon codes or promo links when shopping online is similar to using paper coupons or shopping the sales at your local stores. But unlike paper coupons that you hand to a cashier to redeem, online stores have a code to enter during checkout that relates to a specific discount and that amount is subtracted from the total purchase.

How do I redeem a "linked" coupon or product?

A linked coupon does not have an actual coupon code to activate the promotion, but instead a special link.

When you click the link to the online store, you will get the discount automatically when you check out.

How do I redeem a coupon code?

Depending on the online store, there are a few different places to enter the coupon code. In some cases, the coupon can be entered in the shopping cart, before checking out. Other times, the coupon is entered on the order review page prior to checkout. Look around carefully for the coupon code (also called a promo codes) "submit" area before completing a purchase from an online store.

What if I don't see any place to put the code?

Check and see if the website has a FAQ (frequently asked questions) section for an answer to the question. Often times you can find it on the "Customer Service" section of a website. If you do not see it anywhere on the site, call and ask the the customer service representative  to explain to your how to use coupon codes on the website.

How do I know if a  coupon code is working?

Usually the merchant will have a page showing how much you are being charged for the merchandise, how much is being discounted because you submitted your discount code, and any shipping fees that may be applied. This should show on an order page before you submit approval of the charges.

If you enter the coupon code and do not see the discount on the order review page, try contacting customer service.

How do I know if a "linked promotion" is working?

Generally a linked promotion will take you directly to the product that is being promoted at a special price or the page that advertises the discount. If it does not then look for it on your order page before you accept the transaction as a desired purchase.

What if the coupon code us not working?

Many times online stores will omit an expiration date for a coupon code so that it  can be closely monitored and changed or discontinued quickly.  Online stores may alter or discontinue any promotion at any time. If a coupon does not work, it is best to look for another code.

Can I use inline coupons in my local stores?

Local stores are not obligated to honor online deals unless the promotion specifically states otherwise. If you print out the offer and bring it to the store, some stores will honor it as a courtesy to you. It all depends on the deal and which store it is but it never hurts to ask!

Can I double up on coupon deals by using more than one at time?

Most coupon codes specify that only one promotion can be used per transaction or per item purchased. You can get extra savings however, by looking for a rebate on the item that you purchased with a coupon code. Rebates are fairly plentiful on electronic devices, computers, software and home improvement items. If you cannot find one online, contact the merchant and find out if one is available for the item you wish to purchase.

This sounds great! But how do I find coupon codes for my favorite stores?

One way to find out if your favorite stores have an active coupon code is by visit the forums of your favorite coupons sites. There is a lot of great information on the boards, but you must act fast. I've purchased a couple of printers, two scanners, an executive office chair, a wireless mouse and keyboard for under $60.00 by watching the forums, finding applicable coupon codes and links and then following up with the rebates.

Using a search engine to find coupon codes is also a good approach. Typing in the name of  the store and the word coupon, or coupon codes in a search engine, such as Google, will result in pages that have the online store's coupon codes listed.

For instance, if you are looking for a coupon code for a purchase that you want to make at the Ann Taylor online store, doing a search for "Ann Taylor Coupon Code" will result in several pages that have coupon codes for for Ann Taylor.

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