How to find discount codes for (almost) everything you buy
Just because you don't have a promo code at the ready doesn't mean you can't find one before clicking Submit Order. The key is knowing when and where to look.
You know the old saying: nothing ventured, nothing discounted. Or something like that.
If you buy a lot of stuff online, you've no doubt experienced the pang of longing that occurs when faced with a Discount/Promotion Code box on an e-tailer's checkout page. If only you had a code, maybe you'd save a few bucks. Or even score free shipping.
Before you click Submit Order, it pays to spend a few minutes code-searching. There might just be one out there waiting for you to copy and paste.
For example, I recently ordered a bunch of water filters from Filters-NOW.com. (Seriously, I buy everything online.) When I got to the checkout page, sure enough, there was the Promo Code box.
So I did what I always do: I opened a new tab, ran a quick Google search ("Filters-now code"), and looked for options from the various code-aggregating sites that appeared in the results: CouponCabin, Dealspl.us, RetailMeNot, Savings.com, and so on.
Sure enough, I found a 10-percent-off coupon--and it worked! My minute or two of searching saved me a total of $8.36--not a fortune, but certainly worth the effort.
Now, caveat searchor: this kind of code wrangling doesn't always pay off. Sometimes I don't even find a code for the store or purchase in question, and even when I do, it might be expired or invalid.
But like they say, nothing ventured, nothing discounted. It never hurts to try. A few minutes of searching might just save you a few bucks--and maybe even more than a few. Give it a whirl the next time you buy.
And if you've scored a particularly awesome code just by searching, hit the comments and tell me how much you saved!