21 money-saving sites from around the web

Marshall Loeb at MarketWatch recently shared some tips for online coupon clipping:

A recent study by comScore, an Internet information provider that tracks consumer behavior, found that 53% of consumers say they regularly visit brand Web sites to find promotions.

Visiting a manufacturer's web site is a great way to find coupons (or other promotions) for products you plan to purchase. But, as Loeb notes, there are many web sites that amalgamate deals into one location so you don't have to waste time looking for them yourself. He recommends these five:

  • Coupon Mountain offers “free coupon codes, bargains and sales from more than 2,000 online stores.” No registration required.
  • Coupons.com allows users to browse current grocery coupons and then print them at home. I don't like that you have to download special software to print the coupons, though — that seems unnecessary.
  • DealCatcher “is updated daily and features coupons and deals for online merchants as well as printable coupons for local stores.”
  • Currentcodes.com “has a full-time staff of trained individuals whose only job is to find new coupon codes and discount codes and verify the accuracy of the existing database.”
  • And, of course, FatWallet is the mother of all money-saving sites. You can find online coupons and compare prices. But the heart of this site is the discussion forum. I've spent hours reading various threads here, learning great ways to save money. Highly recommended.

These aren't the only money-saving sites on the web, however. In the past, we've discussed several others here at Get Rich Slowly:

  • The Absurdly Cool Freebie Finder, an automated free-stuff aggregator designed to collect offers from top freebie sites while filtering out scams.
  • RetailMeNot is another smart source for online coupon codes. The site offers discussion forums, a Firefox extension, and a Macintosh widget.
  • Explore online grocery flyers from mygrocerydeals.com. Want to learn what's on sale this week at your local grocery store? This site has the lowdown. It also provides nutrition information for most products.
  • The Grocery Game is a for-pay site designed to maximize coupon savings through the use of an up-to-date price database. Many people love it.
  • We've also learned to check for coupons and rebates before having prescriptions filled. Discounts aren't available for every product, but it's worth your time to do some quick research because the savings can be enormous.

Over the past couple years, Get Rich Slowly readers have recommended a number of other sites for finding good deals. I haven't had a chance to explore these myself, though I hope to in the future:

  • The Coupon Clippers is “the nation's largest online grocery coupon clipping service, offering more than a million national-brand coupons at any given time in our warehouse and shipping center.”
  • Ben's Bargains tracks deals, coupon codes, rebates, and freebies.
  • Coupon Cabin provides up-to-date online coupons. View the animated demo to see how the site works.
  • Flamingo World is yet another online coupon code aggregator, but this one offers a UK version, too!
  • Ultimate Coupons offers a treasure trove of online coupons. It also features a coupon blog that highlights tips and tricks for saving money while shopping online.
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  • Slickdeals.net bills itself as “the most frequently updated and complete deal site on the web.” But rumor has it that the forums are where all the action is.
  • Dealio is “your source for the best deals on anything, anywhere. Search for deals directly from our Web site or use our arsenal of FREE deal hunting tools to find the best deals while you're on the go.”
  • Hot-Deals is “a collection of websites and RSS feeds built by deal seekers. This website is updated continuously…We only post deals that we truly feel are hot deals, which is why our users call us the most trusted deals portal site on the Internet.”
  • Techbargains offers a human-generated collection of links to “the best deals in tech”. While exploring the site, I found two great deals on products I've been wanting.
  • My brother loves Woot, an online store that sells “cool stuff” for cheap. Woot sells one geeky item every day. The site can be addictive. You've been warned.

Finally, if you purchase products online, don't forget to use PriceProtectr, the smart little web app that helps you take advantage of “price protection” guarantees.

A Word of Warning

If you visit these sites, you'll see that many offer the same services: online coupon codes, deal aggregation, rebate tracking, etc. How do you decide which one to use? I think it ultimately comes down to which interface you prefer, which site makes it easiest to find deals on the items you regularly purchase.

That last point is key: A deal is only a deal if it's a good price on something you would purchase anyhow. If a site induces you to buy something you hadn't intended to buy in the first place, it's not saving you any money. This is why I avoid sites like Woot. Yes, I know Woot offers great deals. But I'm worried that it would simply cause me to buy stuff I do not want or need.

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Kevin
Kevin
12 years ago

Wow — I’m doomed. So many sites to constantly check!

The mygrocerydeals seems like a sweet deal if there is no registration. Sounds somewhat similar to e-mealz.com (Dave Ramsey advertiser), except you pay $5 week (or something like that), and they send you a meal plan every week based on what is on sale at the grocery store. You can get a plan toward your diet, a plan for a big family, a plan for a couple, etc. My associate pastor’s wife runs it — crazy.

meoip
meoip
12 years ago

redplum.com is a coupon printing site like coupons.com. RedPlum is the company that sends out coupons in the Sunday paper.

Ron@TheWisdomJournal
12 years ago

Wow, what a list. This one HAS to be bookmarked and revisited.

Thanks JD!

Dividends4Life
Dividends4Life
12 years ago

Woot is a hoot! If you check daily you will eventually find a good deal on something that you are looking for (or something you wanted but just didn’t know it.) 😉

Best Wishes,
D4L

Jamie
Jamie
12 years ago

My Favorite is AntiRebate.

Great deals, none of them require the evil rebates.

Luke
Luke
12 years ago

dealhack.com is one of my personal favorites – it’s mostly big ticket items but they find, in my opinion, some of the best deals on the web.

daedala
daedala
12 years ago

I order stuff from the Internet a lot. (I have no car. That makes life easier.) Whenever I order from a new site, I search for the site’s name in google with “coupon” and then “promo code” (or promotional code; depends on how the site labels it. Most sites will do something for your first order.

After that, it depends on the site. Some you need to be on their mailing list to get further deals. Others still have them (alibris comes to mind) even for regulars.

Jeff@My Super-Charged Life
[email protected] Super-Charged Life
12 years ago

This is a great collection of sites! DealMac is another good one if you are looking for a deal on anything from Apple.

John
John
12 years ago

dealnews.com FTW!

Sim
Sim
12 years ago

JD, I am going to have to disagree with you on this one. There don’t help me save any money. My problem is that deal sites make me gawk over things that I do not have and cannot afford. It’s as bad as reading magazines (product placement) or watching TV.

The Tim
The Tim
12 years ago

Woot! is indeed ribs, but I should warn you that their entire business model is designed around the impulse purchase. They don’t tell you how many of the day’s product they are selling, nor how many are left, and at the stroke of midnight (central), it’s gone whether they sold out or not. Therefore, if you see something on Woot! that you think is a good deal, you’re going to be inclined to jump on it immediately, without taking time to do your research and ask yourself whether you really need it. This is somewhat counter-productive if you’re trying to… Read more »

ha3rvey
ha3rvey
12 years ago

One note: Spybod S&D flags the coupons.com BHO as adware. I removed it from my machine.

Braintrove.com
Braintrove.com
12 years ago

Cool. Another site I often watch is eDealInfo.com

Nick
Nick
12 years ago

Great list. I checked out http://www.thecouponclippers.com and while they have a nice selection, their requirments are pretty crappy. For most coupons they require you to purchase a minimum of 5 of them. For many things like cleaners and such, having 5 coupons for it really makes no sense. I know personally I may never use all 5 coupons before the expiration date. This requirment will really increase the cost of using the coupons which is counter productive.

keith
keith
12 years ago

less is more. this info isn’t useful to me when you highlight 30 sites. 5 sites would be better.

Darrell
Darrell
12 years ago

I use the same method as daedala does…..google the sitename + “coupon” or rebate. Also, if I find something on ebay and that person runs a website, contact them through their website or via phone and see if they will negotiate (many times they will). My favorite site is fatwallet. Also, keep an eye out on the retail sites for incorrect pricing: we bought a Direct TV 100 hour DVR (retail $300) for $39.99; it was supposed to be on sale for $199.99; luckily we caught the window before they discovered the error 😉

Frugal Dad
Frugal Dad
12 years ago

I was a member of Grocery Game for several weeks, but eventually dropped it because it seemed like the same things showed up on the site every week. Maybe I’ll give it another shot.

Swash
Swash
12 years ago

My favorite is not a website, but a deal search engine. It rocks.
http://www.clipfire.com
It searches all the deal sites and coupons.

Kyle
Kyle
12 years ago

Nice list. Familar with many of them, but a few new ones on there as well. No reason to pay full price when shopping online when you can find a coupon code.

Lisa Spinelli
Lisa Spinelli
12 years ago

It all becomes a bit overwhelming. When I need a coupon for something, I often google the item name and word “coupon”. Sometimes I get lucky!

Heather
Heather
12 years ago

Thanks for the amazing list – I see some new sites to check out! The Grocery Game is an expensive way to get almost the same information that is given for free on: http://www.couponmom.com/.

Baker
Baker
12 years ago

I would strongly suggest avoiding Woot if you have a shopping problem. I love the site but it has definitely led to some impulse and near impulse buys. For some reason you see a deal on there and just want to jump on it even if its something you weren’t really thinking about buying…..and then theres the Woot-offs they’re just trouble. 😉

adam
adam
12 years ago

Check out http://www.dodtracker.com
it’s awesome!

RacerX
RacerX
12 years ago

Be careful on some of the sites though. Some are email nets to hit you with mega spam. My wife has been digging out from under…

Fred
Fred
12 years ago

One of my favorites is Mr. Cheap Stuff, http://www.mrcheapstuff.com. It is not too overwhelming with deals and feature mostly quality deals.

jon
jon
12 years ago

If you are shopping for a car try http://autobrag.com. Its a search engine that lists real car prices so you know what to pay when you visit the dealership.

MMJ
MMJ
12 years ago

Greats sites mentioned, but I don’t see eBates. It is similar to Fatwallet, but no forums. I compare rebate %s on both sites before making a purchase.

just learnin'
just learnin'
12 years ago

I’ll have to go over your list again. Two of my favourites are http://clearlycontacts.ca (I’ll never buy my contacts from a doctors office again, after discovering I could get them here for a fraction of a cost with free shipping for larger orders) and http://www.diyplanner.com an online community which gives away a wide range of free productivity/organizational templates for all manner of planners. Many say they are more professional than ones you will pay through the teeth for.

pk
pk
12 years ago

There is new one, 123deals.com

anon
anon
12 years ago

http://www.hotcouponworld.com is my favorite! And totally free (and friendly!)

Miranda
Miranda
12 years ago

Another site to check out is http://www.dentalpricecompare.com. It gives prices for dental procedures based on your zip code. That way you can know how much that root canal is really supposed to cost.

sean
sean
11 years ago

Another site to try would be http://www.promotionalcodes.org.uk – as the name suggests this is focused on UK websites and shops.

Jay
Jay
11 years ago

Another site to try would be http://www.twitsavings.com. Saving money the Twitter way

Chaz Greene
Chaz Greene
10 years ago

You can also check out http://www.couponsaver.org to search from a selection of over a thousand coupons for your online shopping. The coupon list are updated daily.

Davis
Davis
10 years ago

Great list. I’d like to recommend http://www.onewayshopping.com. The site is not only focussed on price comparison, but also lists the latest deals online.

Karlo
Karlo
10 years ago

A good resource of daily updated coupon codes is CouponSpace.net. It always has few thousand active coupons.

Shannon
Shannon
10 years ago

Don’t forget AbundantFoodSavings.com they are one of my personal fav’s

Kyle
Kyle
10 years ago

Don’t forget CouponCactus.com! 🙂

Will
Will
10 years ago

Good post great tips!
http://www.freewebdeal.com update coupon and discounted products, it also accepts user to submit their exclusive coupon for free!

Lovely
Lovely
10 years ago

I think most people would agree that saving money is something “easier said than done”. Personally, I believe it’s a mind-set that needs to be developed by creating good money-saving habits. Here are some things I’ve done to help change my spending habits: – Cooking more at home  Eating out is very expensive especially if you do it a couple times a week – Shopping online  You can find better deals than in the store and you save on gas (I recommend Shoptivity) – Paying the full balance on credit cards each month  Interest charge is like… Read more »

Dawn R
Dawn R
9 years ago

I’d also like to add http://www.freepricealerts.com

This is a FREE browser tool that automatically scans the internet for the lowest price on items you click on at sites like Amazon.com. When a better price is found, a non-invasive pop-up appears for a few moments in the upper left of your screen. It tells you what the better price is, where to find it (including a link), and how much you save.

Love it! I’ve saved anywhere from $3 to $150 on books, toys, electronics, makeup – you name it!

Rich Gustafson
Rich Gustafson
9 years ago
MoneySavingEnthusiast
MoneySavingEnthusiast
9 years ago

What a great list for a money saving enthusiast! I will have to CHECK these out.
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Cymax Promo Code
Cymax Promo Code
8 years ago

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Adam
Adam
7 years ago

I think you should add http://www.ticketyoda.co.uk to the list. This site gets the cheapest event tickets in the UK which I think would help a few of your visitors.

Willena Cartland
Willena Cartland
7 years ago

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Helly Mark
Helly Mark
1 year ago

I would recommend http://www.referdiscounts.com/

They have all the latest discount coupons for thousands of popular stores.

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