Coupon code websites have been around for the last decade, but it’s only really been the last three or four years that they have risen to prominence in the United States. The savings that can be made using these website are quite extraordinary sometimes, and there are not many online retailers that don’t make use them in order to drive sales and attract new customers. Amazingly enough, there are still online shoppers who don’t actually understand the process of using them, and if that means you, then you are potentially missing out on saving a lot of money… especially with Christmas just around the corner – here’s an example of how you can use this method with Garmin coupons into 2014 as well.
How to Use Online Coupon Codes & Where to Find Them
OK so you’re shopping on a website, and you get through to the check-out stage. More often than not you will probably either see a link that lets you redeem a coupon, or you will see a small input field that lets you paste a coupon code in. If you have a valid coupon, and then apply it, you should see a discount appear on your shopping basket before you go through the payment process. But where do you find them? This is typically the step that most people, whether lazy or just not aware, tend to ignore and as a result don’t save any money.
It’s easy though. This is how you find an online coupon and I am going to use an example of shopping on the Garmin.com web store (they sell consumer electronics). As you can see from the screenshot below there is a box on the check-out which lets you paste in a discount code.
In order to find one you should open up a new browser window and go to Google and do a search for “Garmin discount code”. Now obviously if on a different retailer you would simply replace the brand name with the name of the store, and use whatever terminology the store uses for a coupon. They might call it a coupon code, coupon, promo code, promotional code, or discount code.
As you search in Google you will see loads of coupon code websites appear. The trick is to open up a few of these websites and see what coupons they have listed. Many will probably be expired or old coupons so a lot of the time its trial and error and you will need to test some out. Many coupon code websites also ask that you “click to reveal” a coupon as well (I will explain why later in this article). Here is an example website which has coupon codes for Garmin.com, and other sites you might want to try include RetailMeNot, and Coupons.com – to be honest, there are hundreds available.
Once you have a coupon code that suits the purchase you are making you go back to the retailer site and copy and paste it into the redeemable box, then click to apply to see if it has worked. If it works, you will see your discount and can proceed to pay.
Why Do Coupon Code Sites Exist?
Coupon code websites don’t just publish coupon codes for the sheer hell of it. Each time a web visitor uses a coupon from a specific coupon code website, that coupon code website receives a commission. You might ask then, why do online retailers give them coupons if it means they are in effect giving away some money.
Well, it’s because consumers have begun to expect some form of online discount when shopping online, and if a retailer doesn’t have some form of discount scheme in place, then the shopper is quite likely to want to shop elsewhere. Retailers don’t want to lose that custom so give coupon codes websites this discount codes. Retailers also hope that the visibility that they receive from coupon sites will mean some potential new customers they might not have had before.
So to conclude, if you have never used an online coupon, you really are missing a trick. MSN Money reported that last year, Americans managed to save nearly four billion dollars as a result of using retail coupons. That’s a huge amount of money, so make sure you save you own slice of this in the run up to Christmas.