Another coupon site tries to save your wallet from certain doom

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For those who still have money to spend during these perilous economic times, if you haven't heard of CurrentCodes.com, I'm sure you'll be glad to bookmark them.

I'm constantly stunned by how many coupon web sites there are out there. I'd say it's a product of these financially-challenged times but a lot of these coupon-saving web sites have been around for a number of years.

CurrentCodes.com has been in existence since 2000. In any case, CurrentCodes.com specializes in coupon codes. It doesn't advertise sales or have coupons to print out and take to a store -- It's solely in the current code business. You know what I mean. You're at, say, Barnes & Noble.com making a purchase, and they'll say, "coupon code," and you'll either have it and say, "Ah, I beat the system," or "What the Dickens is a coupon code?"

(I don't normally use "Dickens" as a curse word, but my grandmother could be reading this.)
Well, this site purports to have all the current coupon codes, or most of them, or at least something like 1,400 stores. Maybe it will have what you're looking for, maybe it won't. But a web site devoted to coupons, it seems as thorough as any of them, and one of the better ones, and definitely worth a look before you click on the button that will process your order.

It also has a web site within its web site: DealHunting.com.

That focuses on sales as well as the current coupon codes. If nothing else, it's interesting to browse and learn about a bunch of stores I've never heard, though as my wife notes, I don't get out much. Still -- go to DealHunting.com, and you can get a coupon from Shopbop.com? Never heard of them, but just for the name alone, I kind of want to check them out. (OK, just did; definitely a store that isn't catering to men... I glanced, nodded at the dizzying array of products and left... but if you're a woman and reading this, you may love the site.) Or you can get 10% off of $150 purchases at Linensource.com, which once again is a store new to me. Well, and just as a guy, I admit -- I think to myself, "Go to a store just for linens? I can find them at a discount store between the sporting goods section and the electronics."

Some people love to shop. That's nice and enjoyable, sure, but I admit I just love to see what types of shops are out there, studying them like a zoologist watches a herd of yak at the watering hole. I mean, Heels.com is a store that advertises on DealHunting.com, and while it's a clever title for a store, and it certainly sells a popular item aimed at women -- shoes -- it nonetheless boggles my mind how virtually anything you want to buy, you can find online.

Oh, and by clicking around, I just stumbled onto a site called AirGorilla.com, with a classic tag line: Going bananas for discount travel.

Good grief, I could be here all day...

Geoff Williams is a journalist and the author of C.C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America (Rodale).
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