The 12 Best Coupon and Deal Sites for 2015
With coupon and deal sites continuing to sprout, Cheapism.com has updated its roundup of the best coupon and deal sites for 2015. Use this guide to fight the flood of emails promoting one thing or another. Discover discount codes that actually work and real money-saving coupons and deals.
Best Coupon Sites
Coupons.com. The coupon pioneer and perennial favorite remains a top pick this year because of its wide selection. As one of the biggest sources of online coupons, Coupons.com feeds into many affiliates and other coupon sites. It's especially useful for grocery trips: Search, "clip," and print coupons before shopping.
Money Saving Mom. The recipes and frugal-living blog at Money Saving Mom are extras atop a comprehensive coupon database. Coupons are listed along with the associated retailer, item, expiration date, and coupon source. This site draws from other major aggregators such as Coupons.com, as well as individual retailers such as Target, so users can search thousands of coupons in one place. The database is a little messy (tested with Internet Explorer and Chrome), but with more than 6,000 coupons, it's hard to complain.
The Krazy Coupon Lady.The Krazy Coupon Lady's coupon database is easy to read and sort, making it easy to find an applicable coupon. Search by keyword and coupon type (printable, newspaper, or mobile). Visitors can also browse curated deals for the day, read money-saving tips, learn how to coupon, or post a "brag" about a recent bargain-filled shopping trip. The main page features recent deals, including a number of money-making opportunities that result from combining coupons with cash-back apps.
Best Daily Deal Sites
Yipit. Instead of combing through dozens of different daily deal sites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, and Google Offers, sign up for Yipit, a daily deal aggregator that works much like Kayak does for travel deals. Bargain hunters can view hundreds of daily deals sorted by category and location on a single site. Narrow the deals to see only what's most interesting -- say, restaurant deals or spa discounts.
Amazon Gold Box Deals. The ecommerce giant's daily deal section features limited-time and limited-quantity deals throughout the day. Gold Box listings come from Amazon's many categories and include anything from an infrared thermometer to a diaper bag. Shoppers can browse upcoming items that will be on sale, but the size of the discount is hidden until the deal goes live.
Woot. Amazon acquired Woot in 2010, but there's little evidence of the corporate parent aside from being able to check out using Amazon payment information (although some former fans assert that the site has gone downhill under new management). Woot features daily deals in nine categories, such as home, computers, sport, and kids, and a special sellout section features last-chance deals. The site's T-shirt section is especially popular. Members submit and vote on unique designs.
Best Coupon Code Sites
Retail Me Not. Before pressing the online "submit order" button or getting in line at a retail store, check Retail Me Not for promotional codes and coupons. This site has made Cheapism's list of best coupon sites for five years running. It organizes coupon codes and specials for thousands of stores in a format that's easy on the eyes. Users can give each code a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, to let others know if a coupon works or not, and post comments on the specifics of a promotion. The mobile app has location services to make it easy to find coupons while shopping offline. Save favorite stores and coupons to pull them up quickly.
DealNews. The editors at DealNews faithfully scour the web to collect each day's best sales and deals. A daily newsletter keeps subscribers in the know about the latest flash sales and several good buys in categories such as travel, clothing, and electronics.
Brad's Deals. Another source for deals curated by frugal editors, Brad's Deals lets visitors quickly switch between viewing the newest or the most popular deals while a "top deals" slide show scrolls across the top. The editors also compile seasonal shopping guides, such as back-to-school deals. Visitors can search for deals by category or store, and there's also a section with printable and online coupons. Consumers who create a free account can comment on and save deals for later.
Best Deal Sites
Slickdeals. Always-active forums are the highlight at Slickdeals. Promo codes are shared among members before they show up on other sites. Forum members are quite savvy, on the whole, and the site has a tight-knit community feel. Members report their success when trying out coupon codes and often collaborate to help others get the best deal available. The site doesn't have a particular product focus; members post everything from electronics promotions to half-off underwear sales and even money-making deals such as a $100 gift card for $82. The front page spotlights the hottest current deals as voted on by members. This page is sometimes criticized for highlighting the promotions that make money for Slickdeals.
FatWallet.FatWallet is another deal site with a forum filled with devoted deal-finding members. During busy seasons such as the holidays, more than 300,000 active users visit the site each day. In addition to the forum, FatWallet features online coupon codes and deals from around the web. It's also a cash-back site, meaning members can use links on the site to earn rebates when shopping at hundreds of online stores.
Tech Bargains. Consumers looking specifically for electronics have found Tech Bargains an excellent resource. Although the site posts deals on all sorts of items, it focuses on finding and sharing coupon codes for computers, phones, cameras, TVs, and other electronics.