A coupon is an item with a specified value. That value is redeemable in the form
of a discount off your purchases. Coupons come in many forms from paper coupons
to printable coupons to online coupons. (Please see the “Different
Types of Discounts” for more information.) Every coupon’s value varies.
Some are redeemable for 10% off your final purchase, while others entitle you
to free shipping. It simply depends on the coupon’s specifications. Please read
your coupon carefully to determine its specific value. Various manufacturers
issue coupons, and they are redeemed by you, the customer. They can be used at
physical retailers or to discount your online purchases.
Coupons used to be found exclusively in the form of paper coupons. They were
most often located in the Sunday newspaper as part of the inserted
advertisement section. However, within the past decade or so, coupons have
changed dramatically. With the increased use of the internet, coupons have gone
through an electronic revolution of their own. As online shopping became
increasingly popular, the use of online coupons also became more prevalent.
Rather than clipping coupons and driving to the store to redeem them, more and
more people are hopping onto their favorite retailer websites and redeeming
online coupons.The evolution of coupons is allowing more and more people to
save money without ever leaving the comfort of their homes.
A promotional code is only found on an online coupon. Both paper coupons and
printable coupons have barcodes to identify the specific type of discount. A
promotional code is the online coupon equivalent. When you're finished shopping
and enter the checkout page, there should be a box that asks for a discount
code or a promotional code. Enter the promotional code in this box, and the
discount specified on the coupon should be assessed and deducted from your
bill. Always check the itemized list of your bill to make sure the discount was
taken before you make the final purchase.
A coupon code is synonymous with a promotional code. (For more information about
promotional codes, please click on the “Promotional Code”) Coupon codes
illustrate one reason why many people shy away from online shopping or using
online discounts. To a novice online shopper, a lot of the terminology will be
new and different. There will also be words like “coupon code” and “promotional
code” which sound different but actually mean the same thing. But this minor
hurdle should not deter people from shopping online. The terms might seem
foreign to begin with, but as with anything new, allow a little time, and they
will soon feel comfortable and familiar.
A Special discount link is a specific type of online coupon. It is essentially a
special link to a retailer’s website. Many of these links are compiled on
discount websites such as CouponWinner.com. They can be identified on
CouponWinner.com by the phrase "Click to Redeem." Unlike an online coupon where
you have to type in a promotional code at the time of checkout for a discount
to be assessed, using the special discount link will automatically deduct the
coupon’s value from your final bill. Again, if you’re using a discount link, no
additional codes or actions need to be done for the discount to be taken. To
ensure the discount was taken, always check your itemized bill before checkout.
Some online coupons have an expiration date, which should be clearly marked on
the coupon. However, other online coupons simply say ongoing promotion. (On
CouponWinner.com, this phrase will follow the word “Expires.”) An ongoing
promotion simply means that coupon is valid until the retailers decide
otherwise. Since it’s at the retailer’s discretion, the promotion could be
revoked at any time, but generally speaking, these deals are staples of the
website. One example of an ongoing promotion would be free shipping on
Amazon.com for all orders over $25. This deal has been a part of the Amazon
website for quite some time with no sign of changing any time soon. Generally,
online coupons are much more likely than paper coupons to engage in ongoing
If coupons save the consumer money, it would be logical to think they cost
the retailers. So why would retailers condone coupons at all? The answer is
advertising. If a website has a promotion going, you’re all the more likely to
shop at that website. If they didn’t have a promotion, or if you didn’t run
across their coupon on CouponWinner.com, you might never have shopped there.
You might never have even known about or visited their website. These coupons
gain traffic to their site, and if you’re pleased with your purchase, you might
return at a later date. Promotions are a great way to gain cheap advertising
and gain your valuable repeat business.
No! Some people shy away from online shopping, because it’s relatively new. If
you’re afraid of new technology, and think online shopping is only for the
computer savvy, think again. All sorts of different people with different
levels of computer knowledge use online shopping and online discounts every
day. Online coupons are extremely easy to use, and CouponWinner.com only makes
it easier. With a comprehensive site like CouponWinner.com, all your coupon
needs are conveniently located at one website. Simply find the coupon you want,
and type in the promotional code or click on the appropriate discount link.
After you’ve done it once or twice, you’ll feel like an online shopping expert.
Knowing which coupon to use can seem tricky at first, but you’ll quickly catch
on. If you’ve found multiple deals for the same website, compare the available
deals. Say for example you have a free shipping discount ($8 value), a 10% off
total purchase coupon, and $10 off total purchase coupon. You are spending $50
on your purchase.
All you need to do is a little bit of math:
In this instance, you should use the $10 off total purchase coupon. As this
example illustrates, there is no simple answer for which coupon you should use.
It will simply require a little figuring and working out on your part. This is
all part of being a smart savvy shopper
. Also, always remember to keep your eyes open for coupons that allow multiple
discount codes and promotions.
With the free shipping coupon, your total purchase would be $50.
With the 10% off coupon, your total purchase would be $45 + $8 shipping, for a
total purchase amount of $53
With the $10 off coupon, your total purchase would be $40 + $8 shipping, for a
total purchase amount of $48.
If you’re using a discount link, click on the link. When you’re finished
shopping, go to the checkout page. There should be a box that shows your total
bill, and it should be itemized. That is to say, it should break down exactly
what you’re buying and what it’s charging you for each of those items. It
should have a section for the items themselves, shipping, taxes, etc. Check
this itemized list to ensure the discount was taken. If you’re using a
promotional code, go to the retailer’s website. When you’re finished shopping,
go to the checkout page. Enter the promotional code. Just like with the
discount link, there should be a box containing your itemized bill. Check over
the numbers and confirm that the discount was taken.