Thursday, May 6, 2010

Internet Coupon Site

From time to time on my blog, I will do reviews of websites I've been asked to look at, sort of like a survey where I share the results with people. I receive compensation for doing these reviews, but they don't tell me what I have to say, or even that I have to say nice things. All the opinions contained herein are entirely my own.

Today I went to look at a site called Couponchief is a wiki-style aggregator for internet coupons. Basically what this means is that if you want to shop at a particular online store, you can go to this site and check to see if they've recorded any coupons or promotion codes that are active for that particular site. These coupons are usually for things like free shipping over a certain amount, a sale on a particular item, or dollars off a purchase of a certain size. Conversely, if you have a promotion code for a store that's not exclusive to just you, you can add it to the site so others can use it. Sites like this can really help save some time and money, but a lot depends on the quality of the input. The way sites like this get their information on coupons is generally through feedback from users, so the coupons are only as good as the people who've put them in. And, of course, most coupons and promotion codes expire, so a good aggregator site will go through from time to time and clear out the chaff. 

My philosophy is that you can't tell how good a site is without actually trying to use it, so I spent some time looking up coupon codes for stores that I like to shop at online. CouponChief is not a site for offline coupons, by the way, you don't print them out and take them to the store. It is almost strictly for online shopping. I started by looking up coupons because I've spent a lot of time on that website this week, what with buying the milk supplements and such. As luck would have it, the first coupon on offer is for Lipton Tea-to-Go, colloquially called "tea tubes" around here, which is one of our main sources of caffeine. Normally I try and wait till it goes down to 2.00 a box, but I haven't been able to get any on sale in awhile. Using the code from CouponChief did take me two tries, because it was only for select brands and I had to guess which ones, but between the coupon and Amazon's own "subscribe and save" discount, I got 32.00 worth of tea for 20 dollars with free shipping. That comes out to 1.60 a box, a price I've never seen in a store. Nice! Score one for the coupon website. =) 

I also tried looking at coupons, since I've got some OfficeMax rewards to spend this quarter, after buying the printer last quarter. You can find some pretty good deals online, and a coupon makes it even better. This time, though, I tried several of the coupon codes on offer, but none of them actually worked. Sometimes that happens, a code reaches its maximum number of uses, or the expiration date hits. The site gives you a button to select if the code doesn't work, however I didn't see my feedback appear when I pressed the button. I don't know if there's a time delay, or if it sends up a flag for someone from the site to look at. Anyway, no coupons for OfficeMax today. 

Overall, I'd say CouponChief is one I'm going to keep in the bookmarks folder for when I'm shopping online. I like its clean format and ease of use, you just put your store in the search bar and it takes you there. I'm a little underwhelmed by its options for feedback, and the fact that it doesn't give much indication of whether or not a coupon is working for most people. Still, if you're going to be shopping online anyway, there's no reason not to check this site out and see if you might be able to get a better deal on something you were planning on buying. Just remember not to get your heart set on having a coupon work until you've tested it in your shopping cart. 

In conclusion, in honor of my purchase of tea tubes and in consideration for the fact that I did not post a brand new picture yesterday, here is Robert making the face Mommy does before she has her caffeine. 

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