Don’t Forget To Check For Promo Codes!

We were recently ordering some stuff from Pottery Barn Kids for our daughter for Christmas.  They had some promotions that were built into the item pricing of the things we wanted to purchase (one item had free shipping, another had free personalization).

My wife showed me the items she wanted to order to make sure I approved of the details, and had already entered in her payment information.  I said that the stuff looked good, but then yelled “WAIT!” and dived across the living room couch, as she went to hit ‘Submit’ for the payment.

After picking myself off the floor and taking in the ‘are you nuts’ look that I was getting, I said:

“We have to check if there’s any promo codes!”

I checked some of my favorite sites (Retail Me Not is my go-to site) and as it turns out, there weren’t any additional coupons off.  But, I still check every single time.

You never know what promotion someone else has discovered that might save you a few bucks.  Even if you find a coupon only one out of every ten times, that still means you’re saving money just by a few clicks.  Now that it’s the holiday season, you want to make sure that you’re checking as I’m sure there are more orders, more competition, and more codes available!

Regardless if it’s Amazon (who almost never has any coupon codes), Pottery Barn, or any other site, I always make sure to look if there’s any coupon/promotional codes available.

Do you? 

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10 thoughts on “Don’t Forget To Check For Promo Codes!

  1. I don't always… but really should. In fact, I didn't even know such sites existed until a few months ago. What a great concept!

  2. I always check when shopping online, but I never think about it elsewhere. I need to get into that habit.

  3. Normally, yes! Any major purchase, absolutely! It's also a great practice to wait to see if prices will drop – patience does pay off.

  4. I always check promo codes if I order anything online! It's the best way to save money for something you're already planning on buying anyway

  5. I always check for them as well. Whenever im in the checkout of an online purchase, something goes off in my head and I google coupon for whatever store im buying from. IT doesnt always get results, but it takes 8 seconds, so when I do its worth while.

  6. I do when I remember. My wife almost never forgets. I'm getting better though.

  7. We always do. Not only for coupons/promo codes, but also for any rebate sites. We are signed up for a lot of the popular online rebate sites. There are even sites that compare those rebate sites alongside each other.
    There is also a site called CamelCamelCamel that can show you tracked prices for an item you might be buying on Amazon. It can tell you if it has pricing history and what that was. A lot of times we'll see something that might look like a good deal on Amazon (i.e. $55, normally $85), then look at this other site, and it shows us it had been as low as $45 in the past few weeks, or that the current price is the lowest it's ever been. Helpful when deciding whether you should get it now or wait. Many people may not know this, but Amazon changes their prices on things constantly to stay competitive to "price drop" prices like WalMart.

  8. @Doctor Stock – Be careful, it can get addicting!

    @Eric – I agree that keeping it up consistently is half the battle!

    @Corey – Watching for a price fall can pay off, but be careful it doesn't go the other way!

    @Newlyweds – Using a code on something you are planning on buying anyways is key. Using it to save on something you weren't planning on buying is not the way to go!

    @Jeff – Sounds like you have made it automatic. Great job!

    @Roshawn – Sounds like you are on your way :)

    @Cappatia – I've used the CamelCamelCamel plugin for awhile. I also started using a Firefox plugin called Invisible Hand which will drop in and let you know if there are cheaper prices available on the Internet with almost any item you're looking at. It's pretty cool.

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