14 Best Coupon and Deal Sites for 2016
With coupon and deal sites continuing to sprout, Cheapism.com has updated its roundup of the best coupon and deal sites for 2016. 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.
A 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. Coupons can also be electronically added to shoppers' loyalty cards at select grocers.
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 5,500 coupons, it's hard to complain.
The Krazy Coupon Lady's coupon database is simple 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.Related: 10 Apps That Put Cash in Your Pocket
Instead of combing through dozens of daily deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial, 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 is most interesting -- say, restaurant deals or spa discounts.
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.
Amazon acquired Woot in 2010, but there is 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.
Before pressing the online "submit order" button or getting in line at a retail store, check RetailMeNot for promotional codes and coupons. This site has made Cheapism's list of best coupon sites for six years running. It organizes coupon codes and specials for thousands of stores in a format that is 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.
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 moneymaking deals such as a $100 gift card for $70. 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 is another deal site with a forum filled with devoted deal-finding members. There are about 150,000 users on the site each day, and during busy seasons such as the holidays, more than 300,000 active users visit the site daily. In addition to the forum, FatWallet features online coupon codes and deals from around the web. It is also a cash-back site, meaning members can use links on the site to earn rebates when shopping at hundreds of online stores.Related: These Sites Will Pay You for Shopping Online
Goldstar features discounts on tickets for live events at thousands of venues in more than 40 cities and metro areas. Shoppers can often save at least 50 percent on all sorts of performances and experiences, including comedy shows, sports tickets, theater performances, wine tastings, and sushi-making classes.
Another source for deals curated by frugal editors, Brad's Deals lets visitors quickly switch between viewing the newest or the most popular deals, along with the day's "top deals." The editors also compile seasonal shopping guides, such as back-to-school deals. Visitors can search by category or store, and there is a section with printable and online coupons. Consumers who create a free account can comment on and save deals for later.