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What Are the Best Coupon Sites?

Posted on 6/6/2011 0:04 EST

Over the past few weeks, Cheapism reviewed dozens of coupon sites in our quest to identify the best coupon sites. We unearthed some good, some bad, and some so-so. Here are our final recommendations:

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The Best Coupon Sites

Scoutmob: This site's biggest draw, according to user reviews and articles, is that removes the whole "buying" element from the equation. All you have to do is click on a coupon and it's sent to your email or phone -- you don't have to purchase anything. Having the discount sent to your phone -- just show it to the clerk at the establishment -- boosts the convenience factor and helps the environment.

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Money Saving Mom: Meticulously-categorized deals. Check. Alphabetically organized. Check. Blog posts with real tips for living more frugally. Check. These are all the reasons this mommy blog ranks among the best coupon sites.

Brad's Deals: Coupon codes with clearly listed discount percentages are included in the many deals from major retailers listed on this site. Deals are updated regularly. Reviews on SiteJabber, Frugal Novice, and Top 10 Reviews say this site offers more coupons than others and puts all the relevant details, like expiration date and restrictions, in one spot to make things easy.

Coupons.com: Printable discount coupons with actual barcodes and online codes make this site work. You can also use the site's downloadable card to get savings at various stores just like a supermarket discount card. Lots of brand name products to help you use your savings wherever.

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The OK Coupon Sites

Fatwallet.com: This site directs you to different categories and tabs so you don't have to browse. Users posting reviews on Viewpoints and Epinions like that the site's members are vigilant about bad, shady, or expired deals. However, the cash-back program and freebie features aren't all they're cracked up to be.

Daily Candy: A neat layout, deals viewable by area or category, deep discounts, and well-written articles make this site a good one to use, say Viewpoints and SiteJabber reviewers. The only downsides are that it's very niche-focused on fashion and more targeted at women.

RetailMeNot: This would be among the best coupon sites if only it had a better help and contact section. Heaps of discounts for major retailers, plus printable restaurant coupons abound. Users can add their own coupons and rate others. Viewpoints says it's easy to use and tells you when coupons go inactive.

Couponchief.com: A pay-to-share program is the standout feature of this site. Direct links to discounts and coupon ratings accompany the options, plus you don't have to sign up. Some reviews say it's missing categories, but the majority say its got plenty of offerings.

The Don't Bother Coupon Sites

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CouponCraze: This site might have a lot of deals, but many of them are spam or incorrectly linked. Its 80 sidebar links and subcategories also make it quite hard to use.

CoolSavings: Epinions users complain of having to register with personal information, spammy deals, no search function, and too many advertisements.

LivingSocial: A huge, well-known site that users on sites like ResellerRatings and SiteJabber say doesn't send coupons on time or charges more for the deal than advertised. Extra credit card charges and lack of confirmation emails after purchasing a deal are other issues with the site.

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