I was recently introduced to a fabulous app called RetailMeNot by my co-worker Mindy. I was a little skeptical to download it on my iPhone. Here's a secret, I am not a big shopper, I take one shopping trip each fall and then do the majority of my shopping online to accomodate my busy schedule. I was getting ready to head down to Detroit for my annual trip, so I figured why not give it a try!
When I think of coupon shopping, I think of someone poring over the local paper. Coupon clipping meant a giant organizational project (like some of the couponers you see in the grocery store with the big binders full of coupons) with paper cuts and blisters to go along with the savings. RetailMeNot is changing all of that.
RetailMeNot scours the web to create a one-stop, searchable repository of online coupon codes, sales, special offers, and print coupons. If you’re planning a shopping excursion, just take your itinerary to RetailMeNot.com and search for the stores you’re planning to hit. You’ll be able to spot deals immediately. You can either print out the coupons or, if you’re technologically inclined, carry them around with you using RetailMeNot’s smartphone app, available for iOS and Android.
The brick-and-mortar coupons, though, are only the tip of the iceberg. The site really shines when you’re looking for online deals. For example, one recent offer posted a 20% off your next order code for Pizza Hut. If you’re thinking about a pizza night for your family, you can find and use a coupon code on RetailMeNot to get a serious discount on dinner! The site has similar coupon codes available for major retailers from Target to Macy's, and Hobby Lobby to Best Buy.There’s a coupon code for just about anything you might need.
I recently ordered my family Christmas card online from Shutterfly. Before finishing my order, I checked the RetailMeNot app and ended up finding an online code and I saved 40% off my order and received free shipping! I was thrilled!
If you have your locator service on your phone, it will also alert you of a store in your area that has a coupon.
Some reviewers had negative experiences. For instance, some consumers complained about expired coupon codes and poor customer support. However, for the cost (free), the level of service gets a little easier to take. The typical coupon cautions apply here, too. The lower prices and high-pressure (limited time) offers can result in more impulse buys. Don’t buy something just because it’s cheap. Choose something you want, then find it at the lowest price you can.
The next time you’re about to check out at an online retailer, take a quick cruise over to RetailMeNot. Check for an online coupon code that might save you a little money. Paying retail price for goods you’re getting online can be a thing of the past and maybe you’ll find a deal for something else you can’t pass up!