Saturday, 26 November 2011

A Beginner's Guide to Couponing - Effectively

Where to Look for Coupons?

If you're interested in couponing, but aren't sure how to get started, this guide’s for you. There are lots of coupons up for grabs, if you know where to find them. By far, the best places to look are:

* Newspapers - the Smart Source and Valassis coupon inserts appear on a near-weekly basis. The Procter and Gamble insert appears at the start of each month

* Magazines - women's publications such as Woman's Day, Red Book, Family Circle and Good Housekeeping frequently carry manufacturer coupons

* In store - look for coupons on store shelves, on products and on the back of your receipts. Also look for coupons to print out at the register

Additional places to look:

* Online - look to free grocery coupon sites for loads of printable coupons. Not all stores take them; but if yours does, you’re in luck

* Junk mail - high-value manufacturer coupons have started to appear in junk mailers, so be sure to look before you toss

* Direct from the manufacturer - check manufacturer websites for printable coupons or contact companies (by mail, e-mail or phone) to request coupons

* Store mailings - get a frequent shopper card for the grocery stores that you shop, and you may be rewarded with special coupon mailings

* On products - look in and on the packaging of the products that you buy for special loyalty coupons


Online Coupons Help Make Travel a Daily Deal

Lots of people are Groupon groupies, they sign up for this daily deal coupon site (or others like it) to get discounts where they live.

I'm a fan of these discounts at home, but I also use them for deals when I am on the road.

Whenever I have an upcoming trip, I'll sign up for Groupon deals for my destination city a few weeks out and take advantage of discounts that occur while I'm visiting. By doing this, I find it possible to save on meals, entertainment and tours. In fact, I don't remember the last time I went to a restaurant without a voucher.

If you are not familiar with these offers, here's how they work: You sign up for an account, you'll get emails for deals and you'll have a small window in which to buy each deal. For example, you might see a deal offering a voucher for $20 that's good for $40 at a select restaurant. You pay the $20 upfront and print out a voucher for your deal.

We have used these deals in San Francisco to get discount admission to Alcatraz, for a two-for one Segway tour over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, for half-off dining and for half-off a spa package.

Some of my favorite deals have been when the airlines team up with Groupon. Virgin America has offered $100 off flights for a payment of $25. Frontier had an offer in which you paid $25 for a $50 voucher, and Southwest had a deal in which you paid $10 for a $40 voucher. (These deals have expired, but we could always see more.)

If you want to earn miles, you can earn eight miles per dollar spent on Groupon purchases with American AAdvantage. There is no posted expiration on the deal, but it could end anytime. Visit for details.

Groupon is certainly not the only game in town. There are many other discounters, such as Living Social, Yollar and Tippr. You also can take a look at coupons from to see whether there are eating places at your destination where you can get a significant discount.

Another place to look for discounts is departments of tourism or convention and visitors bureaus. We often see discounts on lodging, restaurants, theme parks, night clubs, museums and more.

For travel to Texas cities, for instance, I see deals offered through the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau (, for Houston at, for Austin at and Corpus Christi at For Californians, check out, which has info on hotels, attractions and packages. In fact, for anywhere in the state or in the U.S. check the destination's tourism or convention and visitors bureau online for deals.

Make sure you check around to see whether the deal is the best available. Sometimes discounts sound great, but there may be a better offer. Before you buy an online coupon, be sure to read all of the terms and conditions. You don't want to purchase something you can't use during your trip or one that has a lot of restrictions.


Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Coupon

Black Friday and Cyber Monday at Finish Line

As we approach Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Finish Line is pleased to announce several new offers to share with its affiliates. Links and creative for each of these are now live in the Google Affiliate Network User Interface:

$15 off $90 with code GIFTSFORME at
Finish Line Weekend Warrior Sale $20 off $100 with code BFCM

In addition to these links, Finish Line has extended their popular offers, including:

Great offers: NCAA Fleeces - Now 2 for $40: hundreds of NCAA fleeces, all 2 for $40
$10 off $60 during the Holidays with code HOLIDAY10 (12/31)
15% off $100 on Timberland with Code TIMB (12/1)
15% off $100 on Adidas with code ADIDAS (12/1)

See for exclusions.

Sunday, 20 November 2011


In marketing, a coupon is a ticket or document that can be exchanged for a financial discount or rebate when purchasing a product. Customarily, coupons are issued by manufacturers of consumer packaged goods or by retailers, to be used in retail stores as a part of sales promotions. They are often widely distributed through mail, magazines, newspapers, the Internet, directly from the retailer, and mobile devices such as cell phones. Since only price conscious consumers are likely to spend the time to claim the savings, coupons function as a form of price discrimination, enabling retailers to offer a lower price only to those consumers who would otherwise go elsewhere. In addition, coupons can also be targeted selectively to regional markets in which price competition is great.

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