This 60 Second Trick Will Save You Money Before Checking Out

quick trick to save money before checking out

Want to know a quick way to save money that takes almost no effort while shopping online?

I do it every time I buy something on the internet without fail.

It works more often than not and takes 60 seconds or less.

It is so simple that everyone should do the same.

I search for coupon codes. It isn’t even difficult.

Google, Bing or Yahoo – Your New Best Friend For Savings

I normally search for the website I am buying an item at plus the phrase coupon code, discount code, promotion code, or whatever else the website asks for at checkout.

I then search the first few results to see if I can find something to save me money.

Another option, rather than searching on Google, is to pay attention which coupon or deals website you use most often or which site you consistently find the best deals on and go back to those directly. There are many coupon code websites out there, so find the one that works best for you or just continue using the search technique.

While this won’t work for every retailer, I’d say it works at least 50% of the time I buy something online. I haven’t had much luck with Amazon or Wal-Mart but there are other websites like Office Depot where I can always find coupon codes and save some money just by spending 60 seconds of my time.

The great thing is that you can save even more money by extending this into other parts of your life. In addition to online coupon codes, I often find printable coupons that I can take into physical stores to save money, too!

Every time we go out to eat I search for printable coupons for the restaurant we’re going to. I normally have better luck with the sit down restaurants like O’Charley’s, TGI Friday’s, and Ruby Tuesday’s when searching online.

There are some companies that won’t have coupons but it takes so little time to check that it doesn’t make sense to skip this simple step.

You Don’t Have To Be An Extreme Couponer To Save

I am not an extreme couponer and you don’t have to be either. Most of the coupons I actually end up using save me more than just a few cents like grocery store coupons normally do. I normally save at least $5 per transaction, but I’ll still use the smaller coupons if I find them. After all, money is money, right?

Next time you go to buy anything online check for coupon codes before you check out. If you know you’re going shopping at a particular store in person, check for printable coupons before you leave.

It only takes a few second and can save you a few bucks. Then you can spend on something else you’d rather spend your money on. Better yet, you can save that money for a bigger goal you’ve been working toward!

Do you use coupon codes or printable coupons? What has your experience been?

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About Lance Cothern

Lance Cothern, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the founder of Money Manifesto. You can read more about him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.


  1. I’m terrible with coupons but whenever I buy online I always do a quick google search of “X promo code”, 75% of the time, probably more, I find something. So simple.

  2. If I can do it on my phone it’s much more likely to happen. Thanks for the tips!

  3. Yes! I keep a folder in my inbox only for retailers and make sure to checkout before any purchase.

  4. Coupons are both helpful and easy to find! Thanks for the tip!

  5. I love using coupons, usually I got 30-50% less from the original price. I also have printable coupons and I use it every time I go to the grocery store.

  6. Most of the online retailers I use have coupon codes right on the home page when you access their website. These often give you up to 20% off. I’ve downloaded coupons, but too often forget to use them at the grocery store.

    • I don’t really use coupons at the grocery store either. But maybe that will change if I can find a decent coupon or two. Unfortunately, I don’t think there are many coupons on the things we buy because most are produce or store brand.

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