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Rule #1 of Living Cheap is Never Pay Retail. If you are shopping on the Internet, there are almost always discounts to be had if you know where to look. These 5 websites are the best places to get coupons for Internet purchases. Before you buy anything online, you should visit them, grab a coupon code and cut down the price by ten or twenty percent.
A few years ago, RetailMeNot took the coupon world by storm by smartly crowdsourcing its coupons and getting users to report whether they worked or not. A common weakness of many coupons sites is coupons that were expired or never worked in the first place. RetailMeNot's tracks the feedback from their users and works out a rating system that gives you a guide on how reliable a coupon is. With solid technology and good SEO, RetailMeNot quickly landed in the top 3 of almost any Google coupon search.
Pros: Huge selection of merchants and numerous coupons available for each.
Cons: Crowdsource model sometimes results in unreliable coupons especially if they are new. There are tons of unreliable coupons that really should just be removed.
CouponCabin has recently improved the interface that gives users the ability to determine whether coupons have recently worked. It also comes with a very good merchant search with popular retail outlets showing up quickly. Also the success of coupons is shown as a green up bar and a red down bar over time. The coupons selection is very good but in our comparisons, there seem to be more coupons on RetailMeNot. In addition, older coupons seem to stick around even when they obviously are not working any longer. However, CouponCabin's excellent interface allows you quickly to ignore those coupons.
Pros: Very large selection of coupons, fewer "not working" ever coupons.
Cons: Aged coupons sticking around. Many "discount links" that are not really coupons, just normal deals available without a coupon.