Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Shopping Online? Do You Have A Discount Code?

If you are shopping online, take a few minutes and search for a discount code. Just go to your favorite search engine such as and type in the name of the website you are using and a phrase such as "discount code" or "promo code" or "coupon".  Spend 5 to 10 minutes and you can often find some great deals.

My car just hit 60,000 miles, taking with it my warranty and my free roadside service. Since I no longer have roadside service but I do have an aging vehicle, I decided to join AAA.   A visit to for my area, said the cost to join for me and my husband would be $100.   (Enrollment fee of $15 for me plus $52 for the membership for the year. Another $5 enrollment fee for my husband and $28 for the year for him.) 

I could have stopped at the $100; just paid it and been done.

Instead I tried requesting information from AAA. They mailed me an enrollment form with a code to waive the enrollment fees. Suddenly my $100 membership is down to $80.  That still sounded like too much to me. I was sure I could get it at least under $75.  Well it was my lucky day. 

I went to and searched "aaa new england discount code".  The second link listed was to save "$33 off" with code 4950.   I went back to AAA's website and punched in the code and it knocked the price down to $66 for both of us.

By spending 5 minutes searching, I saved $34 off what I would have spent if I just went to AAA and joined online.  I saved $14 off the offer from AAA themselves.  Not too shabby for a few minutes work. 

Most discounts won't be that dramatic but it is worth spending  a few minutes of your time to get the best deal you can get. You may want to change the search terms to limit search results to ones from the last month or so in order to reduce the instances of outdated promo codes.  On, you enter your search and once the search results come up, over on the right you will see "search tools". Click on that and then click on "any time" and take your pick of week, month, year, etc.

You can also search for coupons to print out and take to stores with you. I searched "jif coupon" today and found a contest being run by Jif peanut butter to win free jars of peanut butter. A search for "barilla pasta coupons" found me four different coupon choices I could print and take to the grocery store.

I don't have the time or patience to run coupon searches for everything I buy so I am less apt to do it for small items. However, anytime I am spending a significant amount of money online, I always search for a promo code. Try it. It won't hurt and it just might help!

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