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If you’re reading this, you’re probably someone who is always looking for a deal.

And good for you! It’s actually quite a bit easier these days, with the internet and mobile smartphones at our fingertips, then it was even five to 10 years ago. No more clipping out coupons by hand in the Sunday paper – although you technically can still do that if you want to.

But we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to. There are plenty of alternatives, and if you want to be able to save money quickly without taking up a ton of your time just to save a few bucks, then keep reading.

Here are some guidelines for saving money online using coupon codes.

First of all, make sure to get all the terms

Instead of simply searching for a code and plugging it in blindly, be sure to read the terms of the deal in their entirety.

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Indeed, there are plenty of offers out there that require you to spend at a certain level to be eligible for a given discount. And unless those extra dollars that you’re spending to get the discount also nets you a product that you genuinely want – which seems unlikely since you weren’t going to buy the item in the first place – it probably isn’t worth it.

Make sure to do the math, no matter how much extra brain power that takes, in order to ensure that you aren’t being hoodwinked into spending more to save less.

Compare coupon codes with one another

Just because you find a coupon code doesn’t mean that you’ve automatically found the only deal. And if it isn’t the only deal, it certainly may not be the best deal, either.

There are plenty of websites out there that offer several codes for similar products, and you’ll want to do some more quick math to make sure that either the percentage saved (i.e. 20% off your purchase) is better than a flat dollar amount. Obviously, that will entirely depend on what it is you’re purchasing, but it isn’t always as cut-and-dry as we might like it to be.

The fine-print-y items

Many coupon codes that you’ll find on the ol’ interwebs will be only for online use. But there could also be some other restrictions, such as the state that you’re in or the state that you’ll be having the product shipped to.

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Also, some deals can be stacked with other offers, allowing you to save the maximum possible amount. Some coupon codes don’t work with one another, and others won’t work with gift cards or other offers, such as free shipping.

Final Thoughts

Searching for online coupon codes is far from rocket science. If you spend any amount of time looking for a deal, you’re bound to find one.

The key, however, is ensuring that you get the best possible deal. As long as you’re at it and already spending the time to find a code, follow some of the above tips to make sure that you’re covering your bases and finding the best deal that’s out there for the product you’re looking to purchase.

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