If you do any shopping online this season, make sure to search online for any promotional codes that offer a discount or, at the very least, free shipping. There are tons of sites that post online coupon codes for retailers big and small, and a quick search for something like “Banana Republic promo code” or “Circuit City code” will almost always yield something that’s better than nothing.
Finding printable coupons you can use in stores is a bit tougher. Fatwallet.com has a thorough (and continually updated) forum post with tons of online coupon codes and printable in-store coupons, so it’s a great place to start. Here are a few offers that caught my eye:
- 25% off coupon from H&M. (requires email newsletter sign up)
- $30 off a $100 purchase from The Limited (good for my lady friends and the gay men who shower them with gifts)
- $10 off a $30 purchase from Bath and Body Works (because you know someone else will probably get your grandma the 365 Puppies a Year calendar)
And here’s one that I found over at DealCatcher:
Another idea (for gift giving and just to save yourself a buck) is to buy any gift certificate if you can get it for less than its face value. I just discovered restaurant.com, which offers coupons and discounted gift certificates for tons of local restaurants. I haven’t actually tried it, but it seems like a great deal. According to the blurb on the homepage, you can typically buy a $25 certificate for $10. I think there’s usually a catch—you might have to order $50 worth of food to use the certificate, for example. Still, $15 worth of free dinner sounds good to me.
While you’re out shopping, don’t forget to keep your strength up. Low blood sugar can strike at any time, and Sally Field won’t be around to make sure you drink your juice. So, take time out to enjoy a two-for-one deal on Baskin Robbins ice cream cones.