Following on from my recent posts on Shopping Apps and Cashback sites , today I’m going to cover voucher codes. These represent a minuscule amount of my extra income, but they always worth looking for if you are going to buy something. It’s worth looking on the cashback sites first, as they will often list available voucher codes. Bear in mind that some sites will specify that if you use a code that isn’t listed on their website, then you may not be eligible for cashback. My advice is to search and see if you would save more money with the voucher code. This is because voucher codes are guaranteed, if they apply successfully at the checkout then you’ve saved that money there and then. Whereas with cashback sites you’re not guaranteed to get the pay out (you have to wait and see if it tracks correctly and if the site agrees to pay out, plus it often takes months!)
I can’t really recommend a voucher code site, there are tonnes out there but I frequently find them unreliable and out of date. Your best bet is to Google for a code for the specific retailer you’re trying to buy from and see what comes up. Be prepared to trawl through pages, as loads of these sites seem to manipulate search results by promising current vouchers which they don’t have. www.moneysavingexpert.com has some threads in its forum that will list codes, but unfortunately a lot of retailers prevent them from publishing codes there. They advise that you should try blagging a code by going on live chat, or by abandoning your basket in the hopes that you get emailed one. Another good way to get codes are to sign up to companies newsletters (you can always unsubscribe after you’ve used it!) Some retailers will email you codes for special events, or free shipping- so be vigilant and check them.
You can also look for voucher codes to save money on meals out and days out. I often use these and there are lots about. www.moneysavingexpert.com is a great place to start for restaurant deals. My life motto is “never pay full price for anything” and I’ll be back with more ways to help you achieve that soon!