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Be a Savvy Online Saver

Coupons have come a long way since ‘Shop A Dockets’ appeared on the back of our receipts in 1986. Like shopping, discount coupons have gone online. Here's how to find discount vouchers online that can save you a pretty penny.

What are online coupons?

Online coupons or vouchers are just like the old shopping dockets – they offer discounts, however they only offer them for online purchases. They usually come in the form of a code that you enter during the checkout phase to give you an instant discount. You can find vouchers online for almost any product, service or activity imaginable, from quality shoes and bed linen to flying lessons and fancy dinners! Companies list their deals on advertising websites, but there are also aggregator sites that compile the best selection of coupons Australia has to offer. You can search these sites for offers in your local area or sign up to have daily deals delivered straight to your inbox. Some online coupons save you just a few dollars, but most offer significant savings with discounts of 50 per cent or more. Many also offer things like free shipping – bonus!

Where can you find these deals?

Groupon is the largest coupon site in the world and offers deals on travel, beauty, clothing, homeware, electronics, dining, entertainment and more. Groupon is huge – with over 48 million active customers and more than 425,000 deals globally in 2015! LivingSocial is an Australian-based advertising site similar to Groupon. It has separate sections for local activities and restaurants, travel and shopping. Scoopon is another Australian site for online coupons with plenty of great local shopping - fashion, sports, beauty, health, groceries - and travel deals. Retailmenot is a coupon site that, although now headquartered in America, was started by two Australian entrepreneurs in Melbourne. It offers discount coupons for a huge range of products and brand names in the States, plus a few in Australia, with free shipping to Oz often thrown in. OzBargain is an aggregator website that relies on the OzBargain community to submit and vote on deals they find online, so it’s a great place to discover deals for smaller brands and sites. Other aggregator sites include: TopBargains and BuckscoopAdrenaline specialises in online coupons for thrilling activities like skydiving and hot air ballooning. 

What else do I need to know? You’ve come across a great deal, but it has expired! Don’t give up – try the voucher code anyway, sometimes expired deals work. Buying vouchers online can help save you money and let you try new experiences. So now you know, why not give it a go?

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