By Jane Magaro, Cheapism.com
With all the coupon and daily deal sites sprouting up these days, Cheapism updated its roundup of the best coupon sites for 2012. Fight the flood of emails and discover discount codes that actually work, saving you time, energy, and, of course, money.
Best Coupon Sites.
Coupons.com: This perennial favorite earned a spot on our previous list of the best coupon sites. The coupon pioneer remains a top pick this year because of its selection. As one of the biggest sources of online coupons, it feeds into many affiliates and other coupon sites. Coupons.com is especially useful for grocery trips. Search, "clip," and print coupons before going shopping.
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Money Saving Mom: The recipes and frugal-living blog on this site are just extras on top of a comprehensive coupon database, which also makes our list of the top coupon sites for a second time. Sort coupons by retailer, item, or expiration date and print before you head to the store. This site draws from other major aggregators such as Coupons.com, as well as individual retailers such as Target, so frugal shoppers can search them all in one place.
Best Daily Deal Site.
Yipit: Of course, we're partial to Cheapism's daily deals blog where we handpick our favorite deals, but if you're looking for a larger selection, we recommend Yipit. Instead of combing through dozens of different daily deal sites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, Amazon Local, and Google Offers, sign up for Yipit, a daily deal aggregator that works much like Kayak does for travel deals. Bargain hunters can view hundreds of daily deals sorted by category and location on a single site. Narrow down the deals to see only what you're interested in, whether it's restaurant deals or spa discounts.
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Best Coupon Code Site.
RetailMeNot: Online shoppers, before you press the "submit order" button, check RetailMeNot for promotional codes and coupons. This site has made our list of the best coupon sites for two years running. It organizes coupon codes and specials for thousands of online shops in a format that's easy on the eyes. Each listing also includes the code's success rate. Users can give each code a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to let others know if a coupon works or not, and post comments on the specifics if there's any fine print to a promotion.
Best Retail Deals Coupon Sites.
Dealnews: The tagline "Where every day is Black Friday" may be a bit of a stretch, but the site's editors faithfully scour the web to collect each day's best sales and deals. They are especially good at finding laptop deals and other tech bargains, but household deals and clothing also earn top billing. Tip: If you're on the lookout for savings on a major purchase watch the category in Dealnews and pounce when you see a deal on the model you want.
Slickdeals: Like Dealnews, Slickdeals posts various sales and deals on technology, groceries, and other products, but it relies on its community of users for discounts and codes. The site recently revamped its front page, but deals are still listed by the date when they were found, so you'll see bargains on cereal next to discounts on tablet computers. In any case, the always-active forums are the highlight: You may find promo codes here sooner than you would on another site. Forum members are quite savvy on the whole and can help you with product recommendations.
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