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Posted at 7:16 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Five online coupon services worth trying

By Hayley Tsukayama

TLC debuted its show "Extreme Couponing" Wednesday night, prompting a flurry of Internet searches for the best coupons and deals on Google.

While some people still find deals using a good pair of scissors and a stack of ads, many savvy shoppers have turned to the Internet for coupon codes, printouts and money-saving tricks. Big hitters like the aptly named Coupons.com or Groupon are widely known, but here are five other online coupon sites that get high marks.

1. RetailMeNot: This coupon site aggregates discount codes and lets users chime in on whether or not a deal worked, sorting out bad tips fairly quickly.

2. SmartSource.com: Calling itself the #1 Website for printable grocery coupons, SmartSource.com lists grocery coupons from your area, lets you select those most relevant to you, and compiles them for printing. Printing does require a Java applet, which may mean a download for some.

3. 8Coupons: Despite a somewhat daunting homepage, those who venture beyond 8Coupons list of links will find a great mapping tool that shows you where the best deals are in your area.

4. WeUseCoupons.com: A community forum-style site for coupon enthusiasts, WeUseCoupons.com posts tips and tricks for coupon use, as well as user-submitted deals. Two of the site's members, Nathan Engels and Amanda Ostrowski were featured on TLC's premiere.

5. GeorgineSaves: Run by Georgine Kaczmarek, a coupon guru advised Consumer Reports on coupon-clipping habits, this site keeps consumers updated on good deals and offers tips saving in other ways, such as reusing old items in new ways. Kaczmarek is also a saving consultant, trainer and speaker for very serious savers.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 30, 2010; 7:16 AM ET
 
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You forgot http://amimu.com with the hottest flash deals on the net.

Posted by: steve97 | December 30, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I need to check out this show! Though I don't spend as much time couponing as some of the featured people, I do save a lot!

Many blogs have coupon matchups, where they list a store's sales for the week and links or listings of coupons that match up with the sale, to help save even more. Do a search on your store name with "coupon matchup" and you'll be able to find a variety of blogs that cover your store.

-- Laura from Frugal Follies

Posted by: sternber | December 30, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I only saw part of the show, particularly the last two couponers. The last one disturbs me in some way, and I'm not sure why. I think partly because the man stores his excess stuff in his garage (no car in the garage) and that the quantity he buys is quite large. By his admission, he has about 2 years worth of stuff he's storing out there. He has freezers full of items. Frankly, no one's computed the cost of storing those items, particularly the freezer. So, if one stores a quantity of items for say, $5 a month, and they stay there for a year, then $60 is that cost to store.

My thoughts were that this gentleman could use his resources and energy to actually run the church food bank he donated cereal to. That would be a worthy cause.

Posted by: MichelleKinPA | December 30, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Interesting News! I just now printed Coupons of my Favorite Brands and saved!! search for "Printapons" online and save instantly, it is free

Posted by: daisyamos | December 31, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Excellent articles about budget savings! I love it. In terms of money savings for your shopping online, I think coupons such as 10% off, 20% off, etc provided by online retailers are more and more important for us to save some money. You can easily find coupon codes online, on of my fav coupon website is CouponSmarter.com, with daily updated discount coupon codes for the most online retailers

Posted by: SharonCollins | December 31, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Dear Ms. Tsukayama, Mr. Pegoraro, and the Washington Post staff:

Thank you for including GeorgineSaves.com as part of your article, Five Online Coupon Services Worth Trying. Our goal is to help the average consumer get the best coupons, deals and offers, whether they shop online or in the store. We began with the mission to share Georgine's rare talent and passion for saving money to help others in these tough economic times.

We believe that with just a little dedication and education, no one needs to pay full price! A few minutes a day can go a long way to keep money in your pocket.

Thanks again for suggesting http://www.georgineSaves.com as a valuable resource to consumers. This only fuels our passion!

Sincerely,
Nina Bernhardt
http://www.georginesaves.com

Posted by: nina13 | December 31, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Interesting News! I just now printed Coupons of my Favorite Brands and saved!! search for "Printapons" online and save instantly, it is free

Posted by: sheilatrake | January 1, 2011 12:45 AM | Report abuse

there's a great list of all of these kinds of websites here:

http://retailanarchy.com/?page_id=4

Posted by: walton1 | January 1, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I do like the details of this article and it helps to have great options to save more. I like the site http://www.buyerpicks.com for their daily information on the deals which we are looking.

Posted by: amsdev | January 1, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I've been using retailmenot.com and their firfox plug in for quite a while, it has saved me quite a bit of money. The plug in will alert you to known coupons on the web site you are visiting. If you have a Safeway card, then register it through shortcuts.com to get online coupons added to your Safeway card. Unfortunately, Safeway cut their ties with cellfire recently in favor of this site which seems to be run by AOL. There doesn't seem to be a smartphone app yet.

Posted by: KBM64 | January 3, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

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