Paying a high price for an order on the internet? No way! More and more online or offline shoppers are looking for discount codes before paying for their purchases. Once unearthed, you simply postpone this precious sesame, consisting of a series of numbers and letters i.e. alphanumeric characters (may sometime contain special character too), in the box specifically provided for this purpose on the merchant site when you pay for your purchase. Your bill will be miraculously alleviated. 

Discount codes - What are they?

Coupons, promotional codes, discount codes, vouchers savings. There are names many but the purpose of all of them is the same: allow buyers to save on your exchanging them pay when shopping.

Many online stores use the so-called discount codes or promotional codes or discount vouchers and they are usually a word or particular text string to be introduced in the final process of any purchase before validating the shopping cart.

Types of coupons and codes

The so-called discount codes or promotional vouchers are usually distributed to suppliers or end customers who are for example subscribed to a newsletter of a company or maybe just for promotion. There are mainly three types:

  • Codes that offer Discounts on the purchase.
  • Codes that offer Free or Discounted shipping.
  • Codes that offer some Additional gifts.

How to use your discount code

When you have your shopping cart ready, you only have to enter the corresponding code in the box prepared for this purpose and that usually carry an indicative name of the type like "Promotional code", "Discount code", "Discount voucher" etc. The steps in particular are:

  1. Browse the store and add the items to your shopping cart.
  2. When you finish, go to the validation page to place your order.
  3. After entering your information, go to the final payment page WITHOUT FINALIZING THE PURCHASE.
  4. Enter the promotional code or discount code in the corresponding box and press the Validate / Update button / Apply coupon etc. like options. You will see how the discount is applied to the total of your purchase.
  5. With the discount applied, the purchase process ends and you will have saved a little money!

Sometimes after doing everything right you may not be able to get the benefits of it. In that case follow the FAQ section of the respective site or eventually you may directly call to customer care section and try to resolve your query.

Depending on the case, you will save 10, 20 or 30%  or even more on your order in some case, a few money on your item or the deduction of shipping costs.

Are the promotional codes free?

Of course. It is and it will be always. Because the brands or the code providers only motto to provide these is to entice more and more visitors. It makes no sense to go for a sell of such codes. So don't ever pay for these codes. Just AVOID these kinds of sellers.

Any of the promotional codes published or shared on relevant websites or through your email or SMS is guaranteed to be operative and can be used with complete freedom.

Do these discount codes expire?

Yes. Unfortunately, codes usually have a limited validity with an expiration date.

How to find a discount code?

There are specialized websites exist that collect all the reductions of the moment, published by the brands themselves. You will find easily for your orders on such discount code websites. Among the best known is Deals4Boomers.

If a specific code does not work for you, don't worry. You just have to go through searching websites to find a new one.

Alternatively, search directly in your search engine by typing "discount code" + "brand or site name". The results will be displayed directly the right sites you are needed for.

The only condition to find these codes: to be patient and perseverant because they are mostly subject to conditions (minimum purchase ...) and are limited in time. Sometimes you will have to test several to get a discount benefit. It also happens to find none, brands do not offer systematically, it's part of the game!  

At the last, you will have to be wise while choosing the discount code that is right for your purchases. There are similar codes which offer the same thing but only different. You will have to decide which one is more beneficial for your unique circumstances. Apply those codes at payment page before final checkout process to see the final amount suitable for you.

So why wait! Next time you are buying something be sure to have a search for coupon codes.

Happy Shopping!

Published by Kate Westall