Being a total coupon nerd, I am always on the hunt for new and unique ways to score a discount. Some of my favorites include using live chat, abandoning your virtual cart, and using social media. So last month when I was looking for a coupon for Shutterfly.com to finish my Christmas shopping, I decided on a whim to hit them up via Facebook Messenger to see if they would give me a coupon code. For some reason I kinda figured I would strike out and it would take them forever to respond. Wow, was I wrong! They got back to me within 10 minutes with a coupon code to help me save 25% off my purchase.
At that moment the idea for this article was born. So recently I reached out to over 100 popular retailers via Facebook Messenger and politely asked them if they had a coupon for free shipping or a percent off my purchase. Over 70% of the retailers responded, but not all had a coupon or discount to hand out. But the good news is 23 of them did, and here they are in alphabetical order:
The next time you can’t find a coupon for 1-800-Flowers.com be sure to hit them up via Facebook messenger. Within minutes, Catherine gave me specific instructions on how to score a 30% off discount. She also gave me a flat 15% off coupon code for orders that were not specifically for Valentines’s Day. Easy money.
The folks at All Posters.com were a little late in getting back to me but sometimes tardiness pays off as they hooked me up with a 40% off coupon code. 40% off is the best coupon I have ever seen from them. Interestingly, I also contacted their partner website Art.com via Facebook messenger and I never heard back.
Birthday Express.com really came through for me via Facebook messenger. Within 10 minutes I was given a coupon code for 20% off $75 or more as well as a 15% off orders below $75. So the next time you are planning a party or event and can’t find a coupon, be sure to hit them up via FB messenger.
So this one is kinda cool. Boscov’s originally responded to me and said they were trying to get me a coupon code and would get back to me. I figured I’d never hear back but I was totally wrong. They got back to me the following day with a coupon code for 15% off your $75+ online order. Very cool.
I was pleasantly surprised that Brookstone got back to me with not one, but two, coupon codes to use on my online purchase. They gave me a coupon code for $10 off $80 or more, $15 off your $120+ order, both with free shipping. Definitely worth the 30 seconds required to shoot them a quick FB message.
Cost Plus World Market
The social media team at Cost Plus World Market quickly hooked me up with a 15% off coupon code good at their website as well as in-store. I was impressed with this coupon as it provides better savings than most of the codes they release to the general public which are usually for $10 off your $100+ order or a flat 10% off.
Crate & Barrel
While I may not have received a coupon for free shipping or a percent off, I was very impressed with the quick response I got from Crate & Barrel. It is clear that Facebook messenger is a viable option when looking for a coupon code. Always worth a shot.
It took a little bit of digging, but I was finally able to drag the Gap coupon code out of Jerry from the Gap customer relations department. Good thing I did, because the discount was pretty awesome. Specifically, 50% off all sale styles in your purchase.
Harry & David
While not quite as forthcoming with coupon codes, the folks at Harry & David dropped a great insider tip on finding coupons on their website. You simply type the word “coupons” into the search box on their website and you’ll get access to some great money saving offers.
I was impressed with the quick response via Facebook messenger that I got from J.Crew. It took exactly 8 minutes for them to send me a coupon code for 40% off final sale items along with free shipping. Pretty cool way to make sure you never pay full price.
Mandi, who works for the social media team at J.Jill shared a coupon with me for discounted shipping along with a 40% off all sale priced items. If you are a loyal J.Jill shopper you would be well served to follow them on Facebook and hit them up via messenger whenever you are in need of a coupon code to plug in at checkout.
I was also impressed with the quick response from JCPenney. They hooked me up with a coupon code for 20% off your online order with your JCP card (15% off without). Be sure to send them a quick message if you can’t find a coupon in any of your regular looking places and I think you’ll be happy with the results.
Although the folks at Justice couldn’t hook me up with free shipping, they gave me a coupon code for 40% off your entire purchase. To quote the “great” Charlie Sheen, “Winning.”
I hit up Lands’ End mid week and I think they were between promotions so I didn’t get much from them. But I wanted to make sure and include them because I have it on very good authority that they almost always have exclusive promos and coupons to hand out via Facebook and Twitter for those who politely ask.
The information Michaels shared was incredibly valuable. Not only did they share a link to all of their current coupon codes, but they dropped the 411 on an upcoming coupon. “Check back tomorrow- we’ll have a 20% Entire code good from 4 – 9 p.m.” Very cool.
While Mikasa didn’t give me any exclusive info or coupons, they shared a free shipping and 20% off coupon that they are currently featuring. The fact that they responded so quickly tells me that Facebook messenger is a solid way to score a Mikasa coupon in the future.
Modells Sporting Goods
The response from Modell’s Sporting Goods made me laugh so I had to include it. They get an A+ for honesty. Be sure to wait until President’s Day to make that next big purchase. LOL.
While Nordtstrom didn’t give me a coupon via Facebook, I am still adding them to this list because they were the fastest response I received at just over two minutes. It also seems clear that they do indeed share promos and coupons via messenger when they are available.
If you’re about to strike out and pay full price at Payless ShoeSource be sure to hit them up on Facebook and politely ask for a coupon. I quickly received a 10% off coupon code along with free shipping on $35 or more.
I was mildly surprised with the great coupon code Petco gave me for 20% off your $49 or more online purchase. I was expecting them to only give me the coupons that you can find on their homepage. Nice job Petco, I’ll be hitting you up all the time when shopping for the family Basset Hound.
Pet Food Direct.com
The team at Pet Food Direct.com quickly sent me a 10% off coupon code with free shipping when you spend $79 or more. Not a drop dead amazing coupon, but if you were about to pay full price on your pet supplies you’d appreciate a 10% discount.
I was pretty darn stoked and impressed that Shoebuy.com immediately got back to me with a sweet 20% off coupon code along with free shipping. The coupon even had its own landing page to make the redemption process even easier. OK, so you have been warned, NEVER pay full price at Shoebuy.com.
The folks at Shutterfly.com quickly (3 minutes to be exact) sent me a coupon code to get free shipping if I spend $39 or more. I then sent a message back to them asking if they also had a coupon code for a percent off my order. They then sent me a coupon code for 25% off my entire order. Moral of the story: Be persistent if you are not happy with the original coupon as they often have other codes to hand out to those who politely ask.
Ask the Reader: Have you ever successfully scored a coupon via Facebook messenger? Let me know what retailer hooked you up. Thanks.
By Kyle James
As we quickly head toward the end of January, I figured it was finally time to put fingers to keys and write an article about the best way, and hottest trend, to save money shopping in 2015. Put simply, it is social media. The main players in 2015 are Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. By using all 3 on a regular basis you can almost guarantee you’ll never pay full price. In many cases, you’ll also learn to make something (or fix something) yourself to save even more money on out-of-pocket expenses. Retailers are finally wising up to the incredible reach they have with social media, and as consumers we need to use this knowledge to our advantage. Here are five ways to make it happen, starting today.
Learn to Save Money Via a Twitter Conversation
In recent years, Twitter has become a great tool when it comes to saving a buck. The obvious way is to follow all of your favorite retailers on Twitter as many constantly update their feeds with things like exclusive coupons and a early sneak peeks on upcoming sales and promotions.
The “gee whiz” way to save money (that most consumers don’t know about) is having a Twitter conversation with companies when you feel they have done you wrong in some way. Perhaps you had a terrible customer service experience or were ripped off. Or maybe you are not happy with what you are paying for your cell service or cable/satellite TV. The bottom-line is that most companies have an ear to the ground and are looking to be proactive on Twitter when they find a customer who is not happy. This personally happened to me when I made an “off the cuff” comment on Twitter about how much a pay Verizon every month. Within minutes, Verizon tweeted back to me and offered to help me with my bill and get it lowered.
The fact of the matter is companies have employees trolling Twitter this exact moment looking to right a wrong and even help you get your monthly bill reduced. Use this information as a money-saving tool in 2015 and I think you can definitely get some bills lowered. Especially bills like your cell phone, land-line (AT&T), Charter Cable, DirecTV, and Dish Network.
Become a #Hashtag Pro and Quickly Find a Deal
So a hashtag (#) is used to narrow down searches and categorize popular searches on social media sites including Facebook and Twitter. For example, someone on Twitter might post a coupon for Sports Authority and include the hashtag #Coupon, #SACoupon, #SportsAuthorityDeal or #SportsAuthorityCoupon - so if you are looking for a coupon to use on your next Sports Authority purchase, just do a quick search on Twitter or Facebook for those hashtags. It will allow you to quickly sift through the social media rubble and find any possible coupons or deals you can use to save money.
The mighty hashtag can easily become your money saving best friend in 2015. Always search for # followed by whatever you’re looking for. Examples include #HawaiiDeals, #GapCoupons, #SpringBreakBargains, #ValentinesCoupons, #HotelDeals, #BlackFriday, JCrewDiscounts, etc..
Become a Loyal Facebook Follower
If you’re not following your favorite stores and retailers on Facebook in 2015 you’re potentially losing out on a lot of savings. This trend really took off last year as most popular retailers starting using their Facebook feed as a way to grow brand loyalty. What is one of the best ways to grow brand loyalty…by offering exclusive incentives, early details on flash sales, and exclusive coupons to followers. Real world example: Just last week I took to the Old Navy Facebook page before I did some shopping and ended up saving $35 as I was able to use a Facebook exclusive 50% off in-store coupon on my purchase. Be sure to “Like” your favorite retailers on Facebook in 2015 and the savings will sure to follow.
Become a Pinterest DIY’er and Save $$$
Pinterest is a frugal persons dream come true. The site is stuffed full of great tips on saving money at home and learning how to re-purpose clothing, furniture, and home decor. Also, you can easily track down pin boards on things like home remodels, new hairdos, and DIY projects that include plumbing, home decorating, and fashion tips. All of which can save you significant money by helping you learn to do and repair things yourself.
Track Down Killer Travel Deals on Twitter
Twitter is no longer just for keeping track of your favorite celebrities and athletes. Nowadays you can use it to track down some pretty killer deals, especially on travel. There are some very popular Twitter accounts set up to track and share travel deals for airfare, hotel, and vacation packages. Here are a few Twitter accounts that are my personal favorites when looking for travel deals. You definitely need to be following them in 2015 if you plan to look for travel bargains of any kind.
- @JetBlueCheeps - This is the official Twitter feed for JetBlue airlines which they update daily with exclusive deals and coupons. Currently they are promoting $32 fares to NYC and Chicago. Awesomeness.
- @AirfareWatchDog – “The only low airfare alert site that covers all airlines.” They tweet new airfare deals every 10-20 minutes. They allow you to stay in the know of any amazing airfare price drops so you can jump on them quickly.
- @FareCompare – “FareCompare presides over a kingdom of sophisticated software to find you cheap flights.” They also post some really useful articles for booking travel deals like the Cheapest Days to Fly in 2015. Answer: When traveling in the U.S. fly Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday.
- @FrugalTravelGuy – “Sharing tips & tricks that we can use to see the world at prices we all can afford!” Be kept in the know of awesome travel deals as well as cool tips like the best day of the week to book hotel rooms. The writers of FrugalTravelGuy.com also help readers get free upgrades as well as teaching folks how to use credit cards to churn free travel points and rewards (Article).
Happy savings in 2015. Let me know if you have any questions and I’d love to help you personally.
By Kyle James
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