Over the past eight months I’ve searched over 2,000 popular retailer’s Facebook pages looking for coupons and was very disappointed with the results. Despite the wildly popular advice of using social media to save money, the majority of online retailers simply don’t share coupons via Facebook anymore. Instead, most simply use their feeds to share pictures of new arrivals and styles which they’re selling at full-price.
But alas, all hope is not lost, as I did find close to 30 online retailers who proudly share coupon codes regularly on their Facebook page. Many of which were exclusive coupons that couldn’t be found on popular coupon websites. If you’re a loyal shopper with any of these retailers, you should always check their Facebook page before clicking the “Buy Now” button. Below are my findings, in alphabetical order, along with some commentary on just good the coupons are in comparison to what they typically offer.
The 6PM Facebook page is an excellent source for saving money when buying shoes and apparel online. They often share exclusive coupon codes like the above example for 10% off your entire order for the first 30,000 uses or until the end of the day. 6PM.com does not share many coupons with coupon websites which makes their Facebook page an excellent “Like” in order to save.
A truly great coupon offer on Facebook is defined when the coupon is better than what you can find on most coupon sites on the Internet. This is absolutely the case with this 50% off All Posters.com coupon code they posted a while back on their Facebook page. We get new All Posters coupon codes on a weekly basis for things like free shipping on $14.99+ or up 30% off your entire order but rarely do we get something in the 50% off range.
The social media team at American Apparel have consistently used their Facebook page as a way to share coupon codes with their loyal followers. Whenever I’m looking for a coupon for these guys to add to Rather-Be-Shopping, I start my search on their wall and usually find a code. In the case above, the currently have a 25% off coupon code that is good site-wide. Facebook is the only place I could find this code.
American Eagle Outfitters
Over the pass couple years, American Eagle has gotten increasingly stingier with their coupon codes. Instead, they’ll often offer site wide sales with no code required to get the discount. But when they aren’t offering a decent sale, be sure to head directly to the AEO Facebook page to find a coupon code to save some money. From past experience, they typically share a couple per week that can definitely help you save some money.
Ann Taylor LOFT
I really like it when a retailer makes the coupons on their Facebook page stand out. This is exactly what Ann Taylor LOFT does with their FB page. Bold and upfront is where you’ll find their discounts like this 30% off everything plus free shipping coupon. If you’re shopping regularly at AT LOFT, and not checking their Facebook page first, there is a great chance you’re over-paying.
If you ever shop online at Banana Republic.com, or walk into one of their brick & mortar stores to pick up a new pair of chinos, and don’t follow them on Facebook, you’re clearly not a great bargain hunter. They keep their FB page updated with some great coupons like this 40% off code they were promoting on Oscars weekend. The cool thing about the offer was that it was available for online AND in-store shopping which is fairly rare as coupons are typically only available for one or the other.
Almost 7 million people can’t be wrong. That’s the number of consumers following Best Buy on Facebook in the hopes of staying in the know when it comes to coupons and deals from the consumer electronics giant. While Best Buy does have the rare percentage off coupon on your entire purchase, the majority of the coupons on their Facebook page are for specific items like this one for $100 a Hewlett-Packard laptop. You often have to weed out a bunch of crap on their page but it’ll be worth the effort as they do have some pretty good money saving offers like the current $10 Rewards Certificates when you pre-order and purchase select gaming titles.
Bebe is a clothing retailer who can be a bit stingy with coupons so I was pleasantly surprised to find a coupon posted on their wall. Before I found this coupon, it was back in January that I added a new Bebe code to Rather-Be-Shopping. From now on I’ll be checking their Facebook page more often as it appears they post new coupons on a weekly basis.
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Big 5 Sporting Goods is a discount seller and one of my personal favorites when buying sporting goods for my kids who play youth soccer, baseball, and basketball. I always shop with a Big 5 coupon and I always find them on their Facebook page. Today is no exception as they have a printable coupon good for 20% off any 1 regular priced item or 10% off a sale or clearance item.
I’m not sure what is more crazy, Cheap Tickets.com only having 40,567 Facebook likes, or the amazingly cool fact that they promote their coupons right in their cover photo. Upon visiting their FB page you don’t have to wade through anything to find their best coupon code as it’s right there at the top. Love it. This week the coupon is for 19% off your hotel booking with code AUGUST.
I was impressed with the coupons found on The Children’s Place corner of the world on Facebook. They keep their FB page updated with some pretty great offers, some of which are completely unique to their followers. The next time your kid outgrows some threads, which will be next week, hit up their Facebook page for an online coupon code.
Cost Plus World Market
Anytime a retailer posts a significant coupon (20% or more) on their Facebook page, that can be used online or in-store, it’s totally worth “liking” them. Cost Plus World Market did exactly that with a coupon good for 10% off $50+, 15% off $75+, 20% off $100+, or 25% off your $150+ order. If you’re buying furniture from them (which I highly recommend by the way), the 25% off $150 or more is the only way to go.
Whenever shopping for new luggage, backpacks, and handbags, check the eBags Facebook page for a coupon code. They update it often with codes in the 15% to 25% off range, along with free shipping. eBags can be hit-or-miss when it comes to offering coupons to the general public and they rarely send them directly to me so I was stoked to find one on Facebook.
I love the Famous Footwear coupon presence on Facebook for a couple reasons. The first is the obvious regular posting of coupons that can be used online and in-store. The second, and more significant in my opinion, is that they actually have an employee responding personally to questions. For example, they recently had a coupon expire that was posted on their Facebook page, a lady then asked when a new one was coming out and a FF rep actually responded to her and dropped the info on how she can sign-up for coupon text alerts and get an instant coupon for doing so.
While Forever 21 might not always have traditional coupon codes on their Facebook page, they have some really cool exclusive content that can help you save money. For example, in the above screen capture they an exclusive 15% discount for teachers and students. If you shop regularly at Forever 21, you’ll want to get in the habit of stopping by their Facebook page first.
Hanna Andersson is notoriously stingy with their coupons. As in like, they hardly EVER have any. So I was stoked when I discovered that the regularly add coupons to their Facebook page. If you’re a Hanna-fanatic I suggest you give throw a “Like” their way, it’ll undoubtedly help you save some cash.
Harry & David
Harry & David coupons can be a bit elusive. I should know as I’ve been scouring the web for them since 2002. I always start my search on their Facebook page as every couple weeks they’ll release a new coupon for free shipping or up to 20% off your online purchase.
While the JCPenney page on Facebook has way too many ladies modeling autumn dresses, it does have some great in-store and online coupons posted if you dig a little bit. For example, last week they had a JCPenney coupon good for a flat 15% off your entire purchase. It appears they update their page with a new coupon offer every Thursday to prep for weekend shoppers.
With close to 11 million “Likes”, the Kohl’s Facebook page is obviously a popular destination. With exclusive content like the above coupon for $10 off your $30+ order at Kohl’s it’s no surprise. While not an earth shattering coupon, they do a nice job of consistently sprinkling new codes into their FB content.
With over a million Facebook followers, Lands’ End has been able to grow their FB page be offering useful money-saving coupons and content on a regular basis. In addition to the 20% off all towels and bedding coupon, I have seen coupons good for 25% off your entire order with free shipping on $50 or more. Another cool benefit of following Lands’ End on Facebook is you’ll be the first to know when a coupon is extended.
Because Michaels is a retailer that freely allows coupons on smartphones, you can leverage their Facebook page into direct savings at the checkout register when in-store. Just pull them up on your Facebook app and click on their most recent coupon. The displayed coupon can then be scanned directly from your smartphone. Typical offers include 40% off any 1 item and a coupon good for 25% off your entire purchase.
For those not shopping regularly for men’s apparel, Paul Fredrick is probably still a secret. Their Facebook page consistently has better coupon codes than the majority of coupon websites which is pretty cool. For example, the above 20% off coupon + free shipping easily beat the likes of RetailMeNot and Coupons.com who had a coupon for 20% off with a minimum purchase required of $200.
As you probably guessed, Perfumania sells perfume and cologne at discount prices. They have an active presence on Facebook and post new coupons fairly often. The above example of 25% off with free shipping was a better coupon than you could find on any coupon website on August 18th which is notable. Be sure to “Like” their page to be kept in-the-know of similar coupons in the future.
Pet Food Direct
Pet lovers rejoice as the folks at Pet Food Direct are constantly adding coupon codes to their Facebook page. Most coupons only last 24 hours or less but can save you significant money on pet food, supplies, and pet beds. Unfortunately, Petco and Petsmart rarely, if ever, post coupons on Facebook so Pet Food Direct could be your next best option.
Rite Aid has been trying recently to grow their online store and they’re using their Facebook page to increase awareness. In particular, they have been throwing up some great online coupons for 20% off $50 or more, along with the occasional coupon good for 25% off your entire purchase. And before you ask, “No, the coupon codes can’t be used on prescription drugs”…I already tried.
The cool thing about the coupons that Sears shares on their Facebook page is they are often “Flash Sale” coupons and are very time-sensitive. This means most coupon websites simply aren’t able to collect and post them before they expire making the Sears Facebook page a must-check before you finalize your purchase on their website.
The cool thing about the Shoebuy.com presence on Facebook is that they post coupons on it that are better than what they give me to put up on Rather-Be-Shopping.com. That is always a great sign of a Facebook page worth checking out. For example, they recently emailed me a 10% off coupon to post and on the same day threw up a 20% off coupon code on Facebook. Similar to Zappos, every order includes free shipping and free exchanges.
If you shop regularly at Shutterfly.com, it’s worth the effort of following them on Facebook to get exclusive coupons and deals. Not only do they offer coupon codes for free prints (like the one above) buy you’ll also find site-wide coupons for up to 40% off your order.
This fall I have a son playing little league baseball and two daughters playing youth soccer. So yeah, I have used a Sports Authority coupon once or twice in the past month. I post them on Rather-Be-Shopping when I find them and the first place I always look is on their Facebook page. Many times they’re limited time “Flash” coupons like the 25% off any item in the screen capture above which are great for a significant purchase like a pair of soccer cleats or a new baseball bat.
Ask the Reader: Any retailers that I missed that post great coupons on Facebook on a regular basis? Let me know in the comments below.
By Kyle James
I love tips and advice on saving money that comes straight from the horse’s mouth. Whether it be from an employee of a company, or someone with intimate knowledge of the inner-workings, you can often score some very useful info that will save you money. So when I discovered an article published on MentalFloss.com written by Jacob Tomsky, a current front desk hotel employee, with over 10 years experience, my interest was piqued. He didn’t disappoint as he spilled the beans on some cool insider hotel knowledge that will save you money and get you free upgrades. Here are a few of my favorites…
The Single Best Way to Get a Free Room-Upgrade
Think about the 7th president of the U.S., Andrew Jackson, who adorns the $20 bill. Apparently slipping the front desk employee a twenty will almost always works when asking for a room-upgrade. Despite what you’ve been told, there is always a better room available. Along with free room upgrades, you stand a great chance of scoring things like “late checkout, free movies, free minibar, room service amenities, and more.” Front desk employees are authorized to upgrade for special occasions, and a twenty-spot fits the bill according to Jacob.
Know How to Complain to Get Stuff
Not happy with something in your room or the hotel in general? Don’t shoot the front desk employee as they typically had nothing to do with it. From the article, instead ask questions like “Should I speak to a manager about this?” or “Should I speak to housekeeping about this?”. By taking this approach, the front desk employee will typically handle the problem for you. Also, ask for their name to create accountability and to guarantee they actually do something about the problem.
How Guests Indulge in the Minibar…But Never Pay
Apparently, charges stemming from the hotel minibar are horribly inaccurate. Things like double-stocking, and delays in re-stocking, cause most front desk employees to simply remove them from your bill if you claim you never indulged in the overpriced Snickers or Coke.
Beware “Getting Walked” by the Hotel
The term “walking a guest” was a new one to me and simply means the hotel is over-booked and needs to send you to another hotel on their dime. A major pain in the butt for most travelers. You’re more likely to get walked if you book for a single night, use a discount travel site like Expedia to book, or are being a total JERK (you’ve been warned!).
Discount Travel Sites are a Bad Deal For Travelers
Sure, you might get a good nightly rate using a site like Expedia, Hotwire, Hotels.com, or Orbitz, but the hotel earns the least on these bookings and is gonna stick you in the worst rooms. Hotels assume you booked for the rate, not out of a sense of loyalty, and are less likely to bend over backwards to make you happy. I’ve written about this phenomena before and how you can often get a better deal by dealing directly with hotels and airlines.
These secrets are just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the article below to see the rest of the goodness. Example: Lemon Pledge in hotel room drinking glasses, ewww. Thanks Jacob for the insider tips.
10 Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk | Mental Floss
By Kyle James
Photo by Holidayextras.
Have you ever had something show up at your door from Amazon.com, or another site, that you didn’t order? If you have, it can be a bit of head-scratcher. This happened to me last week when we received an item that Amazon sells for a whooping $339. I knew I couldn’t just keep it without contacting Amazon first as I figured someone had paid for it and was wondering when it would be showing at their front door. Here is how the whole thing went down and what Amazon told me to do with the expensive item…
Huge Box Shows Up at My Door
So last week, a big ol’ Amazon box shows up at our front door and my son tears it open thinking it’s his new school backpack. To his surprise, and disappointment, the box contained a VERY expensive BIG brown comforter set for a full-sized bed. We all scratched our heads and tried to figure out if my wife ordered it, or maybe it was a gift from someone? We don’t have a full-sized bed in our home so we were quite perplexed. Once my wife got home, she was equally confused and had no idea why it showed up.
Amazon Has No Record of the Order
So I took to the inter-webs and logged into our Amazon account to see if there was any record of the comforter set. Nada. So I hit up Amazon live chat and explained the situation to the operator. The only record of the order I had was the UPS sticker on the front of the box as it showed up without a packing slip. After snapping a pic of the label and getting it to the Amazon rep, she could not find any record of the order anywhere in their system.
What Amazon Told Me To Do
“Keep it.” Yes, Amazon told me to keep the $339 comforter set. Since they had no record of the order, and thus couldn’t create a return label so I could return it, they simply told me it was mine. But I was like, “I didn’t pay for it” and in their Indian accent were like, “Nothing for you to worry about, I will going to leave a note on your account” in case someone claims the bedding set at which point they’ll offer a refund or replacement.
I figured they’d thank me for my honesty and politely ask me to return it. I guess that’s more of a pain-in-the-ass for them than it’s worth. I wonder at what price point they’d ask me to return the item? $500, maybe $1,000? Anyone know?
The most amazing part of this whole dealio? A quick Amazon search shows this comforter set is being sold for $339. I guess I’ll put it up for sale on eBay unless you know someone who may be interested? I plan to donate the money earned from the sale to charity. Below is the transcript of my chat session with Amazon and details how the whole thing went down…
Ask the Reader: Have you ever had a package show up at your front door that you didn’t order? How did you handle it, and if you contacted the company, what was their response?
By Kyle James
I love me some Chipotle Grill. Fresh, fast, and very tasty. As a matter of fact, I have a buy one burrito, get one free, coupon on my phone right now that my taste buds can’t wait to use. In the past, I have talked about some clever ways to save money and get mucho chow at Chipotle and today I have the smoking-gun proof that you can indeed get a HUGE burrito or burrito bowl from Chipotle and pay the same as everyone else. The folks at Apartment List.com have done the painstakingly delicious research and came up with some Chipotle menu hacks that’ll score you a big ol’ meal on the cheap. Here are a few of the major takeaways from their article so you can make it happen too…
Order Both Types of Rice
Start by ordering a burrito or burrito bowl and ask for both white and brown rice. The folks at Apartment List did the math and came up with 93%. As in a whooping 93% more rice. This increases the overall weight of your meal by 23%.
Ask for Both Types of Beans
Next, ask for both black and pinto beans and the server will happily oblige. You’ll end up with 92% more beans and an overall weight increase of 16%. High in protein, no doubt, just not a great idea if you’re on a first-date.
Order Meat Half & Half
Chipotle serves chicken, steak, carnitas, and barbacoa. If you order half chicken, half steak, you should in theory get a full serving of meat. But in actuality, you end up with a 3/4 scoop of each. This ends up being 54% more meat and an overall increase in weight of 9%.
Don’t Forget the Veggies and Corn Salsa
Corn salsa and fajita veggies are both free add-ons that are often neglected. Throw both of these bad boys on your burrito or bowl and get an extra 2.55 ounces of chow, which increase the overall weight by approximately 15%.
If you do all of these Chipotle hacks you’ll end up with approximately 32 ounces of food. In case you were wondering, and I know you were, an average burrito at Chipotle comes in at about 17 ounces. So in the end, you get 86% more food for the exact same price.
The Apartment List article talks about ordering a burrito bowl and a couple free tortillas on the side and wrapping the behemoth yourself. C’mon, ain’t nobody got time for that. I’ll stick with ordering a burrito bowl and use all of the tips mentioned above, and in the article below, and get a mammoth amount of food at a very reasonable price.
6 Tricks to Get 86% More Chipotle Burrito (for free!) | Apartment List.com
By Kyle James
Photo by Mike Mozart.
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Amazon.com is all set for their inaugural “Prime Day” starting at 12 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 15th. A day when they’ll release exclusive deals to Amazon Prime members every 10 minutes. They’re billing the event as a day when they’ll have more deals, and better deals, than their Black Friday event. They plan on having 7 “Deals of the Day” along with thousands of limited time/quantity “Lightning Deals”.
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