In the not too distant past, personal computers were the size of a dorm refrigerator, "apps" sounded like an abbreviation for apples, and the thought of downloading coupons with a couple mouse clicks was inconceivable.
With the development of the World Wide Web, smart phones, email and e-commerce, merchants quickly realized online coupons could reach an entirely new audience. Boy were they right! Nearly one-third of Internet consumers say they use coupons to buy everything from groceries to airfare.
As Internet coupons use grows, merchants continue to develop new methods of cyber-discount distribution. While some of these new marketing techniques may feel intrusive, careful consumers know how to safely and sagely reap their many benefits and savings. Here are just seven advantages of using Internet coupons.
1. Discount Prices
Online coupons allow you to find discounts of anywhere from 10 percent to 50 percent on a wide variety of merchandise and services. Even small the discounts mean you're paying less with a minimum of effort and expense. As Martha Steward would say, "It's a good thing."
Hunting for coupons off the Internet usually involves hunting though newspapers, circulars and direct-mail packets, but Internet coupons are available any time you're ready. There's also no need to spend hours just to cut coupons and no chance of misplacing them. With some you need only click on the coupon code and you'll be directed to the merchant's or manufacturer's website for that purchase.
No more subscribing to newspapers and magazines simply for the coupons and circulars. Your only expense is an Internet connection and the paper on which you print the coupons. Use maximizing methods to stretch printer ink and you'll save even more.
You can search for Internet coupons wherever and whenever you want. With smart phones an special apps, you can even search for coupons while in the store.
Your Internet address allows merchants to offer coupons and information targeted to your specific preferences, making it easier for you to find the coupons you want. The speed and targeting capabilities of the Internet also allow merchants to keep you notified of last minute promotions.
6. Information Rich
Online coupons can link you directly to a merchants’ home page, where you'll find information about related products and services, receive helpful advice or get additional discounts.
7. Enhanced Incentives
Internet coupons allow merchants to integrate coupon savings with other online programs and offline events to ensure you save the maximum amount possible.
8. Green Coupons
As an extra bonus, Internet coupons are environmentally friendlier than conventional coupons, as you only need print the coupons you want.