So, I read on another blog, I don’t remember which one, about a site called Coupon Chief. I had the fleeting thought “I should check that out”. And then I promptly forgot about it as soon as Little Monkey jumped out of bed and informed me, “Mama, all done with night-night! Get me!” I had been summoned and precious nap time was O-V-E-R.
And then, a few days later, I got an email in my inbox asking me to review the site. At first, I’ll be totally honest, I wasn’t terribly interested. I try to keep advertising to a minimum on my blog. But, it reminded me that I wanted to check the site out. So, I did. After looking around, I decided that this was definitely something I could get behind. So, I agreed to the review. Without further ado, I introduce to you couponchief.com.
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Ok, the first thing I learned is that it helps to spell “chief” correctly when you type it in the address bar. Blond moment… too bad I’m a brunette. Anyways.
Once I got there, I was very impressed with the layout of Coupon Chief and the sheer magnitude they cover. There are thousands and thousands of coupons for hundreds and hundreds of stores. Seriously. Places I shop all the time and places I’d never even heard of before. It’s all organized and easy to use. They have coupon codes for just about everywhere. But I’ll get back to that.
Coupon Chief is visually appealing. It’s organized. There are obvious categories and images are included. Who doesn’t love pictures? Coupons are organized by store and tags.
There is a section of popular coupons (which mean they probably work well) and a section of new coupons (for those who are always on the look-out for the hottest deals).
You have the option to sign up for a free account. This allows you to upload coupons, set up alerts for your favorite stores and retailers, and you can track your browsing history. Tracking your history is a pretty sweet feature. No mad searches for that code you saw the other day and now you need it. Just look it up.
If you’re an online retailer, you can sign up and add your site to Coupon Chief’s database. What a great way to get your site some more traffic. I’ve offered coupons in my small little Etsy shop before and I’ve had like two or three people take advantage of them. What a waste, right?! On Coupon Chief, people are looking for a deal, so make it easy for them to find! Sign up is free and easy.
Ok, so that’s the home page. That’s right, that’s just the home page. I am no stranger to online shopping. Some of my favorite sites include: Amazon.com, Jo-Ann.com, Hotwire.com, and Etsy shops. Coupon Chief has coupons for all of these sites! Their database is incredible.
That list is about 2/3 of the stores and retailers listed under “U”. The list for “A”” is crazy long. You’re almost guaranteed to find a coupon for what you’re looking for, regardless of what that is. Ok, that’s all nice and great, right? If they work. This was the part I was a little skeptical about. That many coupons can’t all be valid, right? Well, some of them aren’t. I tried a few different sites (eyebuydirect.com and joann.com) with various codes. Like any coupon site, you may have to try a few different codes, but I eventually found a code that worked for every retailer I tried. But, Coupon Chief will help you take some of the guess work out of the process. They show you a featured coupon and next to coupons that have received feedback, they will tell you how often the code worked. If it’s been a recent success, it’ll list the last date it worked.
Coupon Chief depends on feedback from it’s users, so if you do use or attempt a coupon, report on it! It only takes a few seconds and will make your coupon searching experience go so much more smoothly. And you can count it as your good deed of the day.
While looking at the Pottery Barn Kids site, there were coupons that applied only to certain items. To prevent me from having to enter 37 different coupon codes, trying to find one that works, it has a link directly to the items that qualify. It doesn’t get easier than that. After you follow the link and check out all the goodies, you close the mini window that popped up and you’ll see this feedback box.
If you didn’t use the coupon, just ignore it. If you did, simply click yes or no, depending on whether it worked or not. If it worked, it’ll ask for a little more information on how and what you saved. You then have the option of sharing your awesome score on Facebook and other social networking sites.
They also have a program that allows you to sign up to share coupon codes. Every time one of your coupon codes is used, you get a piece of the sales.
This is definitely a site worth checking out. Even if you don’t use them exclusively, it’s a good collection of possibilities that can save you money. With a little time, patience and some good old determination, you’ll be well on your way to saving the big bucks when you shop online. Check out the amazing selection of savings at couponchief.com.
Happy Shopping and Saving!