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Searching for promotional and coupon codes online

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Hi, I'm Jess Stratton, and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. and before I finalize my order I can look on the

Searching for promotional and coupon codes online

Hi, I'm Jess Stratton, and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. I do a lot of buying online. I research what I need, I find a reputable online seller who has the product I need at a good price, and then I buy it. Here's what I'm going to show you today though. I never click that Submit Order button until I've done an exhaustive search online to see if there's a coupon or promotion code first. You may have noticed that the area down at the bottom on the online checkout screen has a section for a coupon code or a promotion code.

You may have used it before. Stores use these for current promotions they're running or they may have given you a special code via email, either in a newsletter or to handle a customer service matter. But sometimes the codes are out there and they aren't too widely known. You can search for them online and sometimes you can find 20% off deals or even free shipping. Let's try it out. Here's a site, thinkgeek.com and I'm at the checkout screen and before I finalize my order I can look on the right hand side of the screen and here's the section where I can put in a promotion code if I have one.

Now ThinkGeek has called it a promotion code. Some sites call it a coupon code, so definitely pay attention to what their wording is, Because we're going to use that later, when we search. Also, sometimes you can look on sites and they have special ads at the top of their screen for special promotions. Now it's not going to automatically take that promotion and apply it to your account. A lot of times it will give you a code right there on the home page, and it's up to you to remember it while you're shopping and putting it in.

For example, let's look on the top of the screen here. Here's a banner right at the top of ThinkGeek's page. Free shipping, no minimum. Use code CHASER. So it gives you that code. It's not going to calculate that automatically. It's up to you to come down here, enter this code and type the word CHASER. Now, you'll notice that when you're looking at other sites, for example, I've got one open right here. I'll go to macys.com and right on their homepage there's a great big banner ad that I can get an extra 15% off plus free shipping when I spend $75.

But look in very small print on the right hand side it says promo code CYBER. Again, it's not going to put this deal in automatically. It's up to me to remember it and put this code in when I'm at the checkout screen. So let's come back here to ThinkGeek. Now, I purposely waited til Cyber Monday, which is the Monday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It's a very popular shopping day. Because I knew that there would be some great examples of coupon codes on sites to show you.

But if this was just a normal day and there wasn't any good banner ads at the top of the page that lets you know any good deals, you can also go googling for some deals. Now remember when we looked at whether it was called a promotion code, promotional code or coupon code? Now we can go to Google and type, ThinkGeek promotion code. I'll hit enter, and the very first link is going to take me to a popular site called RetailMeNot that contains coupon codes for lots of companies. So I can click right on this link, and I can browse any existing coupons or well-known promotion codes for this site.

It's going to tell me when it expires. What kind of success rate other people have had by using the code. I can read comments to which people say any fine print about the deal or the coupon code. I can see what the deal is to see if it applies to what I'm actually buying. And then I can click Show Coupon Code to actually see it. So this will give me the actual code that I can then come in, and try to apply it in that checkout box. Now not all sites are created equal.

Sometimes you'll put in a code that appears to have worked for everybody else, but you'll get some sort of message like, I'm sorry, you can't use this. Or even worse, nothing happens at all. You'll put in the code, click apply or submit, and the code disappears and no discount is applied. When something like this happens, it's usually for one of three possible reasons. The first reason is that you just don't meet the particular requirements for that code. Sometimes you have to have a minimum purchase. Maybe to get that free shipping or 20% off your total order, you have to have spent a minimum of $50 or $75.

So look for the fine print if there is one. Secondly, sometimes you can't piggyback coupon codes. That is, if you've already got one in play, such as a coupon code for free shipping, you can't use another coupon code that you found for another 20% off. If there's more than one coupon code that applies to you, pick the one that's the best deal and use that one first just in case you aren't able to use the second one on top of that. And finally, lots of times coupon codes won't work on items that are already on sale online.

So if your code isn't going through and you still think that you match all the requirements, you may already be getting a discount on your products through a site-wide sale or a product sale, and so that coupon code doesn't apply. So that's todays tip. Use coupon codes and promotion codes. And even if you can't find one on the site always go to google and search for one. Because many, many times you will be surprised if you can find a nice little free shipping coupon code that you didn't even know was out there. You can save some real money this way.

So may all your searching give you free shipping and great deals. Happy retailing. Remember to always search for a promotion code and hopefully you can find some really good deals.

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Monday Productivity Pointers

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  1. 6m 4s
    1. Easily annotate images with Skitch
      6m 4s
  2. 10h 8m
    1. Welcome to the series
      1m 13s
    2. Running a group meeting with coworkers
      7m 19s
    3. Recording and marketing chat on air
      8m 30s
    4. Creating a quick presentation
      5m 37s
    5. Presenting from an iPad or computer
      3m 36s
    6. Migrating your accounts to Mint.com
      9m 55s
    7. Setting budgets and goals
      7m 4s
    8. Collaborating on team documents
      5m 53s
    9. Creating an online photo gallery
      4m 58s
    10. Kickstarter: Setting up your project
      10m 41s
    11. Driving traffic to your project
      5m 48s
    12. Conducting a voice call with a virtual team
      6m 40s
    13. Adding video and chat notifications
      4m 7s
    14. Accepting a payment with Square
      4m 35s
    15. Using the Square Wallet
      2m 32s
    16. Setting up shop on Etsy
      6m 31s
    17. Tracking your Etsy sales with Shop Stats
      4m 9s
    18. Raising your Klout score
      7m 3s
    19. Earning Klout perks
      4m 55s
    20. Skydrive: Collaborating on team documents
      4m 56s
    21. Skydrive: Accessing files on the go
      2m 57s
    22. Setting up Google alerts to track your data
      5m 5s
    23. Removing a page from the Google search index
      4m 42s
    24. Browsing privately in public
      4m 38s
    25. Cleaning up your session before logging out
      5m 8s
    26. Troubleshooting a remote computer with TeamViewer
      3m 42s
    27. Taking screenshots from a PC
      4m 12s
    28. Taking screenshots from a Mac
      3m 36s
    29. Setting up Find My iPhone
      3m 36s
    30. Using iCloud to find an iPhone
      3m 49s
    31. Sampling color from the screen
      5m 27s
    32. Using ColourLovers.com for inspiration
      3m 22s
    33. Get an audio clip onto YouTube using iPhoto
      5m 49s
    34. Creating playlists and customizing your YouTube channel
      5m 41s
    35. Record your screen using QuickTime
      3m 14s
    36. Record your screen using CamStudio
      2m 34s
    37. Using Tempo Smart Calendar when you are going to be late
      3m 9s
    38. Using Twist to let your customers know where you are
      3m 38s
    39. Using Wunderlist to track multiple projects
      9m 0s
    40. Use the Wunderlist browser extension to create tasks on the web
      5m 46s
    41. Using Smart Mailboxes with Mac Mail
      6m 52s
    42. Customizing the Mac Mail View
      7m 13s
    43. What's a firewall?
      7m 36s
    44. What is the Cloud?
      4m 42s
    45. Creating your own recipe with IFTTT
      7m 19s
    46. Browsing existing recipes with IFTTT
      5m 7s
    47. Installing the Feedly browser extension
      6m 34s
    48. Customizing Feedly
      6m 53s
    49. Understanding the basics of Twitter
      9m 9s
    50. Using Tweetdeck to handle multiple accounts
      9m 14s
    51. Working with URL Shorteners
      5m 45s
    52. Using bit.ly
      8m 31s
    53. Creating Quick Parts to re-use text
      6m 19s
    54. Moving your Autotext to a new computer
      6m 7s
    55. Shutting off access to social networks
      6m 18s
    56. Hiding taskbars
      2m 36s
    57. Exploring the iOS 7 Update
      10m 7s
    58. Running a productive online meeting
      3m 44s
    59. Getting meeting minutes faster
      6m 47s
    60. TextExpander for Mac
      7m 6s
    61. Breevy for Windows
      3m 44s
    62. Using Smart Folders on a Mac
      5m 52s
    63. Using Windows Libraries
      4m 25s
    64. Finding large attachments in your email apps
      5m 13s
    65. Use Ninite to install all your PC apps at once
      3m 30s
    66. Use Get Mac Apps to install your Mac apps at once
      2m 56s
    67. Creating a disposable email address with Guerrilla mail
      4m 7s
    68. Creating an email address that lasts only 10 minutes
      3m 16s
    69. Finding and adding local vendors to enhance your iOS reminders
      3m 45s
    70. Adding geofencing to Find My Friends
      3m 20s
    71. Turning a Word document contract into a PDF
      4m 1s
    72. Turning a PowerPoint presentation into a PDF
      4m 10s
    73. Resetting browser site passwords
      7m 11s
    74. Disabling toolbars, resizing screens, and accidentally closed tabs
      7m 42s
    75. Identifying your wifi's weakest link
      7m 59s
    76. Setting up dual band speed on your router
      7m 36s
    77. Add your social media activity to your website
      8m 54s
    78. Using WordPress mobile to update on the go
      4m 48s
    79. Matching the header row on your spreadsheet files
      8m 20s
    80. Using a formula to merge first and last name columns
      5m 58s
    81. Using JoliDrive to browse cloud app data
      5m 11s
    82. Using JoliDrive on an iPad
      4m 31s
    83. Finding deals on eBay using misspelled listings
      4m 18s
    84. Searching for promotional and coupon codes online
      5m 52s
    85. Sending real postcards from your computer with Postagram
      4m 25s
    86. Using Postagram to send a real postcard from your smartphone
      3m 55s
    87. Getting to Inbox Zero
      11m 4s
    88. Using existing GMail labels with Mailbox
      3m 19s
    89. Adding 2-step authentication
      3m 39s
    90. Enabling in-app PIN codes
      3m 31s
    91. Accessing your digital movies
      5m 20s
    92. Copying movies onto a device
      3m 25s
    93. Using Genius Scan to scan your documents
      3m 34s
    94. Sending your scans
      2m 41s
    95. Using Acrobat to ink sign a PDF
      4m 49s
    96. Writing a letter of recommendation
      7m 49s
    97. Constructing a successful press release
      4m 48s
    98. Troubleshooting wireless security
      4m 48s
    99. Writing a claim letter
      5m 22s
    100. The best reasons to try online chat customer service
      5m 9s
    101. How to do a firmware update
      6m 34s
    102. Siri, your iPhone assistant
      4m 48s
    103. Writing an email that gets read
      4m 51s
    104. Writing an email that requires action
      2m 54s
    105. Your Blu-ray questions answered
      3m 50s
    106. Using LittleBit to photograph your goal progress
      3m 9s
    107. Exporting WordPress blog entries
      3m 28s
    108. Understanding how Office 365 works
      5m 9s
    109. Using Waze for crowdsourced GPS
      2m 58s
    110. Downloading your Facebook timeline
      3m 10s
    111. Scheduling email with Boomerang
      4m 24s
    112. Google Labs for Calendar
      2m 58s
    113. Finding missing songs in iTunes on your iPhone
      2m 10s
    114. Requesting your Twitter archive
      2m 59s
    115. Using Doodle for easy group scheduling
      4m 59s
    116. Easily remote to another computer with Join.me
      3m 47s
    117. Keyboard shortcuts for YouTube
      2m 58s

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