PROS / This site has a powerful search function that is easy to use and yields great results.
CONS / The help and support section is lacking in bulk, including a technical phone number and video tutorials.
VERDICT / RetailMeNot is a fantastic online coupon service for bargain hunters everywhere.
RetailMeNot is a one-stop shop for frugal living. This online coupon service has hundreds of coupon codes to your favorite stores, a fantastic selection of printable and local coupons, a respectable amount of grocery coupons and a fabulous blog with tips on how to live a better, thriftier lifestyle.
Coupon codes, printable coupons and grocery coupons – this online coupon service has thousands of offers for you to take advantage of.
Coupon codes are the coupon website's main attraction. You can search through categories or individual merchants, though we suggest typing in the specific store you need a discount code for into the powerful search engine.
We are most impressed by the printable coupon section, however. You will start by entering your zip code. A Google map of your area will populate. The map features little colored orbs with the number of local coupons you can print hovering over your specific zip code and nearby cities. This online coupon service provides the best selection of local coupons we have seen from any coupon service we have researched. You can find local coupons for restaurants, educational opportunities, auto repair, entertainment, professional services and more.
The grocery coupon section is not huge by any means, but there were over 30 that you could clip and print. You can also share the coupons on Twitter and Facebook by using the provided buttons.
RetailMeNot is an interactive coupon website. After you use a coupon code, for example, you are encouraged to vote, giving the coupon thumbs up or down and to include a comment about how the coupon worked for you.
Like most coupon services, RetailMeNot has a large selection of coupons for national and regional stores like JCPenney and Macy’s. Before heading off to a department store, we recommend that you check this coupon website first to find extra discounts that you can apply to your in-store purchase.
RetailMeNot sends out general email newsletters with updates and hot deals. You can also sign up for email alerts for specific stores. If you are interested in coupons from Southwest Airlines, for example, you can register to receive an email alert for when new Southwest coupons and codes are available. Registration is not required because you can sign up for alerts using any email or social media account that you already have.
Never used a coupon code before? RetailMeNot makes sure that you know exactly how to use the coupon on your favorite site to save big. On every page of the site that you navigate to, you can select the side tab "How to use a coupon." A window will appear with a simple but detailed two-step instruction.
The homepage of RetailMeNot is organized in several categories, including: Popular Stores, Popular Merchants, Today's Top Coupons and Top Categories. Navigate away from the homepage and you will always have access to the main site tabs located at the top of the page, including Coupon Codes, Printable Coupons, Grocery Coupons and Community. We appreciate the organized categories and tabs as they make the site easy to navigate.
All the links worked smoothly and the coupon codes were easily accessible. Unlike other online coupon sites, RetailMeNot does not require that you install a printer application.
The online coupon service has a FAQs section that is well organized. If you have any questions that the FAQs cannot answer, you can also fill out an online form. We are disappointed that the online coupon service only provides these two support options and wish there were video tutorials or even a phone number.
If you don't need technical help but do need tips or advice on how to be a more savvy shopper and just save more money in general, the RetailMeNot Insider is an excellent resource. Topics covered include Beauty, Entertainment, Fashion, Parenting and Family, Frugal Living, Gifts, Money, etc.
We agree with thousands of Americans who refuse to pay full price for retail items. With online coupon services like RetailMeNot, it is easy not to. This coupon service does not, by any means, offer the widest variety of grocery coupons, but their selection of coupon codes almost makes up for it. We are disappointed in their help and support options, however, and feel that just adding a video tutorial or phone number would be a step up from their current selection.