Bring out your inner skinflint

Consumer Reports News: March 12, 2008 07:06 PM

Money is tight these days, and most of us appreciate whatever advice we can get on saving. Our resident penny pincher, Anthony Giorgianni, shares one of his recent money-saving moves.

I recently decided to upgrade to the expanded-function “pro” version of one my favorite freeware computer programs, RoboForm, a handy and high-rated password manager and Web form filler. Just as I was about to pay $29.95 at the “checkout,” the wise shopper (make that “skinflint”) in me took over. In a new browser window, I Googled “Roboform coupon.” Right near the top of my search results was an online coupon for 20 percent off. I pasted the coupon code into the checkout page and got an instant $6 savings.

The lesson? Don’t even think of shopping online (and maybe elsewhere) without searching thoroughly for an online discount coupon. You’ll likely find that a simple Web search works best, though here are just a few of the many Web sites that offer free coupons and coupon codes: couponchief.com, couponcabin.com, fatwallet.com, retailmenot.com, and ultimatecoupons.com. Who knows how much the skinflint in you can save?


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