Online shopping offers ease, convenience, and the opportunity to compare prices before making a purchase… it’s no wonder that nearly half of all Britons over 65 now prefer to shop online rather than in-store. But for some of us, making the shift to more contemporary methods of buying isn’t always easy.
However, there are many fantastic benefits that can be enjoyed by adopting a more ‘cashless’ approach to shopping. If you feel uncomfortable carrying cash, for example — something that many of us experience regardless of age — going cashless could prove to be a suitable solution. And as a bonus, there are many exclusive discounts that can only be used when shopping online, helping you to stretch your pension further and leaving you with more money to enjoy fun days out with the grandkids.
If you’re unsure about where to find the best deals, we’ve collated 9 of the very best sites for online coupons and promotional codes, helping you to ‘go cashless’ while also minimising your outgoings:
1.Plus Voucher Code
Plus Voucher Code makes it to the top spot in our list because it offers discounts for more than 1000 brands, making it one of the biggest online coupon sites in the UK. The site covers 4 different types of offers: deals, which are applied automatically when you click through to a retailer; discounts which provide you with a code to enter at checkout, direct-to-card savings, and free delivery options. The website estimates that the average person could save up to £25 by using the coupons and vouchers.
Groupon offers both online promotional codes that can be applied at checkout, and printable vouchers that you can take into the retailer’s store with you (and if you want to remain truly cashless, you can pay any remainder using a card… just remember to stay safe when using contactless).Groupon is a very comprehensive website, offering deals on everything from toothbrushes to holidays, and one thing we really love about this site is that it allows you to search for deals from local businesses and brands. We love to support a family business with a tradition.
HotUKDeals is perhaps best known for its community forum, and for finding limited time special offers and ‘freebies’ from UK retailers. However, what many people don’t realise is that the website also has a dedicated section for voucher codes.
What we love about this is that other shoppers can rate each promotional code, giving it positive or negative feedback. This is excellent if you’re just getting started with vouchers and coupons as you can easily see which codes are likely to work, and which may not.
MyVoucherCodes aims to find all sorts of online coupons and promotional codes, covering everything from clothing to days out. As one of the bigger sites, it can seem a little overwhelming, which is why we recommend signing up for the email programme which sends you new deals that you may be interested in. You could also use the search function to see what your favourite retailers are offering. This voucher company is owned by the same people who run GoCompare, so expect lots of insurance-related deals.
5. Extreme Couponing UK
Extreme Couponing UK is an excellent choice for anyone just starting to shop online and look for deals. As people like to say every day is a learning day. So, this site is a great example of teaching you how to shop online.
It’s one of the smaller online voucher websites, which means it certainly doesn’t have as many choices as bigger sites such as Plus Voucher Code. But it does benefit from being very easy to navigate. And even if you don’t find any coupons here that you like, this website is still a good source of information, with informative guides and blog posts that can answer many of the questions you may have about deals.
Savoo makes the list for making it easy for us all to support important causes that are close to our hearts while still enjoying great savings when shopping online. The site lists more than 20,000 voucher codes (which are entered online at the retailer’s checkout), and for each code that you use, you can select a charity from over 400 choices for Savoo to donate to. Charities include Alzheimer’s Research UK, Marie Curie, and The Prince’s Trust… the only downside is you’ll need to sign up for a (free) account to donate.
Vouchercloud is good for those who aren’t quite ready to shop exclusively online. That’s because, as well as a range of online discounts, this website also offers a wide selection of coupons that can be used in-store. While some vouchers can be printed, others are sent directly to the Vouchercloud app, so make sure you have a phone that can support this software. While this can be a bit frustrating, the advantage is that having the code on your device minimises the risk of it getting lost. Swings and roundabouts!
Quidco works in two ways. First, it offers a range of online vouchers and mobile and in-store discounts that can be used in the same way as coupons from other voucher websites. Second, it offers automatic cashback every time you shop online from an approved retailer, with a percentage of your purchase value being repaid into your Quidco account. You can withdraw this fund to your bank or PayPal account. Don’t forget: You need to click through to the retailer from the Quidco site to be eligible for cashback.
9. Expert Reviews
Expert Reviews, which is a review website focusing primarily on technology and gadgets, may seem like a strange website to make our list, but we can’t overlook the dedicated voucher codes page which really is quite good. As you may expect for a tech website, there are plenty of voucher codes for laptops, mobiles, small appliances, and so on, but there are also brands such as Very, Argos, and Travelodge, too. Most deals are in the form of promotional codes, which need to be entered at checkout on the retailer’s website.
Learning how to shop online can be challenging, but it can help you to live a happier life after retirement. Since mobility is a concern— online shopping seems like the best solution. Shopping on sites for coupons and promotional codes lets you buy all the necessary things on a budget without even leaving the house, waiting in line or dragging the heavy bags full of groceries.
These sites from the list have so much to offer, and there is no reason for you to be missing them out!