Thursday, March 15, 2012

Coupon Chief Review

I thought I was familiar with the most popular online retailer discount code sites...that is, until I was asked to give a review of

I'd never heard of it, which is odd since every time I make an online purchase, I always search for a discount code!  Not only do I never pay full price in store, I try with all my might to use the same philosophy when purchasing online.  While CouponChief is not brand new, they seem to have a better handle on organizing the site, and keeping it updated.  You can find 50,000 coupon codes at over 15,000 retailers daily!

There are a couple of factors that differentiate CouponChief from other sites....

1) They have a "Pays-2-Share" program which offers participants monetary incentives to upload coupons and compensate them when they are used. Every time someone uses a coupon you've uploaded, Coupon Chief will give you 2% of the sales, which can be paid out via a check or PayPal.  While 2% may not sound like much, it adds up when you think about how many people around the world are making online purchases on a daily basis. (Note: You can create an account and login, or post anonymously)

2) There is a "coupon pulse" below each coupon code.  It tells you how many people have clicked on the coupon, how much they saved on average, and sometimes whether or not a company has approved the coupon, meaning it should definitely work!  For example, I bought some camisoles from the other day...prior to my knowledge about, but oh well.  So, I typed in Target, and here is a screenshot of what the "pulse" looks like on the discount code '25% off 1 Liz Lange item'.
You can't actually see the pulse since this coupon hasn't been used often, but on other codes, it resembles an EKG machine!  Well, sort this one!

3) If you have your own online store, you too can add your store and any coupon codes you wish to submit.  Best of all, it's free advertising for your company!

4) The "Coupons-4-Causes" program.  I thought this was really unique, and speaks highly of the ethics of this company.  The program allows you to earn money for your favorite school, church, or charity every time you shop online. For every purchase you make at 1000's of their retail partners, they'll make a donation to the cause of your choice. (Note: Not every single retailer participates.)  To select a cause to support, all you have to do is visit Coupons-4-Causes and search by name or location. If you don't see one you're looking for, just email them and they'll add it.  As an added bonus, they set up every new cause with a $25 account in their system to start them off on the right foot.

While there are some great features to, there are also a few criticisms I have, nothing too major though.  I searched various companies that we regularly order from (REI, Amazon, BabiesRUs), and although the codes are cleaned up fairly regularly, there are still old codes that haven't been used in a year or two at the very top.  I understand these are bigger discounts, but if they're not usable anymore, I don't want to spend the time trying to input them right before I submit my order, and then being disappointed that they don't work.  I do really like the "NEW" stamp that resides next to codes that have just been added though...I'm drawn right to them!

 I also like to open different pages in tabs, versus opening a whole new browser window.  You are not given this choice (as far as I can tell), as it automatically opens up another browser page, which means I am clicking back and forth a little more often, especially if I'm trying various codes.  That is really nitpicky though...if it's saving me money, I can certainly deal with a few more open pages. :)

I will definitely keep in mind the next time I decide to make an online purchase.  The cleanliness of their site is very appealing to someone who is on a mission to save money!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Coupon Chief.  However, all ideas and opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way by the compensation I received.
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