Couponing has unintentionally become one of my most pervasive hobbies.Outside of the regular grocery store, I also use coupons as much as possible for every part of my family’s life. In my digital life, I consume every digital resource that I can that will help me save and get the most for my money.
Apple’s once omnipresent ad campaign stated that for every issue: “there’s an app for that”.
For me, and a great majority of things: “there’s a coupon for that”.
What can I say? I get it from my grandmother, an old-school couponer, who kept a large family under budget with her coupon drawer. She’s 80+, and still couponing. I wouldn’t call her extreme, but she does have her purchases under her thumb, quite literally, actually.
Outside of the usual ways of finding coupons, I get Google to do a little work for me, and bring me the goods.
Using Google’s search operators:
- When searching for a specific restaurant, add the word coupon, and put that in quotes. Google will only return pages that have both of those words together. E.g. “Huhot coupon”.
- Add a date range by going to “search tools” on the far right of the navigation bar located under the search box, and selecting the dropdown labeled “any time”. Past month is best to get the most current deals, and those that have been added to Google’s index.
- If you are searching for an entertainment venue in your city, be sure to add your city name in your search.
- Once you have a good search phrase, or you come across some good results, set up a Google alert so that you can get emailed everytime a page gets indexed by Google that contains what you are looking for. Any time there is a new blog post, a new Facebook status, tweet, or news article with your keywords — you’ll be notified.
Google Chrome extension: RSS reader
- Although I use the RSS reader, Feedly, to consume blog and news stories, there are some blogs that I want to be notified as soon as they post, not when I get around to reading them (e.g. SouthernSavers). For those time sensitive blogs, I use an extension that is available to Google Chrome users called RSS feed reader. This type of extension isn’t exclusive to Google Chrome, but you’ll have to search for an extension if you use a different browser. Essentially, as soon as there is a blog post on of the time sensitive blogs that I peruse, I get an alert right to my browser. Fast, timely, and easy.
Google Chrome extension: page monitor
- This little nifty extension lets you monitor a page, or parts of a page, for changes. Based on an interval, set by you, this extension checks a page for updates. This is extremely useful for companies that don’t use social media, or keep a blog.
- Although this particular app is not exclusive to Google Chrome, you’ll have to search for an app for your browser if you are not using Chrome.