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Using Coupon Codes and Other Online Shopping Tips From Barry Boone

Posted Dec 20 2008 5:48pm


Wondering who Barry Boone is? He runs a site called, which hosts a huge collection of coupon codes for online shopping discounts. Barry was nice enough to grant us at PJ Mommy an interview to learn more about, and he also shared with us some important tips for shopping online.

Can you tell us more about and how it works? is basically a huge database of verified online coupons. We have nearly 2000 stores, and a full time staff who is dedicated to finding new coupons They are also constantly going through the list looking for coupons that no longer work. We try and make it very simple to find online coupons for any online store that you’d want to make a purchase at, and also categorize the stores to try and make it simple to get a list of stores that sell, for example, shoes. That would let you see at a glance which stores have the best coupons and
hopefully help you find the best deal.

How did you come up with the idea for the site? How long has it been up and running?
The original site we did was in 2000, which is a daily listing of sales across the Internet. In 2001, based on feedback and our own research, we launched as a simple straightforward way to get people connected with the coupons they’re looking for in the quickest way possible. I was inspired by Google on the design, and so you won’t see a bunch of graphics, and we don’t ask for any personal information from our users.

The availability of codes on the site is impressive - how are you able to find so many? Do online stores provide you with codes for use on the site?
Our strength has to be our users, who are very good about forwarding us coupons they are finding. Since we’ve gotten to be a larger site, a lot of stores make a point to send us the coupons directly, along with expire dates, which helps us keep our list accurate. Unlike a few other sites out there that post coupons that people submit instantly, we check and verify every coupon submitted, even when the stores send them to us, to make sure they work correctly as of the time we post them.

Do you use coupon codes when you shop online?
Yes, definitely. The inspiration for the site was my wife’s pregnancy with my youngest son, we were young, and I was looking around a lot for coupons and sales for anything from diapers to clothes to computer toys (for me), and I was sharing them online with friends and family. Of course the Internet being the Internet, I had people finding my posts and emailing me with their own finds, which was the inspiration to start these sites.

Coupons are a great way to save money during the holidays and any time of year, and with the economy, saving money as much as possible is important for most families. Do you have any other tips for saving money
this holiday season and for making the most of your money during the recession?

GENERAL TIPS FROM BARRY (for shopping online)

  1. Always check for a coupon or promotional code before checking out. Visiting and getting a coupon only takes a few seconds and could save you anything from free shipping to 50% off or more.
  2. If you know the exact product you want to purchase, it pays to visit several online retailers to get the best price. can help you find that best price by giving you a list of online stores in the category you’re shopping for, and showing you the coupons that those stores are offering.
  3. In general, it is far safer to use a credit card than a debit card for shopping online. Most debit cards do not offer the same level of safety that a credit card does, and when an unexpected or erroneous charge shows up on your debit card, the money is taken from your bank account and you can end up with bounced checks or other issues before you realize the problem has occurred.
  4. Always be sure that the final checkout screen shows the correct items, quantities, and pricing before you submit your order.
  5. Read the site’s privacy policy on information sharing, and be sure you don’t unintentionally opt in to having your information shared with third parties.
  6. Some merchants are required to collect sales taxes in your state while others might not. It can pay to check several online retailers if the merchant you’re about to purchase from wants to charge sales tax.
  7. If you’re an eBay shopper, be sure to check for an eBay coupon, especially if you pay by PayPal. eBay sometimes issues coupons that are valid for purchases made on their site with PayPal.
    This is especially true near the holidays.
  8. Pay close attention to shipping charges. Some retailers make up their low prices by padding the shipping, so you want to be sure you’re getting the lowest possible overall price.

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