In Australia we don’t often see the massive coupons like the USA, there are many ways to get coupons and discounts. Over the years I have tried different methods to make my money go further and desperately wished we had amazing coupons like the ones I have seen for those living in the USA. When I looked into it more on each trip I have taken to the US, I discovered most of the coupons were for foods I wouldn’t eat.
That said, saving money on food, makeup, toiletries, cleaning supplies, clothing, travel or any area of the budget helps you live a lifestyle you love without breaking the bank. I share what’s worked for me below.
1.) Special deal sites
Australia has a number of sites dedicated to providing discounts and coupons you can print or use online. One of my favourites is Groupon which has travel, restaurants, experiences, beauty, local businesses and more offers. I’ve also come across Finder, Buckscoop, Scoopon, Spreets, I love Coupons, PayLesser, CupONation, Coupns, Cudo and OzBargain which all have travel, restaurant, clothing and beauty type deals.
Other sites like Catch Of The Day, Grocery Run and MumGo have super discounts at times on groceries, beauty items, clothing and manchester. Do your research though as these sites are not always the cheapest option.
Lastly, Bubbler Deals is a site aimed at mums with special discounts of interest to mums.
Many stores have coupons on the back of or the bottom of receipts. Alternatively, check out ShopADocket to search the deals in your area. Pizza, dry cleaning, carpet cleaning and accommodation seem to be the most common options on my receipts.
Check your local paper for ads and in their classified section or if you live in VIC, NSW or QLD check out SmartSaver for great local deals and coupons. I used to use it a lot when I lived in NSW. My beautician often offered a huge discount in there and it wasn’t restricted to new clients only.
Bloggers and social media influencers often have great discounts, coupon codes and special offers when they do reviews. We don’t have a list of specific ones to follow, however, we will start sharing more discounts, sales, specials etc that we come across on our Facebook page, along with some great giveaways in the coming months.
5.) Points or VIP clubs
The frequent flyer and supermarket reward programs are generally first to spring to mind. There are hundreds of ways to accrue points with your favourite stores or companies, redeem freebies and access loyalty discounts. Check out our list of Australian loyalty programs with birthday freebies, vouchers for joining and other rewards.
6.) Entertainment book
The Entertainment Book is a fundraising book used mainly by schools, sports teams and charities to raise funds while also providing value to those who purchase it. The book is $65 and you can choose to have either a physical book or use it as an app on your phone. It includes discounts to restaurants, cafes, local attractions and activities.
7.) Online surveys
Survey sites offer discounts and bonuses at times such as Pure Profile, SwagBucks and WDYT are three I have both earnt money from and had special offers. For the best Australian survey sites which I have personally used check out this post.
8.) Staff discounts
If you or a family member/friend work at a store see if they have a staff discount. These can vary from a 5% discount through to 50% off and staff only sales. Check the terms and conditions of the staff discount though as not all stores allow staff to share the discount with family and friends.
9.) Referral codes
Some referral programs offer both the new user and referer a discount, payment or special offer. For example, with AirBnB if you use my link you get $40 travel credit. Similar with Uber if you use the code kyliet59ue you get $10 or $20 off your first ride, depending on the deal they have going at the time or with Foodora if you use my link you get $10 off your first order too. Loads of referral or affiliate links come with perks for both parties. Referrals and affiliates is one of the ways we are able to pay for the expenses associated with this site.
10.) Google search
Before buying anything do a quick search of whatever brand or item it is you are buying and “discount” or “coupon” or “voucher” or similar wording to find out if there are any current discount codes for what you want to buy.
How do you get discounts and coupons in Australia?
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