With the global recession seemingly never ending, it’s no surprise that consumers have had to shop-smart as their purse strings have been tightened.
With millions feeling the pinch, searching for deals and sales has become an essential way to negotiate the highstreet and online shopping, with the use of vouchers rising hugely over the last decade.
So if you’re looking out for a deal here are some of the best voucher websites around.
What are Vouchers?
Available from company websites but more often found on specialised sites, online vouchers offer some of the best deals for your favourite shops, restaurants and local attractions. Most voucher websites are free to use and many do not charge a joining or membership fee.
Be aware that many vouchers may however have restrictions on them, such as one per household or such as Sainsbury’s online shop offer; which you can only use on your first shop. As with all vouchers and coupons it is important to read the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of any exclusions and don’t find yourself buying something that is not covered.
How to search
On many websites it is possible to search in a number of ways:
If you know where you want to shop, simply type in the shop, restaurant or activity name into the search box usually located on the homepage of the voucher website and then view the best available deals.
If you are unsure where you want to shop, most websites have a browse function where you can have a look at all the available deals. Make this easier for yourself by refining your search by using the categories listed.
Many websites also feature a top vouchers section directing you quickly to some of the most useful, cost effective vouchers at a glance.
Where to find them
Hot UK Deals
Websites like HUKD are user-operated and controlled, so if anyone finds a great deal or voucher offer, be it from an online store or a regional branch, you’ll be able to find it too. Easy to use and jam packed with great deals; you’ll wonder why you haven’t started sooner.
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The website’s simple and clear layout makes searching for offers an easy and enjoyable experience. Offering everything from days out to clothing, Voucher Cloud links directly to the manufacturer’s websites that contain the offers.There is also an app available for smart phones that you can use to search on the move, a Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest offers and you can subscribe to have deals sent straight to your inbox.
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If you’re planning on a city break and travelling by train, you should be sure to check out the guide for days out which includes 2 for 1 vouchers for many attractions including The London Eye, Madam Tussauds and more. The website is catered more to trips to London but there are other areas available and all you have to do is pick your attraction and print out the voucher.
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One of the most famous voucher websites around, Groupon is a deal-of-the-day service which makes it a bit different than other similar choices. You sign up and every 24 hours the website will update with vouchers for shops or restaurants in your area, however they will be removed the next day as new offers are uploaded. The service is free and there’s no obligation to accept, you do have to check it out daily but it’s worth it as there are some great deals available.
Silvercard+ is our new UK discount card for over 50s, providing hundreds of discounts and deals on everything from insurance to theatre tickets, restaurants, holidays, flights and clothes. You get immediate access to savings and discounts both online and in store – from the website you can browse discounts by category or simply check out the latest deals.
Do you use any voucher websites?