Save Money Online with CouponMeUp.com

Benjamin Franklin once told us that a penny saved is a penny earned. If you are able to save an extra penny somewhere, that is just as valuable as earning a penny. We really need to control the way that we spend our money and one of the best ways to do that is through the use of coupons. Why would you ever want to pay full retail for something?

While you could certainly spend your Sunday afternoon clipping coupons, it’s a lot easier when other people do all the hard work for you. CouponMeUp.com is a website that aggregates coupons from hundreds of online retailers. Is it any better than the other shopping-style sites on the ‘net? Read the rest of this review to find out.

Coupons Keep It Simple

When you are hunting for a deal, you want to get straight to the goods. You don’t want to get bombarded with all sorts of flashing banners and other distractions. Thankfully, this coupon site features an incredibly simplified design.

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The categories and sub-categories are listed along the left side of the main page, directing you to coupons for everything from oil changes to office supplies. There are also quicklinks to “hot stores” like Dell, CompUSA, and Geeks.com.

If you are looking for something specific, CouponMeUp.com also features a basic keyword search bar near the top of the page.

Branding Issues

While I certainly appreciate the relatively simple and clean layout, CouponMeUp.com does suffer from some branding issues. The main character in the logo is far too similar to the one from GoDaddy. Partly because of this, CouponMeUp.com has the appearance of a landing page or parked domain rather than a legitimate shopping site. I don’t really mind the white text on the dark background, but that’s a bit of a dated look as well.

Coupons Are Left of Center

For most of the main pages on CouponMeUp, the site content is centered in your browser window. Upon navigating to a coupon page, however, the content gets pushed to the left to accommodate an ad banner on the right.

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For example, I’m interested in getting some of those cool new Street Fighter IV controllers from Mad Catz, so I went to the page shown above. If CouponMeUp is going to use ad banners in this way, their implementation has to be more consistent. It was quite jarring to have the content suddenly fly to the left side of my monitor.

Realistically, the main monetization for a coupon site like this should come from the affiliate links to the various online stores. The added banner may be detrimental, but a little experimentation on the part of the site owner would be needed of course.

A User-Driven Database of Savings

The best kind of website is the one that runs itself and CouponMeUp.com largely operates on this model. Visitors are encouraged to submit coupons to the site.

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I’m not sure how far they go in verifying the validity of submitted coupons, so you may end up with a lot of coupons that simply do not work. This issue is further exacerbated by the lack of user interaction and lack of an expiry date algorithm.

A lot of the coupons on the site are no longer valid, creating unneeded frustration on the part of the site visitor. The coupons should be designated as expired (or simply deleted) when they no longer work. Another way to aid this would be to allow visitor comments on each coupon page. This way, online shoppers can describe their experience with each specific coupon.

The Signal-to-Noise Ratio

For the most part, CouponMeUp.com has a solid framework in place that could provide a lot of value to value-minded online shoppers, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

The site needs a stronger identity and this starts with a logo that isn’t quite so GoDaddy-inspired. Second, more visitor interaction needs to be implemented in the form of comments or a forum. This way, invalid coupons can be more easily removed. Without some sort of system to address this, you get very little signal compared to all that noise.


42 thoughts on “Save Money Online with CouponMeUp.com”

  1. Darin Carter says:

    with today’s economy i’m guessing a lot more people are trying to use coupons.

    Great idea and Great Site.

    Darin

    1. Shea Media says:

      I agree–great idea for a site. But they really do need a better branding and layout if they want to bring in more traffic.

      1. Pheak Tol says:

        You’re right Shea.

        I use RetailMeNot.com for all coupons and promo codes. It actually saves me a lot of money when i purchase anything online.

        1. I use ReailMeNot.com as well. Great Service!!

          Don’t buy anything online before you searched for coupons or discounts. You can’t believe how much money can be saved.

          Cheers,
          Alex

          1. That is even applicable while hosting and buying domains πŸ™‚

          2. plin says:

            I am a frequent visitor of RetailMeNot as well. I like their feature in which you get to provide feedback regarding whether a coupon works or not. In that case, the next person can see the list of coupons and its success rate.

      2. SEO Tips says:

        Agreed. The branding and layout of this website is completely rubbish, they seriously need to do something about this if they want to keep growing.

        As for the way they work thats excellent however like John said I am not sure how they verfiy each coupon submitted.

        1. Michael Kwan typed the review, not John!

    2. Agreed – great idea, but needs some refinement to for it to become a big brand!

    3. There are a grip of these coupon/deals sites now. I wonder who will copy from who πŸ˜€

      -Mike

  2. Sire says:

    I’m not sure that we use coupons in Australia, at least none that are offered online, only the ones that they shove in your mailbox, or the ones printed on the back of your register receipts. I admit though, that when these are available, I have always taken the opportunity to make use of them.

    1. Pheak Tol says:

      I never used coupons before, the ones that come in the mail..I was too young and ignorant. Now i know the usage and meaning of coupons and other real life related situations that require me to actually think first before thoughts cross my mind.

      1. Sire says:

        At least it shows that you are learning something along the way Pheak Tol, as there are a hell of a lot of people that seem to stumble blindly by the streets of life not gathering any information at all.

  3. Pam says:

    I spend my Sunday cutting coupons & I have cut my grocery bill atleast in half. And I will never pay for shampoo, razors, soap or toothpaste again. Coupons rock! :p

    1. Pheak Tol says:

      With those coupons, are you using the store’s card? Most grocery stores have their own savings card to help customer save on the items. We use the card when we go grocery shopping and find ourselves saving at least 15-20% off the bill..depending on how much you buy of course.

      1. Pam says:

        Yeah I combine store sales with coupons & always end up saving more then I spend πŸ™‚

  4. GreenThumb says:

    I’m willing to give this site a try, even if I save a cent.

  5. rafasaez2000 says:

    Will it work un Europe too? I guess no.

  6. David King says:

    Very cool! great post! a penny saved is a penny earned!

    thanks for the post john!

  7. I’ve been using a number of coupon sites for quite some time and you do save money. I think there is a stigma that coupons = being poor. Just watch for those who claim discounts but in the end you really don’t benefit.

  8. joe gelb says:

    I was going to make the same observations but I am so untalented that I have opened a few non origional sites.

  9. Bill says:

    You should also check out TechDealDigger.com. They have coupons as well but really specialize in hot technology deals. I saved $400 on my Panasonic Plasma through TechDealDigger over Christmas.

  10. There are a lot of sites in this niche but its always good to see new ones pop up. Definitely have to do something about their logo though!

  11. I did a post in the past on the similar benefit of coupons. Its amazing how spending a few moments can save so much money over a year. As much some of have money, I would rather have even more in my pocket than in a store.

    There are so many sites that are better organized (hopefully this one will improve soon too) for USA and Canada and I tried to point the bigger ones on my blog post.

    Anyways, great post on a new site that hopefully we can see grow over time.

  12. I think more consumers would use coupons if they weren’t lazy lol. Many people just don’t bother with it, but now that there’s so many new coupon sites springing up everywhere, it reduces the amount of “work” they have to spend getting to them.

    That’s why so many companies use rebates, because they know that many people just won’t ever get around to filling them out in the first place.

  13. condos says:

    looks like a great site. Ive already used it πŸ™‚

  14. matt says:

    Needs to go mobile (like every other website). I would love if I could get coupons on my G1 while out and about… I had to get smogged the other day and really needed a smog coupon, couldn’t find one.

  15. The problem I have came across these coupon sites are they all have the same coupons and I can never find anything worth my time and or the brand that I am wanting. It’s very frustrating to continue to search to see the same coupons repeated on every site that does not really match what I am looking for.

    1. Have you checked Retail Me Not though? I always find good coupons that I actually use there.

  16. The site does need some improvement. And I didn’t realize people were still using PERL majorly.

  17. Great review John! Coupons have always been a great way to save some money.

    1. Michael Kwan did the review, not John.

  18. Dean Saliba says:

    My sisters will be interested in that coupon site.

    I spotted the similarity between them and GoDaddy with the logo guy. Made me think that it was run by Godaddy.

  19. The only coupons I used are from supermarkets and they’re great but I’ve never used coupons online. At least now I’ll remember this site if I want to buy online.

    Peter Lee

  20. Rich says:

    I’m all for using coupons, but not sure how to find the ones that I want…not $1 off a can of Pledge cleaning spray…etc.

    That’s an idea…how about a coupon Search Engine…?

  21. dealarmy says:

    If they offered an RSS feed, I would add them to dealarmy.com. We try to round up all the coupon sites to help people save a buck or 2.

  22. Mark says:

    I use dealighted.com.

  23. I have never heard of coupons online. That is an interesting way to save money. I will keep that iste on mind. Thanks John-

  24. Gagan says:

    nice share ! thanks πŸ™‚

  25. Doug says:

    Very nice site. Thanks for sharing it with us John! πŸ˜€

  26. Silvia says:

    That is great that there is one more way to save money,it is necessary to check it out and use it widely.

  27. Clover says:

    Thanks for the great post. Always in the market for ways to save. And if you’re looking more opportunities to save check out Clover’s Coupons Plus (http://www.cloverscouponsplus.com), it has tons of coupons, FREEBIES and other money saving ideas.

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