Online shopping is one of my favorite pastimes— even when I’m not actually buying anything, I love seeing all the latest releases and adding things to wish lists and imaginary carts. I really only ever check out when I know I’m getting a good deal, like when I have a coupon code or there’s a great sale going on. I just have a phobia of paying full price for stuff when I know there are so many good ways to save out there.
For the past several months, I’ve been finding most of my deals through Dealspotr, which is a social couponing site where users can submit coupons, deals and discounts from all over the web that work in-store and online. From Sephora, to Old Navy, to Forever 21, to Ulta Beauty, you can submit and discover deals for just about any store you can think of… at least all of the ones I personally shop at! You can find me typically posting about great beauty deals on there, especially flash sales that are too short to post here on the blog. There’s already a large community of members that are also contributing to the feed across many other interests, as well.
There are several characteristics that make Dealspotr my favorite coupon and deal site— since there are a lot of them out there! The first reason being the personalized and real-time “My Feed” feature.
When you first sign up for Dealspotr, you are able to select the types of deals you’re interested in seeing. You start out by choosing out of Electronics & Tech, Fashion, Restaurants & Eating Out, Fitness & Sports, Home, Grocery & Drugstore, Gifts & Gift Ideas, Beauty & Wellness, Travel, Babies & Kids, and services. Once you select a couple, it will offer even more subcategories depending on your first few choices to really drill down what you’re in to.
For my own feed, I chose Fashion and Beauty & Wellness, and the choices expanded from there to give me the options between men or women’s fashion, and makeup or skincare. Of course, you can just click them all and see a hodgepodge of deals, but I think tailoring it to what you shop for online most will make the site even more useful, since you won’t have to scroll for ages to find a deal you’ll actually use. You can always browse categories outside of your personalized feed, as well.
After you choose the categories you are interested in, the site then asks you to choose brands/stores you like based on those categories. My choices were predominately women’s fashion and beauty like H&M, CoverGirl, Kate Spade and Sephora. This way, the My Feed feature will prioritize deals from these brands over others in the categories you chose because they’re the ones you’re probably going to use. It’s also working in real time to show you the newest deals first, so they’re less likely to be expired or sold out.
The social aspect of Dealspotr is really fun, since the site is pretty much run by its users! The community curates and posts deals they find around the web, which then show up in your feed if they fit your personalization settings. You can “spot” deals, which is basically up-voting the best deals. Deals that are spotted by many users start trending and become “hot.” If a deal you spotted eventually becomes hot, you get 200 karma points. You also earn karma points if you were the original poster of the deal that goes hot!
But what are karma points? Dealspotr actually incentivizes you to contribute to and participate in their community. For every way you can use the site, you gain karma points which you can trade in for Amazon gift cards. They are basically paying you to use the site, which I would do anyway. So not only are you saving money by using the deals you find on Dealspotr, but you’re earning money in the form of these karma points. It’s a win-win-win, and you don’t even have to buy anything!
As I said, you can earn points by posting and spotting deals, as well as having one of your deals go hot, commenting on other people’s deals, referring new members to the community, when other members actually use the deal you posted, flagging invalid deals and much more. However, don’t get too crazy because you can also lose points by doing anything harmful to the community (spam, harassment, posting invalid deals). You can keep track of all the karma points you’ve earned in your dashboard, and see how many you still need to earn your next reward.
For every 10,000 points you earn, you can redeem a $10 gift card to Amazon. You can either redeem the gift card as soon as you hit your ten thousand, or save up your points and redeem for a higher amount later on. Once you submit you points for the gift card, it usually only takes a few days for your account to be reviewed and the gift card to show up in your email!
Ten thousand karma points may seem like a lot, but it’s really easy when you’re an avid online shopper and constantly looking for the best deals anyway. You can also increase your earning power per action when you earn a good reputation (they call it Deal Rep) by continually posting high-quality deals. I’m currently earning 29% more points per action because of my reputation. There’s also a checklist on the home page that changes daily when you sign in which gives you a few tasks to complete to earn some extra points, like adding a specific type of deal or new ways to engage with other members. Completing the daily checklist will give you a 200 point bonus. Plus, when you refer your friends to join Dealspotr, you earn 10% of the points they earn in their account forever. It’s effortless, really.
Since you’re part of the Slashed Squad, you can get a bonus 5,000 points when you sign up for Dealspotr—that’s half way to your first gift card! Just click here to sign up or use the promo code SLASHEDBEAUTY. I swear it will make saving money even more rewarding.
How do you find the best deals online?