While we might not have exactly the same coupon options as the ones we see on extreme coupon shows or hear about in the USA, Australia does have ways to get coupons and discounts! A few of the links below are affiliate links which help us keep the site running, but cost you no extra. You can check out our full disclosure here.
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1.) Special deal sites
Firstly, download and install the following on your phone and as an extension on Chrome on your desktop. They will show you how to get cash back or when you can get a discount. Click to activate the discount through them and it will be processed for you.
Australia also 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.
Other sites like Catch, Grocery Run and MumGo have super discounts at times on groceries, beauty items, clothing and bedding. Do your research though as these sites are not always the cheapest option.
Lastly, Bubbler is a site aimed at mums with special discounts of interest to mums.
2.) Sign up bonuses
We have a list of sign up bonuses and freebies from companies here as well as a list of Australian birthday freebies here. These bonuses can range from a $10 gift card to a free meal or even $100 off.
When making any purchase, check to see if they have a rewards program, loyalty club or newsletter with bonuses.
3.) Discount tips
We shared how to get a discount on everything in this post including tips such as not checking out. Place whatever you want to buy in the cart of the store you are shopping with online. Check out only as far as putting in and saving your email, then leave before finalising the purchase. Many stores will automatically email you a discount within 24 to 48 hours to get you to complete the sale.
Many stores have coupons on the back or 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 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 share discounts codes, free offers, sales, specials etc that we come across on our Facebook page, along with some great giveaways in the coming months. We also have a private Facebook Group with more.
7.) 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.
8.) 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.
9.) Online surveys
Survey sites offer discounts and bonuses at times such as Pure Profile, SwagBucks and WDYT. These are three we have both earned money from and had special offers. For the best Australian survey sites which we have personally used check out this post.
10.) 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.
11.) Referral codes
Some referral programs offer both the new user and referrer a discount, payment or special offer. For example, with AirBnB if you use my link you get $55 travel credit. Similar with Uber if you use the code kyliet591ue you get $10 or $20 off your first ride. Car Next Door has $15 off.
ING often has bonus sign up money from $50 to $100. The code CNW116 works for each promotion they have.
Loads of referral or affiliate links come with perks for both parties. Referrals and affiliates are one of the ways we are able to pay for the expenses associated with this site.
12.) 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?