Wednesday, 29 February 2012
The best voucher code sites
Since the beginning of the credit crunch, the UK has fallen in love with vouchers. No longer do we suffer any embarrassment at fishing that piece of printed paper from our bag when we sit down at the restaurant table, quite the opposite. Dining out without getting money off is seen as a failure.
Little wonder then that the internet is awash with voucher sites all claiming to offer exclusive discounts at thousands of popular shops and restaurants. Sorting the wheat from the chaff starts to become a pretty difficult job, which is why we're here to tell you which are the five best voucher code sites out there.
Probably the most comprehensive, reliable and well-organised of the lot. They list the Top 20 codes each day, colour code their offers so you can see what sort of shops they are for and offer real exclusive offers. It's easy to navigate, and thankfully free of irritating ads.
2. KGB Deals
When it launched, people went completely crazy for Groupon, but these days it's gone down in my estimations. They seem to have a lot of very similar offers - mostly for beauty treatments - and they often aren't nationwide which can get frustrating.
KGB Deals works just like Groupon, but I think the offers they have are much better. There's a good variety of offers from restaurant vouchers to bargain boutique hotel stays, and a whole section of pretty decent national deals too so no-one feels like they're missing out.
You do have to sign up to get your hands on the deals which means they email you - but just once a day which isn't as bad as other sites.
3. Hot UK Deals
Quite different to all the others out there, this is essentially a forum where users post deals they've found. It's pretty amazing how many different offers people find and users rate the deals so that the most popular shoot to the top of the list. There's an impressive array of different offers.
The downside? It's pretty hard work sifting through all the deals as you can't organise them by type - so it does require some patience.
An absolutely huge aggregator of voucher codes this site has probably the biggest list of all. The choice is almost unlimited and the deals are well-organised. It does unfortunately have rather too many ads for my liking, and be wary of their claims to 'exclusive offers' - you'll often find they are available to everyone.
Another well organised site with a good selection of offers. Watch out again for their 'exclusive' claims, but there are some good deals to be had. The other thing I like about this site is their very active community. If you're looking for something specific, post on their forum and you're guaranteed to get a response. Plus, people share when they find other good deals the site hasn't mentioned.