Buying online is big business these days. You can do your shopping in high street stores or quirky independent boutiques from the comfort of your own living room any time of day or night and, if you're a parent, that has the advantage of avoiding dragging tired kiddies around the shops with the inevitable ensuing tantrums at the checkout. But there is one even bigger bonus to online shopping - there are hundreds of promotional codes out there that you can use to get great discounts on your shopping.
But where to begin ? It's easy enough to google "discount code" and the desired shop but you'll bring up page after page of expired codes and waste your whole afternoon for nothing. That's where Voucher Hub comes in. As their facebook profile explains : "VoucherHub.com is a people-powered website for finding and sharing money-saving discounts. Voucher Hub's active community of savvy spenders post, recommend and rank thousands of vouchers, making it fast and easy to find the best available discount." As it's a community website filled up by web-users rather than hosted by any particular retail group, it's good to know you'll be getting unbiased, objective advice and an honest appraisal each time.
Voucher Hub has a website, a Facebook page and also a Twitter feed, so you can keep track of the best deals as they are found. If you have a specific retailer in mind, you can search or browse the website to find the deal that best suits you. The site is easy to navigate and the search box seems to work really well. You can also use the categories browse box to help find your way to voucher codes by theme if you don't have a particular store in mind. There's a big tab at the top for those vouchers that will expire soon, the main page lists the top vouchers of the day and tucked away right at the bottom of the page in tiny print is a link to the lastest vouchers. There's a "share the love" box which allows you to share any voucher codes you may have yourself which is really simple to fill in. The "do you want to sign up to our newsletter ?" popup box is a bit irritating, especially as there's a clearly-visible box to do this on the website anyway. The design of the website is a bit boring - the colours seem a bit bland to me - but it is functional.
What first impressed me was that just scanning through the list on the homepage, there are lots of really well known high street and online stores, including ebay, Debenhams, Jojomamanbebe, Early Learning Centre, Next, Littlewoods ... It's not just full of tinpot little online businesses that nobody has ever heard of and that you wouldn't trust enough with your credit card details to take advantage of the offers.
Unfortunately, sometimes you'll click on a link and get the message "Sorry, no vouchers at the moment". That happened when I went to check out what they had for ebay. However, you can sign up to be informed as soon as a discount code for that retailer does become available. I also like the "verified vouchers" logo that marks out certain vouchers and avoids that annoying "code has expired or is invalid" message that you sometimes get when you finally reach the online checkout.
Clicking through to the Littlewoods vouchers, I was very impressed to see they have a £15 off a £25 spend voucher - that's an amazing discount. There are also lots of free delivery codes which are always handy, especially if you're buying cheap bits and pieces that always work out really expensive when you've added in the delivery charges.
Overall, it's a really handy and simple to use site that does offer some great discounts so it's worth checking out before you do any online shopping.
star rating : 4/5
for more information : http://www.voucherhub.com/