Coupons 4U

Clip and save with this free coupon-creating software.

Web commerce has made it possible for the corner store to compete with giants for consumers' attention. Small businesses are increasingly able to offer enticements, such as rebates and coupons, previously limited to big sellers. Developer Cathy Edwards' Coupon Creator is a free tool that creates unlimited electronic coupon codes and discounted order pages for your Web site or blog.

Coupon Creator downloads as a compressed file but installs easily via a Windows installer. It's freeware so it opens with a page of ads for other Cesales products, but you can click through to the main application, which features a clean, elegant interface that's a cross between a dialog and a spreadsheet. Large buttons leave no doubt as to their function, thanks to descriptive labels like "Add Coupon," "Edit Coupon," and "Make Money." The program is easy to use: a click of a button generates the HTML form code, for instance. There's extensive online help and tutorials available, too, by clicking the question mark icon. There are numerous configurable options: you can set promotional codes to expire at certain times, track coupons, create single-use coupons, and even team with affiliates and partners on special offers.

Coupon Creator is free to download and use, but you can also register for free at the developer's Web site, which has a lot of pertinent information. There's even advice for growing your business. This free tool is an easy way to give your online business or organization an edge while giving your customers a deal.

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