I finally took my own advice recently and created a separate email account for the many offers I receive from retailers. So far, I’m not in the habit of checking it regularly, which likely means my spending on unnecessary items will decrease — at least for now.
Signing up for emails is an easy, yet often overlooked, method to score savings on everything from books to home goods. The truth is, there are several opportunities for saving that most of us are just too busy or distracted to notice. Consider these:
- Receipts: Before you trash your supermarket receipt, look for special offers at the bottom or local coupons on the backside.
- Mobile coupons: If you always forget carefully clipped coupons on your kitchen counter, download the Coupon Sherpa mobile app to access mobile coupons while you shop.
- Peelies: Peelies are coupons affixed to products that offer instant savings. Just be sure to present them to the cashier as they often go unnoticed.
- Customer Surveys: If you shop frequently with a retailer that exchanges discounts for feedback, take the customer surveys listed at the bottom of your receipt. I took two such surveys this weekend and have $20 of discounts in my future.
- Sports Tickets: Just like receipts, some sports-ticket stubs offer local deals and coupons. A friend of mine scored $10 off his purchase at Sports Authority by saving his Colorado Rockies ticket.
The moral of the story is this: Discounts are everywhere, if you know where to look, and it’s important you take the time to do so. Which reminds me – I should probably check that email account.