A few months ago, I shared a post about what I think makes a great discount but you may also be wondering how I manage to find those deals. I don’t spend my whole day browsing online shops and walking around the mall (although it would be fun and great exercise) so I want to share what I do to stay in the know about sales.
Opt-in to email alerts
If you already love shopping at Store XYZ then you’ll want to know when they add new merchandise and when items get marked down. Sometimes there are online-only discounts and, other than stalking the website, emails are the best way to get the scoop. The images above are from three emails I got this morning (LOFT, The Limited, Zazzle). I wasn’t planning on visiting LOFT’s website today but $15 sweaters might change my mind!
Join daily curated sites
In the past year, companies like One Kings Lane (above) and Fab have become really popular because they offer deeply discounted items and feature new merchandise daily. Here’s how they work – new collections pop up and are “live” for a few days, but only for members (it’s free, you just need to enter your email address). Since there’s new stuff each day, you never know what you’ll find. Maybe Tuesday’s items aren’t striking your fancy but Thursday’s hit the spot. Zulily, GroupDealz, Joss and Main, HauteLook, and the two I already mentioned are just some of the sites you can join.
Almost every brand has a Facebook page and a Twitter account so Like and follow your favorites! This is a no-brainer for me since I work in social media, but I had to add it to the list. In addition to alerting you about public sales, the brand’s social channels might offer fan-only promo codes or coupons (like C. Wonder) and I know you’d hate to miss out on a sale because you didn’t click “Like.”
Don’t toss those mailers
Part of me wants to throw away junk mail immediately so I can de-clutter my entry table, but I don’t. Just because I don’t need anything from Bed Bath & Beyond today doesn’t mean I won’t think of something before the coupon expires in a few weeks. My recommendation is to keep your clipped coupons and mailers in a folder, organized by expiration date. Once the date arrives, recycle!
Unless you have a magical wallet that dispenses all the cash you need, you need to do price comparisons. If you’re lusting after something, don’t buy it as soon as you see it. It’s easy to size up items online and search for similar styles but let’s take grocery shopping, for example. One day, go into a store you don’t usually shop in and check out prices of items you buy regularly. You might find that produce is cheaper or there’s a better selection of wine at another store!
Search for coupons & promo codes
I get extremely annoyed when I find an amazing deal and still have to pay for shipping. A lot of stores offer free shipping for orders over a certain amount but what if I’m not spending that much? There are hundreds of sites and aggregate promo codes, like FreeShipping.org. Just last week, R and I ordered our customized Christmas cards and I managed to save $8 just by Googling, “[store name] free shipping code.”
Stores offer deals and coupons for people to use them so why ignore the savings? Now that you know pretty much all of my secrets, get out there and put them to work…then come back and tell me what you bought!