Tuesday Tips: Click and Save
I've learned a lot since starting this shopping blog back in October. Heck, I've learned a lot since my mother introduced me to the thrill of shopping as a young child. I can only hope to pass it down to my own kids one day. As it stands right now, I have to bribe my 4-year-old every time we need to hit our neighborhood Target. But give her time and she'll come around. She too will learn one of the greatest thrills of shopping -- saving money.
Here are a few easy tips on how to find out about sales, and where to get coupons online if you have little patience to sort through newspapers and junk mail:
Tip #1: Sign up for your favorite stores' e-mail alerts. I know it may seem like the last thing you'd want to do -- load up your inbox with e-mails advertising sales and promotions. But you never know when a heads-up about a sale or a printable coupon will come in handy. JCPenney's e-mail alert recently proved useful when it sent me a coupon for 20 percent off just as I was getting ready to buy my daughter some new bedding. The Kohls e-mail alert has also been useful in advertising its sales, including its current clearance of up to 80 percent off on various items, as well as its recent early bird and night owl sale. Many retailers will send you a coupon immediately after you sign up for e-mail alerts. Some retailers' e-mail alerts offer a preview of their new merchandise. I like Nordstrom and The Gap. They're not coupon-happy, but you'll get to see some of their spring fashions before you brave the cold to visit their stores.
Tip #2: Use coupon Web sites. It wasn't until recently that I discovered these sites, where you can get coupons for online and brick-and-mortar stores. Some of my favorites include CouponCabin.com, which had a printable 20 percent coupon off for Barnes & Noble and $30 off a $100 purchase at The Limited. I also really like Dealcatcher.com, which recently advertised a deal from ProFlowers.com, where you could get 20 sweetheart tulips with a bear and glass vase for $29.99 plus shipping. The site also had a printable 20 percent off coupon for Linens 'n Things.
Tip #3: If you know where you're going to shop, visit that store's Web site first. They may have some online coupons that you can print out and use in the store. The Linens 'n Things Web site spits out a 20 percent off coupon if you sign up for their e-mail alerts.
Tip #4: Check out Valpak.com. Valpak is a bulky blue envelope that lands in your mailbox a few times a month along with other junk mail. Inside is about 20 to 30 sheets of paper, advertising different businesses. Save time and scan the savings online. If you look closely you'll find coupons for everything from $2 off car washes to 20 percent off Botox treatments at a local cosmetic surgeon.
Tip #5: Sign up for "Deal of the Day" e-mails. Amazon.com sends a daily e-mail with deals on the most random of things. One recent e-mail advertised a Timex women's diamond accented watch marked down to $99 from $225. And then there was the Rubbermaid custom closet kit for $49.99, which was 50 percent off the original price of $99.99. Hey, you never know what you might find.
How do you find out about sales? Do you have a favorite coupon Web site? Post a comment below.
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