I’m always on the lookout for deals. In good times and bad, saving money always makes me smile. 20% off full price at a department store doesn’t do it for me. When it comes to clothing, if it’s not consignment, it’s not a deal. Period. But non-clothing? Here’s some ideas I bet you haven’t thought of:
Mobile coupons. You can use your smart phone to get coupons while you’re shopping. You just have to download a free coupon app… http://www.CouponSherpa.com comes to mind… and then you can search for discounts in the store. Some stores offer discounts of up to 40% for mobile coupons. Now you’re talking
Catalina coupons. I see these every week at the supermarket. They’re the coupons that get spit out for you as you’re paying for your groceries. Sometimes, the coupons are for items you actually use. I’ve seen coupons that have savings in the range of 50 cents to $2. These add up
Receipt coupons. Take a look at your receipt. There may very well be a coupon on it underneath the list of items you just purchased. It’s also a good idea to make sure you weren’t overcharged for anything which, sadly, does happen
Magazines. Under those flashy magazine covers may lurk coupons that can save you a bundle. So, after you’ve read the article about how Brad Pitt finally proposed to Angela, flip through the pages quickly and see if there’s anything of interest
Status discounts. Moving into the 60′s gets one thinking about the possibility of senior discounts. But you may belong to some other group to whom restaurants, hotels and retailers tip their hat. Don’t be afraid to ask. It’ll help you more than the retailer
Preferred customer offers. I love these. These are the little cards that you swipe at the check-out counter when you buy stuff. I’ve got one to the local hardware store, two neighborhood drug stores, and two major supermarkets. Oh, also four sporting goods stores and an office supply store. I use them often and get notified of special sales and product discounts
So, don’t leave dough on the table (unless it’s in your living room). Good luck out there in the jungle. Until next time, here’s to good planning!