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5 Shopping Tricks to Save Money Easily

5 Shopping Tricks to Save Money Easily

Buying on full price is a bad idea, particularly when you are just a click away from promo codes and coupons. Last year, I found secret online shopping tactics to get deep discounts on products like books, clothing, groceries and electronics.

In fact, getting incredible deals and discounts on online shopping and in-store purchases is simple. The top secret is – you need to go to the google and find out promotional codes and coupons online. Here, in this article, I’ll teach you some secret shopping tips and tricks to enjoy the benefit of saving money.

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1. Get Online Coupons & Promo Codes From Google

No doubt, the best way is to launch an online coupon search on Google. You’ll undoubtedly stumble across some of the most amazing promo codes on various items starting from groceries to apparels. You just need a couple of minutes to find them on the search engine.

Here’s a step-wise guide:

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  1. Open a web browser and go to the www.google.com
  2. Put the brand name and the promo code in the search bar and press enter.
  3. Now you can figure out from the result that either the coupon or promo code is still valid.
  4. If yes, then start downloading your coupons and use them for online shopping or even for in-store shopping.

2. Sign Up For Email Alerts

Just go to the product site from where you want to shop and get yourself signed up for web flyers, exclusive web offers and email alerts. Now that you have entered into the customer emailing list of that site, they’ll send you weekly/monthly deals, discounts and coupons for online shopping or in-store shopping. Just remember this, these offers are not available in physical stores.

It’s good to set up an alternate email address before signing up for a bunch of email alerts so you can quickly deal with the blitz of promotional offers. I know nobody wants their primary email to get bombarded with special offers daily.

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3. Look For Coupon Websites

Try to search out a shopping savvy websites’ or forums to get coupons and promo codes. These forums sometimes post deals and discounts that allow you to save anywhere from 10 percent to 70 percent off on actual prices. There a lot of websites that offer FREE international shipping of coupons. You just need to visit that website and order it. It will get delivered at your doorstep.

There are a lot of retailers including your favorite brands like Dell, Marks & Spencer, Currys, Evans that offer free shipping coupons and discounts for their customers almost every month. You can visit the site to avail the discounted offers. Just type ‘free shipping coupon’ on the search box to see the latest codes that can get you free delivery deals. You can also join the site’s mailing list to get the notifications when new deals are added.

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You can also visit different coupon sites to get the free delivery codes and discounts. These sites regularly update coupons and discounts related to clothes, grocery and appliances. If you want to know the latest offers, check their sites regularly. You can also find the latest promotional deals as some sites also have separate pages on promos.

4. Visit Store’s Website First

Several brands offer online coupons and promotional codes on their websites. So, it’s always good to visit the site before physically visiting the store. Brands like H&M offer printable coupons to entice potential customers to visit their stores.

5. Cut Down On Shipping Costs

Shipping charges are something that you can save if you shop in a smarter way. Some companies offer free delivery on a certain amount of purchase. You can improve the chances of saving shipping money by ordering more than one item. No doubt, small discounts will leave larger impacts, especially when you shop online.

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Last Updated on March 4, 2019

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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Using Credit Cards with Rewards

Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

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