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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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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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