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A Sneaky Savings Trick Overlooked When Shopping Online

A Sneaky Savings Trick Overlooked When Shopping Online

Everyone wants to save money instantly. But people often overlook finding free voucher and delivery codes while shopping online. Everyone would prefer to have discounts and free gifts. Whether you are looking for discounts on shoes, appliances, groceries or printing services, you can get exciting deals with free voucher codes online.

Voucher Codes

Voucher codes are coupons that offer you an exceptional chance to save from 5% to 20% or more off the retail price when shopping online. The reduction depends on the retailer and the offer or special. Christmas is a time when most people expect discounts because people are shopping online regularly. Discounts are also common in January, when retailers want to sell their products that didn’t disappear from the shop before Christmas.

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If you are looking to buy an expensive item, such as new laptop, television or a holiday package, 5% off the end price does make a difference. These voucher codes can often only be redeemed online, and that’s one of the reasons why many retailers issue an unlimited number of codes to make the shopping process less expensive.

How Do I Look for Voucher Codes?

Finding voucher codes can be exciting and frustrating. It is exciting because the internet provides you with access to many search possibilities which provide voucher codes relating to companies and their websites. On the other hand, it can be annoying when some of the sites offer expired voucher codes that haven’t been valid for quite a while. Some websites don’t reveal the truth about expiration dates or limitations. That’s why it is important that you find a reliable and reputable online service that will offer the best valid voucher codes. It is how you will be able to save a significant amount of money while purchasing online.

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Please remember that all online voucher codes should be free of charge. Never pay a single penny for voucher codes to anyone who requests it, as such a method is often impersonation and fraud.

Some well-known coupon sites are Don’t Pay Full and Groupon.

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Free Delivery or Shipping Codes

Free delivery codes are a form of voucher codes offered by online companies to save customers their shipping costs. Such codes usually correspond only to regular/standard delivery, but, in some cases, retailers offer exceptions to this rule and provide their customers free next-day delivery, which might be a huge saving opportunity.

Offering voucher and delivery codes seems to be a common practice among top retailers. They don’t want to miss out on any opportunity to keep their customers happy. The top brand names such as Dell, Marks & Spencer, Currys, Evans and many more issue new voucher codes almost every month. Now you know what to get!

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One of the most widespread practices among shoppers is to get coupons for free shipping. Buyers all over the globe are scouring both printed adds and online retailers just to look for free shipping offers. In this way, the customer doesn’t have to pay for any shipping charges, which allows you to save a lot of money, especially for international delivery.

Exchanging Coupons

You can take the opportunity to exchange coupons on deal forums. You can ask your fellow members to swap their free shipping coupons for your discount coupons by becoming a member of deal forums. If you are not yet a member, you can go and join.

Bookmark the Sites

When searching for coupon sites, you will want to bookmark them when you find them. You can also join the retailers’ e-mail lists or smart phone texting programs to ensure you get the offers you want. You can write down the sites offering great coupon codes for free shipping in your journal or planner. Always make sure that when you need coupons and discounts, your bookmarks and notes can easily be retrieved.

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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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