Friday, August 10, 2012

Little Ways to Save More

The title of this post is what I usually think when I see people who could do little things to save money, like for instance a signing up for a CVS Extra Care card. If you do not like carrying around a bunch of reward cards, CVS has you covered since you only need to provide your phone number to get savings. Not to mention I get all my drugstore brand beauty fix from them, they offer so many deals that it is hard not to take advantage. Below are just a few things I thought that can save everyone some money when they are making a clothing or beauty purchase. If you also haven't noticed a lot of discounts are now found on electronics whereas before I used to remember stores would send you coupons in the mail along with a small booklet showcasing their newest arrivals. Now we can save some trees in the process of saving!

Signing up for reward cards
Refer to my guide to beauty reward programs for more info (Beauty Reward Programs - How to Get More From Your Beauty Purchases)
A well known way to save is a reward card or a loyalty card at stores. A lot of stores now have a rewards program where you get perks if you shop their often enough. Even though a lot of stores have one that does not give you free reign to sign up for all of them, these things take up space in a wallet. So I would advise signing up for a few and mainly to stores you shop at often so you can rack up the rewards. For example Express has a new rewards program where you can get rewarded once you spend $200 (although it may seem a lot, if you shop there once every quarter and spend $50 you already have $200 right there).

Here are some of my favorite reward programs:
Ulta - spend as little as $50 per quarter and receive a freebie of your choice, refer to Ulta website for more info
Sephora - free birthday gift that changes yearly, receive deluxe samples when you spend $100 ($1 per 1 point)

As you can see I do not really have a lot of rewards card since I do not spend a lot at stores, I try to use discounts on everything I purchase.

Shop Early
Like the saying early bird catches the worm, the earlier during the day you shop the better selection. Same goes for earlier during the week, the weekend tends to be more busy at stores/malls therefore you will not only have to deal with long lines but also a picked over selection.

Price Adjustments
If you like sales, then this is a great option for those always on the hunt for a bargain. Price adjustments are good if you are the type of person who likes to carry around receipts of all the purchases that you make, because like most people I use to just dump out my receipts. A lot of store policies are if the item you bought has lowered in price usually within 14 days (or 10) you can bring the receipt in and they will refund you the difference. I noticed however that some stores require you to also bring in the item and receipt to get a price adjustment to make it harder on people to do so. If you frequent the mall on a weekly basis, this is a great way to technically get your moneys worth on your trip to the mall.

I currently receive some magazines and sometimes they have coupons in them, or alert me to freebies at certain stores. For example Seventeen magazine offers their readers free items from time to time, currently they are offering a mini size Orly nail polish at Ulta. If you do not want to spend money on a magazine, try subscribing if you read it often enough. If not always be on the lookout for free magazine subscriptions (I currently do not pay for any of my magazine subscriptions). Check out blog Hunt 4 Freebies for free magazine subscriptions from time to time.

If you have a Facebook account, liking your favorite retailer or brand has its perks. For example Bath & Body works releases coupons for a trial size of their newest scents. Free lotion anyone? I have accumulated over a dozen of these freebies over the past year or so, so it definitely pays to 'Like' something.

Here are some pages I recommend for liking:
Victoria's Secret - occasionally releases coupons for a free pair of panties with or without purchase, around the holidays they have previously done a secret rewards promo where you could win gift cards with amounts $10, $25, $50, $100 or $500 (no purchase necessary)
Cvs / Minute Clinic / Cvs Beauty Club - all are apart of the Cvs brand, and they have freebies for their fans. Right now you can get a free 2 oz. Cvs brand sunscreen when you like Minute Clinic

Also be sure to check out my articles:
Beauty Reward Programs - How to Get More From Your Beauty Purchases
From in-store to online, check out the places where you can get samples, cash back and more!
Cashback 101
Save more money online by using cashback sites
Birthdays and goodies oh my!
Birthday discounts and scores for you
How My Ipod Touch Paid for Itself - 4 Apps to Download
How 4 Apps helped me save, score gift cards and rewards!

Hope any of these tips help you save more. Any suggestions on what I should write about? Leave a comment to let me know!

1 comment:

  1. How about a list of the rewards programs you mentioned (at least the one's you know of) that would be really great.Also any retailers of FB which are particularly good with coupons and stuff. Love your blog btw and thanks for all the helpful posts :)