Depending on what you are in the market for, there are always intriguing ways to save money while shopping. With technology at it’s prime, saving money while shopping has not only become more accessible, it is more convenient than ever before. In this article, I am going to highlight six engaging ways to save money while shopping. From the new “couponing craze” to cash back on purchases and everything in between, we’ve got you covered.
#1 Sales, Sales, Sales
Anytime I’m in the market to purchase something, the first thing I look for is the sales. Is this product on sale anywhere? In today’s world of innovation and technology, this has become easier than ever before because there’s an app for everything. Let’s say that you are in the market for a household appliance. The very first thing you should do is install the apps of your favorite household appliance stores. Often, you will find available in app sales that are not available in stores. With the touch of a button, you gain access to weekly sale listings, sometimes past and future. This offers the flexibility of knowing if that item was previously on sale or if it will go on sale sometime in the future. Knowing if and when products are on sale allows you to the opportunity to purchase the items you need at significantly lower prices.
This is not your Grandmas way of couponing. In a digital age of digital coupons, the term “couponing has taken on a new meaning. I remember growing up and having to sit with the Sunday newspaper sale inserts and cut with scissors and organize into moms’ handy plastic coupon organizer, all the weekly coupons. Well, the year is 2018, and there’s an app for that. While gathering the Sunday newspaper and some scissors is still a tried and true way to save money, adding digital couponing along to that will double the impact. Just install the apps of your favorite stores and with the click of a button, get to clipping. Some stores even allow the clerks to scan the coupon barcodes right from your device. No cutting necessary. Often digital coupons can pair with paper coupons for more money-saving impact. So while grandmas way is step 1, digital couponing is step 2.
#3 Buy in Bulk
There was once a time when purchasing products in bulk was an opportunity offered only to resellers, store owners, and businesses. Now thanks to warehouse clubs such as Sam’s Club and Costco’s that now offer individuals the opportunity to join the club for a low monthly membership fee, everyone has the chance to partake. There aretwo ways to save money buying in bulk. The first one is just because it’s cheaper. I recently read that you’ll spend as much as fifty cents less per roll of toilet paper if you purchase it in bulk. The second is resale, and of course, in 2018, there is an app for that. With the growing popularity of online resale companies, such as eBay, LetGo, and Tophatter, buying in bulk can offer the opportunity to not only save money but make money as well. So, let's not waste any more time, install those apps and start buying, and start selling.
#4 Member Rewards
Rewards, we all love rewards. There is something endearing about the feeling of being rewarded and the companies we use for daily purchases have taken notice. A reward program is a program offered by companies where incentives are provided for making purchases with that company. There was once a time when these rewards were offered only via the credit card companies, but now airlines, grocery stores, gas stations, and even rideshare companies, such as Uber, have taken notice and started their own rewards programs. Rewards are offered as member-only sales, points that are redeemable towards future purchases, and even cash-back. Simply sign up for the program by filling out a short application for your reward card, have the clerk swipe or scan your card every time a purchase is made with that company, and watch as the savings to start to roll in.
The ability to save money by doing surveys is something that I recently discovered. Did you know that on the back of every Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Restaurant receipt there is survey that you can complete to receive a free two piece and biscuit? I am a Louisiana native that’s been eating Popeyes for 36 years, and until three yrs. ago, I had no idea that this was happening. Now, every time I pull out of a drive-thru, I turn over my receipt. Burger King as an offer of a free whopper and even McDonald’s has one with an offer of buy one get one free. Nevertheless, it is still the year 2018, and with companies such as Survey Monkey and InboxDollar, there is also an app for that. These companies offer you the opportunity to save money and make money by surveying products that we use every day. Just download the app, and start surveying. But remember, always turn over that receipt.
#6 Consignment Shopping
Last but not least, my favorite, consignment shopping. You never know what goodies are lurking on the shelves of a good Goodwill store. Consignment shopping is another good way to save money on purchasing essential household items that we use every day. It is my go-to for purchase such as silverware, dinnerware, books, paintings or wall décor. Every now and again a beautiful piece of antique jewelry might peek out at me. Consignment shopping saves money because the items will cost significantly less than the retail price because they are previously owned. Now that consignment shopping is also available online via stores such as Swap.com it has become more accessible than ever before to take advantage of this money-saving opportunity. No longer is it necessary to drive from store to store to in search of the best consignment deals, with the click of a button, they are readily available.
When it comes to saving money while shopping, the possibilities are endless. Luckily, you don’t have to feel guilty about every dime you spend because there is always opportunity to save money and be rewarded for your purchases. That being said, Happy Spending!