I don't do New Years Resolutions but, I make try and make changes ;-) One of those changes this year was learning to be a smarter shopper. I think I have started on the right foot and hope to continue to see savings.
I have told you all a few times that I am a huge online shopper, I'm just waiting for my local grocery store to start up a delivery service and I will be all over it. With me being originally from New York I never learned to drive. It was a combination of genetics ( my family were all late drivers) and the convenience of public transportation in NY. This is the reason I do most my shopping online - I didn't want you thinking I was that lazy, or addicted to the computer
OK, so maybe I am a touch of both those things as well, but you get my point.
I've spent the last week compiling bookmarks of my favorite coupon sites. Sites for printable in- store coupons as well as online coupon codes. Right now I am taking it slow with in-store couponing. I'm still at the point where it makes my head spin, but I have done quite well with online savings.
My son needed a few pairs a pants for school, he is growing at an alarming rate! So first I searched what I was looking for and found an deal to start of with at Kohl's and JC Penney's. Next, I went on a hunt for JC Penney coupons and Kohl's. I try to find a the best percentage off along with a stackable for free shipping. Sometimes, I get lucky and hit a free shipping with no catches, but most of the time it's a "spend such and amount and get free shipping." Then I have to weigh out my options.
If it's a spend $50 get free shipping and my intention was to spend $5, then I will hope my percentage off will make up the a small bit a the difference and suck up the extra few bucks...Most of the time I'm not going to shop online for only $5 in merchandise, so if my order total is $45 I'll search for something else I can use to get me to the free shipping limit. It just makes more sense to spend on something I could use, then for shipping.
I've been doing pretty well but have become so addicted to finding the best deals and codes, I think I'm shopping more often! So I'm not sure how my savings is doing overall but at least I am putting that best foot forward for the new year (wink, wink).
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