Deals Most People Miss Out On
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) What if I told you that there were secret deals most people missed out on? And what if I told you that you could start getting these deals at no cost to you, starting right now? It's not too good to be true, and there's no catch: these are some of the easiest ways to save money going. Read on to find out why you're throwing money away nearly every time that you shop.
Deal Websites You Didn't Know Existed
ShopAtHome.com, a website that allows you to get deals most people don't even know about in exchange for, wait for it... your email address. You don't need a credit card and best of all, you get cash back.
"The cash back thing is really what sets us apart," says Lesley Kennedy, senior managing editor of ShopatHome.com. The average monthly cash back check is $40, but if you use it the right way you can get hundreds, especially around the holidays. One small business owner earned tens of thousands by furnishing his entire business through the site. Not bad, right?
"I don't pay retail anymore," she says, adding that she's sure she's missed out on some bargains along the way. However, the savings offered through sites like hers are too good to pass up.
Extreme Couponing for the Extremely Lazy
You might think that to save a lot of money you need to be some kind of extreme couponer, obsessed with finding the perfect deal in the Sunday circular. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Kasey Trenum has written an entire book on the subject called Couponing for the Rest of Us: The Not-So-Extreme Guide to Saving More (Revell, 2013).
"People think it takes hours to save," she says. "That's craziness. No one has time for that." She spends one hour a week clipping coupons and saves at least $1,000 every month. How does she get so much with so little?
Online printable coupons are one way. Another is finding the local extreme couponer blog and cribbing notes from them, a tactic also recommended by Kennedy.
Trenum also believes in changing the way that you shop. Rather than just getting what you need for a week, you need to start getting into the sales cycles. "There's about a 10 to 12-week sales cycle," she explains, where items go from their lowest price to their highest. You want to become attuned to this and buy at the bottom of the cycle.
Sami Cone of TimeToSave.com adds that you don't even need to buy the paper to get the coupons, countering a common objection to couponing. "I go to recycling and ask for their papers," Cone said.