Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Bargain Shoppin' Kind of Gal

If you know me, you know I love a good bargain. I know where all the clearance sections are at Target & I always make a beeline for the sale room at Anthropologie. I'm also guilty of sometimes purchasing things on sale just because they're on sale. But after watching a few episodes of Hoarders, I've gotten much better about that, and only buy things that I need. Well, OK, maybe I don't need half of the things I buy, but I like to make my house and myself look as pretty as possible:) I also do research before I make any big purchase. Mainly because I've shopped the sale racks my entire life and have learned that, in most cases, I can find it cheaper somewhere else. Not everything though. Sometimes I see something that I know I can't pass up, and I go for it. But when it comes to electronics, books and furniture, I become a bargain hunting machine.

Here's a few tricks I've learned along the way:

1. When making online purchases, ALWAYS google promo codes for the site you're purchasing from before you check out. is a good source for this. This can also be used with #2 below.

2. Subscribe to here. You'll get a percentage of your purchase in cash back if you link to the site you're going to through the ebates site! I just had to reorder some perfume and makeup from Sephora the other day, and got 12% cash back and saved $10! Also purchased my pricey camera on there and got a $17 check in the mail! Most stores you shop at online are on there too. Like Target, CB2, Walmart, Best Buy, Dwell Studio, Bath & Body Works, and TONS more. It's awesome.

3. Subscribe to local coupon emails, like Groupon and Living Social. They email you deals in your neighborhood every day! I have a friend who uses these for personal maintenance, such as teeth whitening and waxing. As women, it helps us feel a little less guilty about spending a little something on ourselves! We deserve to be pampered at a bargain price, right?!?

4. If you go to Target all the time like me, get the Target app. (if you have an iPhone) You can get coupons straight to your phone, then the cashier can scan the bar code on your phone for the discount. Not usually a huge discount, but fun to use either way. Also, Michaels craft store now scans phone coupons. Very handy when you leave your printed one at home:)

Hope you enjoyed my few tips on how to save a few bucks! If you have any good tips, feel free to share!