Depending on your budget and the time of the year, shopping can be quite stressful. You have to make sure that the money is enough for the basics (food, clothes, kitchen and bathroom supplies) but you also want to get something extra for those special people in your life.
The stress tends to increase during holidays (the holiday’s blues are a real thing) because of all the gift-giving and special foods you need to buy and prepare. So how do people everywhere do it?
Well, some people are geniuses at budgeting, some put money aside starting a few months prior to the holidays, and some go coupon hunting. In my opinion, the latter is the smartest solution because it doesn’t force you to save when you’re living on a tight budget as it is.
But there are still people out there who don’t quite see the power of coupon codes. This is why today I will show you seven simple ways to buy more without overcoming your daily spending limit.
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1. Understand the Purpose of Coupons
Whether we’re talking about coupons you clip from magazines or discount codes you get to apply in your shopping cart, their purpose is the same. To make you take the product or order the service. And it’s a highly effective method that manages to convince people to buy stuff they don’t really need or want.
The appeal of a good deal is a powerful tool in the quiver of a marketer, so make sure to not fall for it! Once you know about the mirage coupons create, you have the control. This way, you can choose only the discounts that really serve you.
2. Read the Fine Print
Each code comes with special conditions. First, there are the simple ones that when applied, will give you a discount for one product or for the entire shopping cart. Then there are the ones that promise more if you buy something else (to get to a certain amount) or a larger quantity.
The second type is quite tricky because they make you believe you’re saving money when in fact you’re buying stuff you don’t really need. So, stay sharp and read all the conditions before using a coupon code.
3. Do Your Homework
Nowadays, most big brands will enlist the services of bloggers and Instagram influencers to spread discount codes. However, not all codes offer the same discount or perks, so you should do a bit of research to find the best offer for your needs.
For instance, a Novosbed discount may come as a code on a third-party site or social media account or as a sales campaign available on the producer’s site. The same can happen for a wide range of other products so pay attention.
4. Use Specialized Apps
Keeping track of all sorts of coupons and discount codes can be time-consuming. So, instead of following hundreds of Instagram influencers and submitting to even more newsletters just to keep up to date, use an app.
Both Apple and Android app stores offer a wide array of free options that allow users to set filters and do their own searches. This way, you only get notified on the discount codes you really want.
5. Combine Coupons & Sales
A smart way to protect your budget is to apply a discount code on a product that’s already on sale. This way you can get up to 70% off!
However, this move requires a bit of patience and finesse, because you need to sit on that discount code and wait until the product you want goes on sale. But be aware of the expiration date of the code!
6. Join Loyalty Programs
This usually involves some type of card that is scanned with every purchase you make and offers a discount when you reach a certain threshold. So, if you’re already a loyal customer for a specific brand or store, check to see if they have a loyalty program.
7. Don’t Overdo It
As I already mentioned, coupons and discounts are created to attract customers even when they don’t really want to buy. This power is stronger where you’re on a tight budget and it’s extremely easy to overdo it.
So, before you buy a whole box of socks because they are 10% off, make sure they are absolutely necessary.