I love getting money-saving offers in my inbox. Just last week, for example, I got emails announcing buy one, get one offers and free gifts with purchase, all by being signed up for email newsletters. Since it’s possible to get too much good stuff (and many not-so-useful offers come in between the freebies), it’s wise to set up a separate email account just for the goodies. Here’s a quick way to manage all the messages and still get your frugal fill.
- Establish a free address. No need to use your internet service provider to handle all the emails; a Google, Yahoo, or Hotmail address will do. (And their spam protection is adequate for your needs, anyway.)
- Start signing up for offers. I like to go to sites like All You and Red Plum, which both share daily deals like free sample, buy one get one, and restaurant freebies every weekday. You can either remember to check back each day, or just get the daily reminder email. Other places to learn about hot opportunities are deal blogs. I like Deal Seeking Mom and Common Sense with Money, which both tell about the newest deals and update the site several times a day.
- Visit your favorite sites. Are you a fan of Chili’s restaurants? Sign up for their email newsletter! Shop often at Bath and Body Works? They share exclusive offers only with their email subscribers. If you shop somewhere often, anyway, the newsletters are a great way to stay on top of sales; you’ll also get the benefit of printable coupons and freebies on your birthday!
- Keep the inbox clean. The key to not getting overwhelmed with all the emails is to check it daily, scan the subject lines for the best stuff, and delete the rest. If at any time a company abuses your hospitality and sends too many message, feel free to remove yourself from their mailing list. (All legit companies allow for you to opt-out with just a click or two; it’s the law.)
One major downside to getting news about the latest and greatest deals is that it can be very tempting to shop. Unlike a deal website, where you have to visit to know what’s on sale, having email offers coming to you is a bit more tricky. With a separate email address, however, it may be more likely to stop shopping when the budget is tight. Just avoid checking this separate email address until you get your funds under control.
Do you sign up for email offers? Has it helped you to get better deals?
Linsey Knerl is a homeschooling mom of 5 and a freelance blogger and writer. You can read more about her at www.the1099mom.com