With the holiday season quickly approaching, it is wise to control your expenses and save in every way possible, whether on your daily purchases, dining out or buying gifts. Here’s a few practical tips to help you save:
Coupons, Coupons, Coupons!
Coupon advertising is the best way to keep customers coming back, which is precisely why local business owners advertise heavily during the holiday shopping season. As a knowledgeable consumer, you’ll want to first check out a few resources prior to making any purchases.
Check Your Mailbox. . .Your Computer. . .Your Phone
You can discover great offers by checking the various direct-mail advertisements you receive. Many businesses send postcards offering discounts or feature special offers in Clipper Magazine. You can clip and organize your coupons, perhaps choosing to keep them in your vehicle so you’ll always have them with you. If you’ve already used the magazine coupons or have forgotten to clip them, check the couponclipper.com site to search for your favorite local coupons, where you can print them out instantly. Another way to save is to use the iPhone app from couponclipper.
Daily Deal Websites
Another great way to save is to search for deals offered by the specific business you’re interested in. Several daily deal sites now offer great discount savings nationwide. If you are traveling, you can always select the city you are in and buy deals related to that area. Recently Clippermagazine.com launched a great website to allow members to receive daily deals, saving up to an incredible 80%! If you have not yet joined, it behooves you to check out the clippermagdeals.com and doubletakedeals.com sites. We are now featuring deals for Lancaster and Harrisburg, PA; Jacksonville, FL; and Albany, NY; with plans to launch other Clipper Magazine markets within the next few months.
How About Technology?
Some people, especially the younger generations, are very savvy with e-mail and texting. To reach this highly desirable market, many businesses are now using social media, text messages and e-mail to share promotions and targeted specials. If you use e-mail, can receive text messages or participate on Facebook, for example, you should consider joining the mailing lists of your favorite stores. Nearly every retailer has some type of loyal customer club e-mail program; joining enables you to receive free offers and great savings on a regular basis without any effort on your part.
It’s OK to Ask for Savings!
Even if you aren’t tech-savvy, you can always ask the manager of a store if they are running any current specials; it’s a simple way to take advantage of any discounts, especially since there are usually deadlines/expiration dates for selling certain items. How easy is that—just ask and you may receive!
The Point: The holiday season does not need to be stressful and costly. Try to manage your budget wisely, aided by using all the savings opportunities you can get! Happy Holidays!