One of the Internet’s biggest conveniences in regards to a hefty shopping habit, is the ability to check prices on demand. But the consequence of this convenience is the gnawing compulsion to find the best deal every time. And that, dear readers, can be a time-consuming, social-life-destroying addiction. I prefer to have my cake and eat it too: meaning I save without spending my days huddled in a dark room alone, confined to a life of price-comparing.
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1. Email Lists
Subscribing to a site’s email list will likely earn you an initial discount you can use on your first purchase. And, it signs you up to receive word on special promos. While some send future discounts straight to your inbox, at the very least, you’ll be alerted of sales, so you can be early to snag the pieces you’ve been waiting on.
- Tobi – 50% off your first order
- Loft – $25 off your first purchase of $100 or more
- White House Black Market – 10% off your first order
If you’re worried about the extra emails in your inbox, set up a new free email account and use it exclusively for your promo subscriptions.
2. Sale Alerts
Sites like Shop Style allow you to opt in for alerts on products and brands you love. This means you’re instantly notified when your must-haves finally drop in price, and can focus your search efforts on finding extra discounts instead of constantly checking if a product has gone on sale yet.
3. Rewards Programs
Ranging from department store credit card points to old-school punch cards, rewards programs can be one of the easiest ways to save every time you shop. Accumulate points with each purchase and use those from past trips paid with a store’s credit or loyalty card to fund your next one. My favorites: