Everyone who knows me knows that I am cheapo-DIY girl. I like a deal as much as anyone out there.
However, as I am going through the dining room makeover, I realize that I can’t DIY everything.
I mean there are limits.
To my surprise, I added up the savings of all of the things I was already doing and have saved a hefty chunk of change so far. Here are the 3 unique steps that can help you save money on purchases you are already making.
(And some sneak peeks into my Dining Room Makeover progress!)
Wait for It, Jump on It
Honestly, the hardest part about deal shopping is waiting for the perfect deal. Try not to get emotionally invested in a purchase because something will come eventually. Shopping online can be a great way to keep your distance emotionally.
Another way to tap into the savings of patience is consolidated or less frequent shopping trips. For all the crafters out there, how many times have you walked into a craft store for only one item, but purchased five or more?
I’ve been there, too. Must buy all the cute things!
This scenario has taught me to wait until I have consolidated a list to purchase before I even step foot in a craft store.
For the chair above, I knew that a sale would be unlikely even though the retail price was $316 (ouch!). However, I waited until there was a free shipping deal with the store which saved about $15 or more. In addition, I used one of those 20% off coupons that Bed, Bath, and Beyond is always sending out. And I used Tip #2 for an even greater savings of 32% overall + free shipping! Without these savings, no way would these chairs have been in my budget.
Discounted Gift Cards
You know all those gift cards you get at Christmas time and never have a chance to use? You can actually sell and buy them at a discount!
For example, if you go into your favorite store with a $100 gift card, it works just like cash. But what if the gift card only cost you $90? Using discounted gift cards could help you save hundreds of dollars each year.
I use Raise.com as a way to buy and redeem discounted giftcards, but there are other sites. Most eCards delivered within minutes!
I do find that brick and mortar only stores are a bit more discounted. But for online, I can add something to my cart, order a gift card, and then come back to checkout the order at my leisure.
“Never go to the grocery store hungry.”
It wouldn’t matter what your original intentions were for the grocery store, you are going to purchase additional items. However, this advice extends beyond the grocery store and really speaks to impulse buying.
Fortune (and Real Deals) favor the prepared mind. In other words, being organized and knowing what to look for ahead of time means you will not only save money but you will feel more fulfilled with less. Although I am a fan of lists, there are other ways to be organized about your shopping and spending habits such as:
- Market Research – This is especially good to do before hand with large ticket items. You should research reviews, pros and cons, other store prices, and deals.
- Keep measurements handy for home shopping. I seriously keep a tape measure in my glove box so I will know if, for example, that chair will actually fit.
- Use a shopping list app or a note system – How many times has your significant other peeked out from the fridge and said “We need Peanut Butter.” and then walked away like it’s your problem now? Of course, at your next grocery trip, what is the one thing you forget? Peanut butter. To combat this, at our house, we both have a shared app on our phones. If he sees that we need peanut butter, it’s his responsibility to put it on the list and no saying “But I told you…”. And peace reigns.
Every person has a different budget and different needs. Knowing your own behavior will help you save money shopping and avoid the pitfalls. Splurges will happen and that is totally fine as long as you prepare and you are taking care of your own welfare. After all, money can’t always buy happiness, but saving money always feels good.
And now to remove everything from the dining room to repair the window sills…until next time, friends!
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