Today’s tip is a real quick one, but it is by far one of the best ideas I have come across in my savings journey:
E-mail yourself deals.
I told you it was simple! But wait, there is a catch…
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I know some of you just freaked out thinking about the sheer amount of spam about to hit your inbox.
The trick is to create a deals account for yourself. It could be something as simple as: <deals4(your name here)@youremailprovider>. Don’t worry about creativity points on this one, this is a purely functional email address.
I recommend you use the same email provider for your deals account as you use for your personal email. That way, once you have the deals account set up you can link the accounts and access both accounts easily.
After you have set up the account, give that email address out whenever you are signing up for newsletters online or in store. Use it as your contact on all the rewards programs for different stores. Use it to sign up for contests, if you like. This tip keeps your personal email inbox clear of the clutter of all your savings emails.
The beauty of having this separate account for deals is: you get to decide when you feel up to checking out deals. You can check it once a day or once a week and you aren’t bombarded with temptations to spend money just by opening your personal email.
Another great benefit of having a deals account is you only get the emails you want. I have had my dedicated deals email for about two and a half years and I have noticed I don’t get much spam. I get to control who emails me and I have noticed companies who truly want your business don’t sell your email addresses.
Who would have thought that it was so easy to control your email and save money?
Bonus Email Tip:
Another tip for email upkeep. Set up a time to go through your emails and clean out your inbox. I like the Outlook email system because it has an option to “Sweep.” Based on my parameters I can even schedule a sweep of my inbox.
When it is time to go through my emails, I set a timer and click to sweep to my heart’s content. The timer is usually 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes has changed my life a number of times. I don’t actually click-through on anything until after I am done sweeping. Then I can take a few minutes to look at the deals which piqued my interest during my cleaning session.