Each Friday I write about something I did, bought, made or didn’t do that helps us continue our frugal life. My goal? To show that being frugal doesn’t have to mean going without or making huge changes. Being frugal is about being mindful and intentional with what we buy, what we make and how we spend our precious time. Why be frugal? Because we work hard for our money and our time is valuable. So why shouldn’t we get the most out of it!
Happy Friday Friends!
As many of you know I am all about finding deals and being frugal. It is crazy to think we started our frugal journey over three years ago when my husband and I realized we weren’t being very intentional or smart with our money. We often joke we were just trying to learn how to “adult” which is what led us down the path of trying to managing our money wisely and being as frugal as possible.
One way I have found to continue to be frugal is with online shopping. I started online shopping many years ago, but it has been the past three years I have used it almost exclusively for everything except fresh food. Just to prove it to you I actually haven’t set foot inside (or online for that matter) a Target in 2+ years. I even got the scary, “we are closing your target redcard soon if you don’t come back to us” letter in the mail yesterday.
Since I use the internet so much for shopping I was really excited when I was introduced to a website called Dealspotr.
Now at this point you are probably thinking “Oh great…ANOTHER WEBSITE FOR COUPONS!”
Yes there are a lot out there and yes it can get overwhelming.
That being said this is a good one.
What is Dealspotr?
This is a social networking site designed especially for finding coupon/deals/saving money on your favorite websites and items. They have a feed, much like Facebook, where you can view all the deals for the brands/companies you subscribe to. *Hint: my feed has a lot of coffee, cooking and running gear deals on it*
I highly recommend subscribing to all your favorite stores to increase your chance at finding a great deal/coupon.
Example: Shopping for shoes at GAP? Go to dealspotr and see what the latest and greatest coupons are for that website or that specific item. This site lets you find the biggest and bestest coupons out there, saving you as much money as possible.
The great thing is that the deals are validated by other shoppers, meaning they can attest that the deal you are looking at actually worked for them and saved them money! This is my favorite part because so often I find coupons but then they don’t work…which is a waste of my precious time and energy.
Most of the top stores/brands are located on this site so the likelihood of finding a coupon for what your shopping for is pretty high.
Earn points for posting deals!
Yes, you read that correctly. You earn points for posting deals. You also earn points for validating and spotting good deals that might go “hot” or “on fire” or pointing out that a deal doesn’t work or has expired (just make sure it actually doesn’t work before reporting it).
The great thing is posting a deal takes only a couple of minutes and you can redeem your points for Amazon gift cards (I love Amazon…).
You earn a $10 gift card for every 10,000 points!
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For posting deals: What I do is check my e-mail in the morning. I get A LOT of e-mails from stores because I do A LOT of shopping online 🙂 Bright and early I check to see what great deals have come through my e-mail and if I think others will like the deal I post it on Dealspotr. After posting my best deals/coupons, I go through the list of already posted deals and spot the ones I think will be “hot”. If the deal I spotted goes “hot” or “on fire” I get a few extra points for spotting it!
For using deals: While I’m shopping around online I always make sure to check to see if there are any coupons/promo codes available for the store or item I am going to buy. If I find a deal and it works, I go back and validate it once I complete my purchase, letting others know the deal works and I saved some $$.
Why use Dealspotr?
The truth is you don’t have to, just like you don’t have to use coupons or shop for in-season produce.
That being said…
You should do all of those things.
Saving money and living a frugal lifestyle is the first step to financial freedom. While I don’t advocate for excessive shopping or purchasing items you don’t need, sometimes you do need to buy something (underwear only lasts so long people). If you are needing to buy something why not get the best deal possible on it. I am a huge advocate for saving money and stretching the budget. Your money is your time. You work long hours for that income being deposited into your bank account, so why not make it last and get the most out of it.
While there are many coupon sites out there, Dealspotr is the first one I have found that rewards you for both using and sharing great deals. I love doing both, so getting rewarded for that is awesome.
As the holiday season approaches let’s all work hard to spend our money wisely and share with others how we do it. There is no reason we all can’t reap the benefits of a great deal or coupon.
Happy Deal Spotting!
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