Many people like to find discount codes believing that they’ll save a fortune on their shopping. There are times that they can help but more often than not this doesn’t happen. The trick is to make sure you use the codes sensibly. Too many people believe they see a deal and then overspend to get that “deal”.
You can also only save if you actually use them. Many know that they exist but forget all about using them when the time comes—or believe that they’ll be seen as being cheap.
Here are some tips to actually save money from your coupons.
Have Them Ready to Use
Whether they are clippings from a paper or a code on your phone, make sure the codes are ready to use. You could put them on the table at the restaurant to remember that you brought them with you or put them in the same compartment as your money when you’re shopping in a store. When shopping online, remember to do a search before you confirm the payment on the screen.
Use Them on the Products You Usually Buy
It’s easy to spend for the sake of spending but the only way you are actually going to save money is by purchasing items that you would usually buy. This could be on your grocery shop or it may be on household cleaning products. If you’re going to use the codes to buy in bulk, only buy the non-perishable goods. The last thing you want is to waste the money and discount by letting things go off.
The only time it is worth spending on something you wouldn’t usually need is if there is a genuine use. For example, you may be thinking about buying a new dress for an upcoming wedding and the codes will help cut the cost on something that is useful and needed. It also works if you need back to school materials or something for your work!
Calculate the Amount You’ll Save
Before using them—or buying that extra item to use them—calculate the amount that you are actually saving. If you have to spend £10 extra to save £10, it’s not going to be worth it in the end—you’re not saving. However, if you were going to spend the full amount anyway, so you’re spending nothing extra to make the saving, you’ll save £10.
Always calculate your savings. This can also help you work out the best code, if there are two for the same store or website which can happen, especially when you use websites like www.dontpayfull.com.
You can save money by using discount codes. However, it takes some patience and careful planning to make sure you actually do. If you’re not careful, you could actually find yourself spending a lot more in the long term!
This guest post was written by Paul Howard, a budgeting and savings expert. He works with many individuals and families to help them save money and stick to their budgets in all areas of life.
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