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20 Overlooked Discounts

Posted By timparker On 04/24/2012 @ 2:10 pm In Frugal Living | 9 Comments

We’re always on the lookout for a bargain but either we don’t have the time, don’t have the desire to hunt, or we don’t know where to look. For me, it’s often a combination of all of those. I love a good discount but I only take advantage of those that are easy to find. Here’s a list of a few others I found after a little bit of digging.

  • Coupons on your Receipt [3]- Check out the back of your register receipts. Sometimes there are coupons there.
  • Valpak/Red Plum- You know those big packs of coupons that come in the mail that say something like “Valpak” on the front? Although a lot of the coupons are useless unless you need a new air conditioner, I routinely find restaurant coupons as well as coupons for annual services like air conditioner service.
  • Catalina Coupons- You get to the checkout and as your items are scanned, a printer next to the register is printing coupons. Watch for those “5% off your next visit” coupons.
  • Prescription Drugs- Target now has a prescription reward card where you get a 5% off your next visit coupon after so many prescriptions are filled. Other stores have similar offers.
  • Surveys- Chic Fil a randomly prints a survey invitation on the bottom of their receipts. In exchange for taking an online survey, you get a free chic fil a sandwich (or the equivalent dollar amount) during your next visit. How does a half price lunch sound?
  • Coupons stuck to the product- When you’re at the grocery, look at every side of the products of you buy. Sometimes, you’ll find a nice coupon attached.
  • Senior Discounts- Seniors are eligible for more discounts than meets the eye. They’re everywhere but sometimes you have to ask. Here’s a place to start [4]
  • AAA and Club Discounts- Are you a member of a union? How about a hobby club, auto club, or just about any other type of club? Most have partnered with businesses to offer modest discounts.
  • Mobile Coupons- We all know that mobile is the fastest evolving consumer technology and businesses are working hard to keep up. That includes a ton of discounts that only come to you on your phone.
  • Credit Card Discounts- You’ve heard of credit card rewards points but Macy’s, for example, has exclusive coupons for people who use their Macy’s credit card. Watch out, though. Macy’s has a 25% interest rate on their card.
  • Tickets- Next time you go to a ticketed event, check out the back of your stub. They often have discounts that might entice you to go eat at that restaurant after the event. Discounts other than food are pretty common too.Programs- Speaking of events, don’t skip over the ad section in that event program. You might find some hidden discounts worth keeping.
  • Recycling Programs- Have you heard of recyclebank.com? This is a site that offers rewards for recycling. Take a look.
    Online Coupon Codes- Before you buy anything online, order a pizza, or go out to purchase a product, Google it. You might find a coupon code.
  • School Discounts- Being a student [5] has it’s privileges. There are whole catalogs catered to student discounts. If you’re paying for your child’s education, use them for their discounts.
  • Insurance Discounts- This site lists just a few ways to qualify for insurance discounts.
    http://autoinsurance.com/coverage/discounts/
  • Restaurant.com- This site [6] is a great deal if you can find restaurants that you like. I’ve found that often, they aren’t the nicest of restaurants but I’ve noticed that it’s getting a lot better.
  • Check at Work- My brother recently asked his manager and found out that he can show his work ID and get discounts at more than 50 restaurants and stores
  • Discounts on Utilities- If you’re considered a low income household, you can qualify for discounts on basic utilities.

Finally

I had to use #20 to offer the obvious way to save. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it or if you do need it, look on Craigslist or ebay first. (if it’s that kind of item) We’re living in a new economy where saving isn’t an option. Those who don’t have any savings are setting themselves and their family up for a questionable future. There are many things in life that are out of our control but I’ve never met anybody who can’t trim their spending somehow. Even a few dollars a week is a start.

(photo: krossbow [7])


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