Disclosure: This post is sponsored by RetailMeNot. All opinions and experiences shared are, as always, honest and my own.
It’s that time of year. Along with the decorating and baking and parties, there is shopping. (And wouldn’t it be nice to win an extra $250 VISA gift card to spend on some of those expenses? Scroll down to enter the giveaway.)
And not just present shopping, but the-boys-have-a-Christmas-concert-and-need-black-pants-and-a-white-dress-shirt shopping and Calvin-needs-a-new-pair-of-of-winter-gloves shopping and the-heel-on-my-favorite-pair-of-boots-is-flapping-so-it’s-time-to-look-for-a-new-pair shopping. (I am planning on getting them repaired as well, but they have worked hard for many years and they are looking tired.)
Believe it or not, I don’t particularly enjoy months with lots of shopping. Drop me in the middle of an antique market and shopping is my favorite, but drop me in the middle of a busy mall during the holidays and it’s definitely not. I also get a little stressed trying to fit it all into our budget.
I shared a few years ago that we worked through Dave Ramsey’s baby steps and paid off ALL of our non-mortgage debt (including cars and student loans) and now we live by a set, cash-only budget, so we can continue to work towards our financial goals and not wonder where our money went all the time.
A part of sticking to that budget, is stretching our dollars by shopping smart. For me, that means buying most of my furniture second-hand, buying things with potential that others might overlook, shopping sales, and using coupon codes.
A site I’ve been using for quite a while as a coupon code/sale resource is RetailMeNot. (And before we get too far into this and you feel like I’m trying to sell you something, let me just get this out of the way – this is a FREE site to use. So, this is just about saving money. Read on…)
As I shared at the beginning, one of our expenses this month was Christmas concert clothes for the boys. That means white button-down shirts, black pants, and black shoes. So, I hopped over to RetailMeNot to see what kind of sales and coupon codes were available. I zeroed in on GAP pretty quickly, since they make the uniform pants and shirts the boys wear to school and there was an active Old Navy/GAP coupon code for 20% off sitewide (including sales).
I popped over to GAP, picked out the clothes they needed, along with some new uniform clothes, and comfy sweatpants for Marshall (his were looking like capri pants). I ended up saving $31.93 with the coupon code.
As I’ve been exploring RetailMeNot more for this post, I learned about the “Genie“. It’s an extension you can add to your internet browser and when you check out online, click it, and it will automatically find the best coupon code for you and even stack ones that can be used together. You can even earn cash back on those purchases. And it’s not pennies on the dollar, but more like dimes on the dollar AND they are actual dollars that get deposited in your PayPal account. I earned $20 cash back for a purchase at Macy’s that was under $200.
And here is how the total was broken down…
And, if you’re one of those people who love milling around in a mall, there is a RetailMeNot App that will alert you to deals and coupons that can be scanned at checkout.
Now, for the giveaway…
RetailMeNot is offering a $250 VISA gift card to one lucky winner. To enter the giveaway, click HERE to sign up for RetailMeNot (again, it’s completely free), browse their website for today’s deals, and comment back on this post with the deal you’re excited to use for holiday shopping this year! (I spotted 20% off at World Market and 20% off one item at Best Buy!)
The giveaway will end Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at midnight PST, and a winner will be chosen and announced by Thursday, December 21.
Good luck and happy bargain shopping!