As consumer cost products rise, more and more of us are looking to couponing, buying generics, taking advantage of sales and price matching as methods of saving money on groceries and other products. Headline worthy savings are made by shoppers who have the skills and time to organize elaborately planned bargain hunting trips.
What about the rest of us, however, who live in the real world? How do we save money with limited time and minimal organization skills? Is there a way to automate this process or make it so that we can schedule minimal preparation around the rest of our busy lives? The answer to both those questions is yes. Technology has made it simpler than ever to download digital coupons and upload information requests and comments in mere seconds or minutes anywhere a wifi connection is available.
Digital coupons are readily available on many grocery store websites now. Cellfire also offers an app that allows you to use your smart phone to save with digital coupons. Many grocery and non grocery stores also offer keychain savings cards that save you extra cash. If you forget your card many stores will look up your information with something as simple as your phone number. Saving on the go has never been easier.
For those of us with a little time here or there to save money, completing surveys can also be a lucrative way to save a bit of extra cash. In as little as one to two minutes, completing a customer satisfaction survey can help you score free or discounted food at many fast food restaurants. Walmart.com has also introduced a new program called Savings Catcher which allows you to use an app to scan your Walmart receipts. If another store has a lower advertised price, Walmart will give you the difference on an e-gift card.
Shopping online? Ebates and Upromise allow you to gain cash back on purchases you make in your pajamas, even in the middle of the night. Saving time and money, now that's convenient.
Another simple way to stash some extra cash is by writing a product manufacturer directly. Express to them how much you love their products and how loyal of a customer you try to be. Then politely say that you would love to buy their product more, but you find other things competing with the limited cash in your tight budget. You might be amazed by the coupons and/or free product you may receive simply by filling out a contact form on the manufacturer's website or shooting them a quick email.
In short, saving money doesn't have to take a lot of time or even effort. Savings are all around you. It just takes a little bit of looking and minimal work to save money.