Posted by: Shareeke The Conscious Spender | November 24, 2010

Mini Shopping Pass

All hard work and no play is no fun! This week I want to first thank you and give you a high five for continuing on this journey with me. Your reward is a “mini” shopping pass. Hey, I had to give it to you because you would take it anyway. 🙂 Being that I am the Conscious Spender, I’m sending you armed for success. Here are tips for your conscious shopping trip.

Three important tips to being a savvy shopper: Free Shipping, Fee Free Gift Cards, and Price Comparison Shopping.

December 17, 2010 is free shipping day for over 1000 retailers, but you don’t have to wait until this date. Look for free shipping promotions online. Target has tons of free shipping items, while Amazon has a prime shipping program for those of you, who purchase a lot of items throughout the year. Even better, use “Google” to search for free shipping codes!

What are fee free gift cards?  Certain gift cards you buy will charge you a service or handling fee just to use the gift card.  So what you thought was a $100 gift turns into a $97 gift after these fees.  Many different issuers provide a fee free gift cards. My favorite is American Express gift cards! They have a code right now on their website that allows you to receive fee free gift cards and a shipping program that you can even try for FREE for one month ”Wink, Wink.” American Express is not the only fee free gift card. Check out your favorite card and see what codes are out there for them. TD bank is another example of an institution that has a fee free gifts cards.

Price Comparison: WHO SHOPS WITHOUT COMPARING PRICES? Not under my watch, you don’t! I will repeat it for the hundredth time; know what you want and what it costs. Then get online and price watch. Several websites do it for you; an alert email is sent when the price changes. Camel Camel Camel is one website. Be aware that some price comparison websites require you to download a toolbar or software for their program!

Remember a savvy shopper leaves money in their bank account to INVEST. OOOO NO, I ALMOST DIDN’T SAY IT, BUT I HAVE TO. DON’T FORGET YOUR COUPONS!

Until next week,

Shareeke The Conscious Spender

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