As most of you know, I have tried to get into the habit this year of looking back to recognize different ways I am saving money. November found me traveling lots but I used quite a few gift cards. That was a nice way to save on expenses! Here are 7 ways I saved in November.
I used a $10 off $10 Kohl’s coupon to shop the clearance. I bought myself a pair of nice black sandals (90% off) and a long-sleeved shirt for Nathan (60% off), and spent only $2.12 after the coupon. Plus, I had a gift card that covered the $2.12 so I didn’t spend anything out of pocket.
I asked about a coupon at Payless and the cashier gave me 20% off. I was glad I said something about not having a coupon and that the cashier was in a nice mood to give me a discount! Just by asking, I was able to save $5.
I used gift cards to buy some toiletries for free at Amazon. I love using Bing and Swagbucks so I can shop for free at Amazon. When I see a really good deal on Amazon, I can take advantage of the savings (and convenience) of online shopping. I was thrilled to get Venus razor blades for less than $1 apiece, too!
I redeemed a $10 off $10 LL Bean gift promotion plus free shipping. I scooped out the clearance and found a little practical emergency preparedness item for my husband for Christmas. Since it was already on clearance and I didn’t have shipping, I saved $19 and paid only $4.99 from my Paypal account – where I recently had some of my earnings from Giving Assistant deposited.
I booked a rental car online and paid for it ahead of time. By doing so, I saved $15 on my rental car for the long weekend I was traveling in Nebraska.
I used a gift card to buy Starbucks hot chocolate as we waited in the O’Hare airport. I figured it was time for a treat for being pregnant and flying solo on 6 different flights with a 19 month old. I’m not a coffee drink but the gift card allowed me to splurge on airport prices. The hot chocolate was delicious, too!
I redeemed the recent 30% Amazon coupon and bought Nathan a new hardcover book for Christmas. Nathan really enjoyed number 16 from this Christmas list of books when we borrowed it from the library, so we’ll add it to our collection this year. The book was actually marked down already and then I used the coupon and gift cards to pay for it, so I didn’t have to spend anything out of pocket again. Again, I love saving my Swagbucks earnings to spend on gifts like this!
What did YOU do to save money in November? Any money saving ideas for December?