Great Tips for Saving Money in 2011!

by Erin Edwards | January 13th, 2011 | Shopping Secrets

Sign up for every free customer rewards program you can. Even if you rarely shop at that retailer, having a rewards card will eventually get you some coupons and discounts. Make sure to use your separate email account to sign up for these programs and then check that account for extra coupons before shopping at that retailer. Also sign up for restaurant email clubs. Many times they will send you coupons for free appetizers or desserts just for signing up and on your birthday. They restaurants will also send money saving coupons throughout the year.

Do your holiday shopping right after the holidays. Most people use this technique for Christmas, but it works for every holiday. Wait until the day after a holiday, then go out shopping for items you need. Get wrapping paper, cards and tree decorations the day after Christmas. Get egg decorating kits after Easter and also cheap candy and costumes after Halloween. The discounts are always good, and you can put this stuff in the closet until next year which will save you a bundle.

Take advantage of exclusive deals and samples offered by many retailers through social media outlets. Be “social” and like your favorite stores, restaurants and online websites to get free samples and coupon offers. Many times retailers will offer special coupons and deals for their “friends” on Facebook. You can also follow retailers on Twitter and see their tweets for the latest sales and coupons.

Contact a few of your favorite companies each week by sending them an email or contacting them through the product website. Many times if you compliment them about their products or even mention if you have had an issue, they will reward your time and effort with coupons or free samples.

Bored after all the excitement from the holidays? Instead of spending money to entertain your kids, check out your local community calendar. There are often tons of free events going on in your town that you don’t even know about. Stop by the local library or by city hall and ask how you can get a listing of upcoming community events. You can often get free meals, free entertainment, and free stuff just by attending these events. Also make sure to check out the Free Weekend events I post every Friday. This list includes free events going on at retailers nationwide.

About the author: Erin Edwards is a financial expert and owner of Fun with Freebies.  She is an experienced bargain hunter who enjoys sharing her shopping expertise with others.  Erin’s freebie savviness is best exemplified by the FREE trip to Disney World she planned for her husband’s birthday!  Using her bargain skills, she was able to accumulate enough gift cards, hotel points, free tickets, etc. to get the entire trip for free.  In addition to this vacation, Erin averages savings of 230 dollars per month on groceries,  personal care, and other household items.

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