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After working in digital marketing for three years, buying things with promotion codes has been programmed into the way I shop. Because of the tips I picked up, I’ve been able to purchase Ralph Lauren boots for $25 at 60 percent off (originally $149.99) with a special promo code, plus an extra 10 percent off. Buying online and through my mobile devices has not only informed the strategies I implement at my job, but it's helped me personally too. And here's how it can help you.
Say Yes to E-blasts
When asked if you want to receive e-mails from your favorite brands and stores, say yes, as these newsletters often contain information on sales. You could also receive push notifications from apps on your cell. After you receive your welcome code, you can cheat with some sites by stacking existing promos on top of your special promo to save even more than you intended.
Extra discounts may also come in the form of another Internet pest -- a pop-up page. So let them crop up to see if there's something there for you.
Some sites may also offer 10 to 20 percent off promo codes as a reminder when you leave items in your cart. In this case, it pays to wait.
Check Out Shopping Publications
Magazines like Glamour, Essence, InStyle and Lucky often feature shopping promo codes, so scan their pages closely.
Follow Your Favorite Brands on Social Media
Download Lots of Apps
Get all the apps you can on your smartphone. I only hail cabs through my phone apps if I have a promo code. Lyft.com and GETT.com are a few of my favorites for rides, and then Yplan.com is great to find things going on in cities around the world. For beauty related business, I’m obsessed with Beautified App, only in New York City and San Francisco.
Keep Up with Your "Junk" Mail
Wait until more offers start rolling into your e-mail. For example, from my inbox, I know that Saks.com is offering an extra 40 percent with the code HOLIDAY or CAP57XP5H3.
And Now, Promo Codes to Help You Save
Illume candles is running an extra 20 percent off with code FIRESIDE. Timberland is offering a daily deal online now until Christmas with code: SHIP50 for 20 percent off, plus free shipping. If you’re luggage is outdated, use code GSI25 for 25 percent off for Kipling luggage, until February 2015. In preparation for a winter getaway, SwimSwim.com, a site that offers virtual bikini try-ons, will be running a 20 percent discount with IAMSUMMER until the end of year. Luisaviaroma.com, is a luxury site that carries Diesel, Hunter and Rick Owens, has the code SH2060 for 25 percent off until December 30. WELCOME20 is good to use for Giltcity.com for additional savings on top of the deals you’re purchasing for other activities like tickets for plays or musicals in select cities. Use HOLIDAYTREAT on J.Crew.com for an additional 30 percent. If you have a J.Crew credit card, you could get 40 percent off hippie-collared shirts now until the end of the year.
Lyft.com is giving away three free rides in New York City with 167716. GETT.com, another taxi service based in Israel, is offering rides for $10 anywhere in Manhattan and $20 off your first few rides with GTMELIS67. On a trip to London I met a guy named Chris from Yplan.com, the event app I mentioned above. Use streetchris for $10 off your plans. Beautified App offers a $10 code upon downloading if you invite friends. I’ve received a $25 off deal a year ago for my first fancy haircut in a top New York salon. (They also feature lots of savings via social media.)
For last-minute gift shoppers, cvs.com is always running a “surprise” deal with DEAL50, which you can use on top of your rewards earned from each purchase in-store or online if your card is registered to the site! If you've never ordered your groceries from FreshDirect and need to order food for your holiday meal, get $50 off of your first experience over $150 with SE2014 until the end of December.
Over the years, I've saved hundreds of dollars by using the tricks above. To me, promo codes are like the new coupons with less paper involved! Do you have any tips you could share for saving while shopping online?