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Guest Post: Tips & Tools to Shop More Efficiently

Like everything else related to technology, the latest and greatest online innovations can help you save money – if you use them properly. Did you know that you can also save time? In our busy lives, who wouldn’t want that? Here are some insider tips and tools for you shop smarter to save time and money:

  • This may seem low-tech, but plan your shopping by creating an old-fashioned list of what you need. Besides using your list when you go to the store, use it when you shop online. Trust me: you’ll save lots of time and money. When shopping online, limit yourself to only use a site’s search feature so you can quickly find what you need, add it to your cart, cross it off your list and then move on to the next item. This prevents you from wasting time browsing and buying things you do not need.
  • Whenever possible, conduct all your shopping online. This is a strategic move for multiple reasons that add up to saving you more time and money.
    – You prevent wasting time and gas by driving to the store only to find that when you get there you forgot why you went there or you unable to find the item you originally went there for.
    – There’s no pressure from a sales staff to buy additional items when you shop online as there is so often when you shop in stores. Whether you give into impulse buys at the cash register or the clerk talks you into buying shoes to match your new dress, you don’t need the extras we pick up along the way.
    -When you have a moment of strength and realize you should part with those unnecessary items, when you shop online you escape the embarrassment when you decide at the cash register to put items back. Nobody can see when you empty items out of your electronic cart on the computer. Another helpful tip: the electronic cart during online shopping is a helpful guide for you since the automatic total helps you keep your budget in check throughout your shopping.
    -There’s more money to be saved online: you can quickly and easily find free coupon codes with a simple search. If you find yourself shopping at the same stores again and again, sign up for email alerts with a savings site so you are notified when there are new opportunities to save at your favorite stores.
    -In addition to online coupon codes, you can save more by earning cash back for free when you shop through a savings website. It only takes a few extra clicks.
    -To get the most savings, pay with your rewards credit card: this way you can accumulate points or earn more cash back on the same transaction.
  • Of course, sometimes you go need to run to the store. You can still use an online resource to be more efficient: before you head out, quickly check online for savings opportunities using the shopping list you made. Scan through the weekly ads online to identify sales at stores near you. You’ll save money, gas and time.
  • Whether you intend to go to the retail store, drug store, grocery store or even dine out, look online for free printable coupons for everything from mall stores to groceries and restaurants. Print out what you need and leave them in your purse or car. You’ll be prepared for the next savings opportunity!

By Jon Lal, founder of coupons & Cash Back website BeFrugal.com, which offers online coupons in addition to free Cash Back at 2000+ online stores. When you sign up for a free Cash Back account for a limited time you can get a $10 bonus in addition to great savings offers. Join now!