3 Ways To Save Money While Waiting To Check Out
I set the item my next to register, as the cashier greeted me and asked me a question.
â€œDo you have any coupons today?â€ she asked.
â€œNo, â€œI responded.
â€œDo you want one?â€ she replied.
â€œDo you have one for me?â€ I fired back instantly.
She told me to use my smart phone and bring up the craft store’s website where I would find a coupon for 50% off any single item. I did as she instructed, and with a flash of light and a beep from the scanner my $30 item was reduced to $15.
I saved $15 using a coupon from the store’s website.
It was very considerate of the cashier to tell me about the coupon, she obviously didn’t have to. However being alerted to the existence of the online coupon exemplifies the fact that it’s easy to save money with just a little effort. Before walking up to the check out counter of any retailer shoppers can follow three easy steps using a smart phone if they’re looking to bring down their bill:
Check For Coupon Codes
Do a quick google search for coupon codes with the retailer’s name and see what pops up. A Party City employee directed us to do this once, saving us $25.
Check The Retailer’s Website
This was the case I encountered at the craft store. The 50% off one item coupon was splashed right across the top of the retailer’s landing page.
Signup for Email or Text Alerts
This is also usually done from the retailer’s website. Many times you’ll get a coupon code just for signing up, and it’ll show up as a text message or in your inbox immediately.
These are all actions that take very little effort but could save you a significant amount of money. The next time you’re waiting in line at a checkout counter, instead of checking your facebook account, follow the three steps above and save yourself some money.
Have you ever used your smart phone while waiting in line and found a coupon code that saved you some cash? How much did you save?
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Brock is a software engineer by day and personal finance blogger at night. He is a fitness junkie and enjoys grilling and smoking meat. Married with two children, Brock strives to improve his skills as a husband and father, and is always on the lookout to stretch his family’s budget as far as he can.
Money Beagle says
Yeah, finding a coupon to get scanned is big. It was nice that the cashier told you.
It certainly was……I wonder if she “just does it,” or if that sort of thing is pushed by the management team.
Jessica Quinn says
Saving money is an area that I have been thriving in lately. I love your tips and, if you don’t mind, I would like to add that rebate apps are amazing for general shopping trips as well. I have made about$70 back in rebates on groceries in the past 2 weeks from using these apps and it is wonderful! Great post!
Thanks for the pointer, Jessica, definitely something else to check out!