Back in 2009, I was browsing through some classified ads and found one that stood out. It wasn’t something I had expected to see and it was definitely out-of-place, but I gave it a quick glance and quickly realized that a great opportunity was staring me in the eyes. Sometimes the best deals come when you aren’t looking for them, and such was the case in what has been the best money-making opportunity I’ve come across so far.
One great thing about the internet is that is has opened a whole new world of price comparison shopping. No longer do you have to spend time travelling from store to store, or calling place after place just to find out how much something costs. Now, with the click of a few buttons, you have all of those comparison tools at your fingertips. This is especially beneficial for travelers when looking for flights or hotels. Kayak.com has been around for a while now and is one of my favorite tools for this job, so if you haven’t heard of it, sit back and let me give you a tour.
Sometimes the best deals are the ones you weren’t even looking for. These are also the most difficult to justify no matter how good. The fact is, we don’t want to buy something we don’t need, but being frugal isn’t just about saving money, It’s also about being able to recognize when a good deal is worth looking at just because it’s a good deal. When a deal is good enough, there will be plenty of opportunities to turn that into actual savings at some point down the road and that’s why it’s important to invest in your future.
I don’t know about you but I like to shop online. A lot. Conveniences like price comparisons, reviews and not having to drive to stores far outweighs the luxury of being able to touch the item in my hands and buy it right this minute. The internet has simply made it way too easy for us to buy things and have them delivered right to our doorstep in a matter of days and often at reduced prices compared to most brick and mortar stores. And while I enjoy those discounts, I can further supplement my savings by using rebate websites. I call it “online double-dipping” and it’s just the start of the many levels of dipping that are available to online shoppers.
Something I love about the internet is all the new and interesting marketing opportunities that have been made available since its inception. Companies will dream up any new crazy method they can try to market the same things in different ways. I can imagine the conference room talk that occurred when the idea of MyPoints came about. It probably went something like,
“People don’t like to look at spam. How can we get people to look at spam?”
“Sir, what if we paid people to look at spam?”
“Its genius! Someone give this man a raise!”
Well, somehow that idea came to fruition, and it still exists today.
With technology moving so fast these days you may find yourself buying the latest and greatest new smart phone or tablet just about every other week. I’m a big fan of technology and embrace it like a good friend who’s here to make my life better in some way, but technology items are one of the hardest things to find great deals on because of the low margins. That being said, you can almost guarantee that no matter where you buy that next smart phone or tablet, you will be getting the best (or close to the best) price on it. So how do these retailers make any money selling this stuff you ask? With accessories of course.
For my first official blog post I thought I would start with something small to show that a good deal is a good deal no matter the savings. Many people place negotiations way outside of their comfort zone. It’s not easy to break from the norm and realize that you can get things cheaper just by asking, but this type of behavior is not what we’ve been conditioned to. Negotiating is a learned skill that we can nurture and grow like many other things we do in life and to excel at it you must practice without fear of rejection. So how do we break out of this comfort zone and into some serious deal-making territory? Simple. You start small.
Welcome to do it frugal. Through this blog I’ll be posting about various methods I have used to make and save money. Many of these methods are easy to incorporate into your own life and you may be surprised at just how easy it is to save a little money wherever you are. While many of these things may not apply to your situation you may find it surprising to know just how many ways there are to pinch pennies. Feel free to share your own ideas with me as well and always remember to do it frugal.