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Two for Tuesdays #2

Posted by billspaced | 5:17 AM | , | 0 comments »

In this second installment of Two for Tuesdays, I want to dive right into how to save you money right away.

One of the coolest new things on Amazon is their "Subscribe and Save" program, where you can:

  • automatically receive a new shipment of the item in intervals you select--every one, two, three, or six months
  • get a discount on their everyday price
  • get free shipping on every Subscribe & Save shipment
  • pay for each order only when the item is shipped
  • have the option to cancel at any time
Discounts are usually around 15-20 percent and there's free shipping. For those items you're going to purchase regularly, check out the prices on Amazon' Subscribe and Save. I buy all our Seventh Generation baby products this way.

So, here's the trick for saving money on those items you don't buy regularly (note: not all Amazon products are available; in fact, most aren't): Find an item you want to "try" and then sign it up for Subscribe and Save, get your order, then cancel the subscription. This will give you a 15 or 20 percent discount on something you tried. It's a great way to give a product a trial and save money to boot!

Coupons. Not your every day coupons, mind you. I got this tip through The Simple Dollar, where Trent, the site's author, gave a very useful tip. Take your Sunday paper's coupons and file them away for a month. Then, in a month, take those coupons for products that you might use to the grocery and/or drugstore. Amazingly, a good portion of those coupons will be applicable to items that are on sale, where you will derive the double-whammy bonus of a sale item and use of a coupon to get a really low effective price. One example Trent mentions is a quart of ice cream for 19 cents! Your mileage will vary, of course.

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