Lately I’ve been finding myself strapped for both time and money while watching my retirement accounts suffer in this economy. Being a person to take the bull by the horns so to speak, I decided to start tracking where I spend most of my time and where my money goes. That way I’ll be able to figure out where to focus my attention and come up with a plan of attack.
I think many of us have the same issues despite different situations. I decided to pass along some of my tips as I do them. We can start a mass Save Time and Money event! OK maybe it’s not that noteworthy, but it may help you find a little extra time or money to do something fun. You can’t go wrong with that.
If you’re like me, you get hundreds of emails a week, or maybe even more. I’m not talking junk mail in the Junk folder, but offers from places that I’ve shopped for the most part. They are filled with special deals, latest products, coupon codes and more. Throughout the week they stack up unread, and on the weekend I spend time deleting them bunches at a time.
This past Saturday I decided to do the same delete process, but then I went through my delete folder and unsubscribed to all the emails that I never read. I remained subscribed only to the ones that I do find interesting and have time for. Sunday morning I woke up to an almost empty inbox! It was so refreshing for a change.
Time is saved trying to read all these emails and time is saved deleting these emails. Time is now spent not stressing over emails and enjoying morning coffee and the sunrise. Now I can hear you saying “But these emails have sales! They have discount codes! I can’t just unsubscribe.” The coupon codes that you get aren’t top secret launch codes.
These days you can pretty much get a coupon code and/or free shipping code for almost any retailer through a quick google search. RetailMeNot and FreeShipping.com are great resources (there are more!) and can often be combined with Ebates for a screaming good deal. If you plan to buy something, just grab a code from a search on the fly.
Unsubscribing also prevents those impulse purchases that you end up making after reading the colorful, luring email with the special coupon code just for you. If you don’t get it, there’s less chance of you impulse buying it. Do you know how many Sephora purchases started with a special email just for me?
Do you end up deleting tons of emails each week? Are you an impulse purchaser like me?
Disclaimer – I do not get anything when you click the links to Retail Me Not and FreeShipping.com. They are just sites that I personally use for coupon codes.