Best Apps To Save Dollars
I have always LOVED shopping. I can remember shopping with my mom at the age of 5, asking her to buy me “sparkly things.” When I was 12, she introduced me to TJ Maxx and Marshalls and a new world opened up! I suddenly had access to everything I could want, at a discounted price. I bought my first pair of Steve Madden sandals for $15 at Marshall’s and wore them until they literally fell apart on me three years ago.
When I was in college, I started shopping for trendier, more “grown-up” pieces. I discovered Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor and Macy’s. I started to realize I could find better quality pieces at department stores. And it’s at that point, when I had little money, that I started working on the solution to a problem every girl has: how do I get more for less?
Now, I RARELY, if at all, shop at the mall. While I do enjoy cruising out to Nordstrom and a couple of boutiques on vacation, I prefer to shop online and use the power of technology.
It’s time to talk about just a few of my top secret weapons! .
KEEP: Here’s how it works: Install the application on Google Chrome (it walks you through the process) and then, when you’re shopping online on a product’s page, all you have to do is hit the “KEEP” button on your toolbar. Once you do, a separate page pops up allowing you to save the item to a folder in KEEP. Then, later, once that item goes on sale, KEEP sends an email to notify you so you can purchase it at the sale price. I have saved hundreds of dollars on this app and using it forces me to think about whether I really want something!! If the item goes on sale and I decide I don’t want it, then I feel EVEN BETTER knowing I would have had buyer’s remorse. https://keep.com/
I discovered Paribus about 3 months ago, so it’s a fairly newer application; but, I’ve had a solid experience so far. If you go to Paribus’ site, it walks you through an easy process of connecting your email to their dashboard. Quick tip: connect the email that you use while shopping online. Paribus will comb through your email and look at the online receipts sent to it, then monitor when items on those receipts go up or down in price. Paribus keeps track of each store’s policy on returns and automatically knows if you should be getting a price adjustment on an item you already bought. Then, Paribus credits back the difference to your credit card! Definitely keep checking your dashboard occasionally though! Some places, like Target, require that YOU the consumer call them to demand the price adjustment. So, Paribus will alert you on your dashboard that you need to do so, but it’s up to you to actually do it. Paribus does take a small percentage of the returned cash back, but you can cut your fees into almost nothing by simply sharing Paribus with friends and nudging them to sign up. https://paribus.co/retail/purchases
This is the last one on the list of apps I use daily and it’s saved me numerous times. Honey is simpler than the other two. It’s a Google Chrome application and you can find it on Google Chrome’s to install it to your browser. Then, you click on the Honey button during checkout online and Honey automatically checks for coupon codes, then adds them to your shopping cart. It’s really great because you don’t have to spend time searching Google for the latest coupon codes! So far, the app has worked on every online store I’ve shopped on. I really, really love it!
Try these out and let me know what you think guys! Drop a comment below if there’s another application you’re using to save money because I want to hear all about it! See you Friday!