just for u = more money for me

EXCUSES

> Not excited about having to download another app on your phone?
Sorry, make room, this one is worth it. Don’t have time to wheel-n-deal & coupon?
Me neither. This app is amazing…

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> Everyone has grocery store cards. If you don’t, how are you living your life? save2
NUMBER ONE: It is just crazy to buy grocery store things at regular price.  

If you’re like me, you don’t ever carry grocery store cards, gym cards, coffee shop punch cards (geeze why so many cards people?) so you can just have your grocery store card linked to your phone number.  I’ve tried a bunch of couponing apps like Ibotta, which is awesome. It just hasn’t stuck with me yet…maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I’d love your comments on this!

HOWEVER, I find that the “just for u” app more than pays for the gigabytes of space that it takes up on my phone. Grocery stores are always having sales and most stores just ask that you have a card to receive the benefits. Safeway has one-upped their commitment level from you by asking you to download their app. They make it worth the effort! Promise. The crazy good deals they offer to only ‘just for u’ appers (is that a word?) on things you actually buy, like eggs, cheese, cereal, breakfast bars, veggies, everything is real money.


FREE

> Wait, actual free stuff? YES!!!! Occasionally there are FREE items. Yes, totally free. All you have to do is add it to your account (by tapping the item in the app) and then as you check out (under your phone number) when you scan the item, it just comes right off. I got a whole box of FiberOne bars ($4) for free. Thanks for the free breakfast last week Safeway! 


PARTNER STORES

save3Not in Colorado, no Safeway? NO worries. They have sister stores everywhere.
Vons and Albertsons also have Just for U. Even when I travel, like to California, I can just open the “Nearby Stores” function on the app and see what stores in my current area are offering deals. Yay for travel saving!!!

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MORAL

> But the point of this article is not just to get you to download this particular app; it’s to foster an awareness of deals. Even if you’re a MAXI-minimalist, you still have to buy food, so finding hacks and ways to get deals on groceries is so helpful. Try some apps out for yourself! It can’t hurt to download a few, try them out and see what happens! If it doesn’t end up saving you, you can always delete it. More great saving apps coming soon! 


GAS SAVINGS

> Drive? Then save money on gas. Even if you don’t buy items on sale, ever dollar you spend at the store goes toward saving you real money at the pump. 

 


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> Get really crafty and buy gift cards on the app.
If you see a gift card for a store you regularly shop at, or you know you need to buy as a gift for someone, tap it on the app.  Not only is it free money back in your pocket, but it’ll go towards your gas rewards! 

 


PRO TIPS

save6> Go through the app before you walk into the grocery store. Even if you only take a second, sitting in your car when you park. This is really helpful for so many reasons. By pre-selecting items on the app you are planning and not spontaneously buying. Spontaneous purchasing is one of the biggest killers of saving money. Don’t buy something just because it is on sale. You won’t end up using or liking it.

Sometimes phone service in the store is slow. I’ve had three different carriers and for some reason I always have slow data in grocery stores! Sometimes your phone battery is low and your phone will die as you’re walking around trying to get deals (talk about frustrating!) Finally, don’t be the person walking around the store staring at your phone getting in everyone’s way (ugh, move over!)

 

safeIf you see an item in the store with the special “just for u” savings tag on it, and you aren’t sure you have it added to your account, don’t worry! You can scan it! Yes, pull up the home page on the app and find the Scan function on the second row. It’ll pull up a camera which you just hold up to the scew on the item. It’ll find it and add it for you. Ahhhh, so easy.

 



OTHER GREAT APPS

> more on all of these later! Also, I would love if you share your own faves! 

CARTWHEEL – for Target! Similar to “just for u” in that the deals on the app are ONLY available if you have the app and you add them to your account

IBOTTA – my friend swears by this one. I haven’t really made much on it yet, but I’m a casual and sloppy user. 

EBATES – We’ll get to EBATES later…TONS of potential, but my verdict is still out. 

PRIMEAZON – why you should Amazon

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Amazon Prime Membership $99 per year

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This hundred dollars per year breaks down to $8.25 a month, which is less than a subscription to Hulu, Netflix, iTunes or Spotify. *They do have a monthly option for $10.99 per month. Get the annual membership (or Free Trial!) because, unless you are positive that you are ONLY going to order items for one month and then never order online again, paying monthly will just end up costing you more in the end.

You can read all about all the benefits you get as a member: amazon_prime_logo

img_0311> I can’t even tell you the amount of money I save in shipping. It WAY more than pays for the $100 investment. If that is the only feature that you utilize, it will be worth the investment.

>Love the two day shipping. So many times I’ve been able to order something I needed, when I thought of it, and then had it delivered to my front door before I would have had a chance to take a trip to the store where they may not have even had it. Plus, if you’re a smart Amazon shopper you know all of the PRO TIPS to save you even more money and get the highest quality products for the best prices.



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FREE RETURNS :
Short of re-purchasing an item you already own, ALWAYS buy items that have “Free Returns.” Sometimes the shipping along on sending something back can cost half of the cost of the item itself.


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REVIEWS & ANSWERED QUESTIONS :
Always buy the version/brand of whatever product you want that has the most stars. If you haven’t seen the product in person, take a few minutes to read some reviews (good and bad) and look at the photos that customers post in their reviews to get a real life sense of what it’s going to look like. I find this is especially helpful with clothing.


STUDENTS :
You get an even better deal > 50% off ($49/year) so, no excuses.


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WAREHOUSE DEALS:
If an item offers a “Warehouse Deal” this LIKELY means that the product is unused, brand new and the box is a little banged up. Totally worth the savings you get for buying a ‘used’ product. If it is available, it’ll be just off to the right, by where you can add the item to your cart.



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= buying a $20 item with only a few reviews, getting it, not liking it, then finding out that returning it will cost you $7 to ship back. Don’t get stuck with something you don’t actually want, because isn’t worth the money to ship it back. ^ Follow all of the Pro Tips to avoid this!


img_0318 > We all buy stuff, but maybe more stuff than we would like to admit. Luckily there is a huge movement right now towards more intentional and minialistic living. I like to think of this not only in terms of what I buy, but also in terms of how I spend my time. Please watch the “Minimalism” documentary. Here is the trailer:
http://www.theminimalists.com/

Another really encouraging and inspiring resources is  “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”

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Once you watch/read this material you may feel some internal conflict.

I came home from work to four Amazon boxes the night that I sat down to watch “Minimalism.” Talk about feeling conflicted…

‘I should send all of these packages back right away…shouln’t I?
But I actually am going to use these things and if I sent them back,
I would still need to re-order or go out to the store and purchase them.’

Following the tips and tricks I mentioned in this article help me to feel less guilty about purchasing things that I want. PLUS they save me enough money to buy, or sometimes do (minimalist travel tips coming soon) the things that I’m really excited about.

Couple the ideals of being a more efficient consumer with the desire to enjoy your life to the fullest. Being a minimalist can start with tiny changes. I’m not a minimalist yet, but I’m on my way.

I’d love to chat with you and share ideas!  

instagram: @lovelyminimalist

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I’m here to save you money doll!
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I love beautiful things and incredible experiences as much as the next girl, but I hate the idea of spending ALL of my time  working and accummulating money JUST to have one nice vacation a year or one outfit that makes me feel fab. Time is more than money; time is LIFE and I’m trying to  maximize the way I spend it while also minimizing the way I lose my dough. Each post is of a specific item, book, experience, website or travel tip that has saved me tons of money and brought joy to my every day life. I can’t wait to hear about your favorite money saving, glam-girl tips too!

Here’s to making the MOST of this life by spending as few of our precious dollars as possible.

~ xo #holladolladoll

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