Save money shopping
It felt like the Grinch had just reached through my computer screen: One morning not long ago, a friend emailed to say that my very favorite daily deals site--the one I'd recently introduced her to-was having a big fat 40-percent-off sale. But when I clicked over, visions of cheap Christmas gifts dancing in my head, her promo code didn't work for me. Turns out these sweet nothings were strictly for checkout newbies, to entice them to pull out the plastic, already--not for loyal buyers like me.
I got mad, and then I got smart and set up an account with my husband's name, filling up a shopping cart… but not buying until the site coughed up that big old discount. Now you know my don't-go-bust-this-year tip, and here are a slew of other sneaky ways to save.
Give to get back
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