Reward Yourself

I am a born and raised bargain shopper. Since I was a child, it has been ingrained in me to never buy something at full price unless it’s absolutely necessary. Now that I’m on a budget, this thrifty habit has come in handy on many occasions. I’m always on the lookout for a good deal and make much smarter decisions about what to buy because my budget is so tight.

One thing I’ve become especially aware of over the past few months is all of the rewards programs that stores offer to their customers. Since so many large chains are struggling to bring in profits, it’s becoming more common for a store to do all kinds of promotions and programs to draw in customers. Not every store has a rewards program, but it is definitely worth looking into!

Rewards programs differ from store to store, but essentially are free benefits you can get for shopping at your favorite stores. Generally how it works is that you receive points for each dollar you spend, and once you reach a certain amount of points you get a reward. These rewards can vary from $10 in store credit, coupons for varying percents off and more! Rewards members also often receive exclusive emails about sales and discount codes to earn you even more savings.

Many stores have these kinds of programs, but to name a few of my favorites: Sephora, Best Buy, Bob’s and Dress Barn. You can earn rewards simply by doing your normal shopping!

But one important thing to remember: Don’t spend more than you usually would, since that defeats the purpose! Just because you have a coupon doesn’t mean you have to use it. But if you were planning to buy something from that store anyways, be sure to you use your rewards!

So, next time you’re out shopping, look into the store’s rewards program and…20140209-213518.jpg