My e-mail account scores freebies that I actually use. On a very selective basis, I have given my e-mail address to a few of my favorite stores and have scored free products and services that I actually use.
Over the last six months, one of my favorite stores, Origins.com has sent promotional materials offering free in-store facials, 25-percent-off discount specials, product samples and (my least favorite) buy-something-get-a-free-gift offers. I like Origins skincare products because many of the items are certified organic products, paraben-free and effective. Of course, I also like my homemade spa products, but I have also been very satisfied with the cosmetics and personal care products at Origins.
Likewise, friends have enjoyed the perks of preferred customer status at various clothing stores, including Loehmann's. Through standard mail or e-mail, friends have received advanced notice of sales and extra coupons, which have translated into real savings.
Here's my strategy:
2) Consider Alternative Accounts: If you're reluctant to give up your private e-mail account to a store or vendor, consider establishing a separate e-mail account for subscriptions, stores, e-flyers. Gmail, hot mail and yahoo are some of the free alternatives for additional accounts.
3) Open and Read: Deadlines will pass; offers will expire if you don't open your mail.
4) Be Smart: A deal is not a deal if a purchase involves items that you don't really need or like.
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