We've talked about it a lot here in the Family Piggy Bank - setting up a saving plan, creating a budget and sticking to it, carefully watching any penny spent on a want versus a need...and that is how it works, folks. It, of course, is being in control of your financial well-being. It is a working, usable user guide to your finances.
And one of the main mantras in that plan is do not spend, cutting back. But every once and a while, we need to look at some areas where spending actually could save you money.
One rather new-ish idea that does save you money but you need to outlay some cash to do it is those deal sites. Think Groupon, Tippr, LivingSocial, PlumDistrict, Daily Candy Deals and others -- they all offer a wide variety of deals, many with 50% off the regular price. Many are local, right there in your city, while other deals are nationwide.
The kicker with these sites -- to make sure they work for you and your piggy bank and don't cost you money -- is that you must use the offer. That is why I keep my eyes out for things I already need or will need in the near future. My best bet: packages of kids classes or tickets to a family event. I've been able to get three or four ballet classes that Kiddo loved -- for the price of one class. We've seen some great concerts at half the price. These sites are also idea ldeal for finding gifts. If you are like me and try to spread holiday shopping throughout the year, these sites can offer fantastic ways to get that perfect present without breaking the budget.
Have you ever bought a deal from these sites? Do you subscribe to their emails?