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You think you know me, but you have no idea…

Recently, I was reflecting on some of the odd things I do sometimes often to save a dime.  I thought it might be fun to share a few of them with you.  Since you are here, you probably like to save money too, so you might not find my actions that odd.  Nonethesless, don’t judge me!  Lol!

Odd Things I do to Save a Dime:

1.  Can I get a sample?  When I take short-haul trips by plane and pack only a carry-on, I sometimes forego packing facial products in my 3-quart bag.  Instead,  once I get to my destination, I visit Sephora (or a similar store) to get free samples of the products I use at home.

Various samples from last trip.

2.  Can I get a sample? Take II.  When I’m not ready to splurge on pricey facial/skincare products that I love, I become a sample seeker.  For example, I received a sample of Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation and loved it, but I wasn’t ready to dish out $55 for it.  So, when my first sample ran out, I returned to the store and asked for another one.  Benefit:  After a couple samples, I realized I wasn’t correctly color-matched. 

Chanel samples

3.  Price Adjustments.  I hate missing opportunities for a price adjustment.  And, stores aren’t making it any easier with their shrinking time periods in which you can claim an adjustment.  I recently bought a Michael Kors saddle bag on sale at Nordstrom for $149.90.  I visited everyday after purchasing the item to check for price changes.  Two days later, the bag was marked down to $113.90.  What!  I promptly called Nordstrom and the rep adjusted the price via the phone.

4.  Return It!  When does the goal of maximizing purchases go too far?  If I buy something that I have the slightest doubt about, I return it.  That has backfired once, and I’ve repurchased something that I returned.  Okay, maybe I did that twice.

I bought, returned, and repurchased these Coach flats.

5.  Best Price.  I don’t purchase anything unless I’m sure I’m getting the best price.  Before getting a smartphone, to do that in the field, I would call my husband or a friend and have them do an online search of the item I was contemplating buying.  “Could you google Paolo Masi and tell me what the bags retail for?”  Smartphones have made that process a lot easier.

6.  Online Purchases.  I refuse to buy anything online before searching for free shipping and other coupons on coupon sites like retailmenot.  Actually, I usually refuse to purchase anything online unless it has free shipping.


You’re starting to understand why my name is Psyche now, aren’t you? o_O

So, what quirky things do you do to save a dime?  Don’t leave me hanging out here by myself!


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  1. December 5, 2011 / 7:05 pm

    I hear you on samples. And I've also called home for a price check. *lol* Smart phones are the best.

  2. December 5, 2011 / 7:57 pm

    I am like you with the shipping so what I do is if you have to buy a certain amount to get the free shipping I place a joint order with my sister or a friend to get the free shipping. I also search all over the web to make sure I find the lowest price on everything and lastly I try to find things in thrift stores first before I buy something that's "trendy".

    P.S. now following you via Bloglovin

  3. December 5, 2011 / 11:01 pm

    You sound like my hubby. I am so lazy and don't do most of this, but since being married to him I've started doing a few things to save money. I'm a "time" person so paying a few extra $s never bothered me if I can get it over with.

  4. December 6, 2011 / 2:45 am

    I love samples! Thanks for offering so many money saving tips.

  5. Kim
    December 12, 2011 / 4:17 am

    another tip – sign up for ebates and click through their site before buying anything online. they give you cash back on all your purchases.

  6. September 23, 2012 / 5:48 pm

    eBates is the best! almost too good to be true, but i've benefitted from many of their "big fat checks"

  7. Anonymous
    May 1, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    I love you your tips. I'm a fan. 😉 Thanks.