Dealing with "Deals": A Genius Tip for Taming the Buying Beast

Dealing with "Deals": A Genius Tip for Taming the Buying Beast

Janel Laban
Feb 26, 2015

Online shopping is undoubtedly a time-saver but, as anyone who has ever succumbed to the flash sale-induced "don't miss out!" mindset knows, it's not always a money-saver. One of our wise readers has found a way to tame the buying beast that is the online "sale" email and make it work for her, rather than the other way around.

We found this great idea in the impulse buys post thread. Take it away, Marlee...

I found I was doing more online shopping than I wanted because I was always responding to great offers that were sent via email. Hmmm... 40% off at Pottery Barn... next thing you know, I've ordered new bedding I don't need.

What I did was create an email box and named it "deals." I set up a rule in my Apple Mail where emails from certain addresses (online stores) are sent directly to that folder. If I'm legitimately shopping for something, I can then scan through the folder and see if there are any good offers. Kept impulse buying at bay.

So good, right?!

Thanks Marlee (and, also, thanks for being a commenter since 2009!)

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