3 Fun and Geeky Ways to Save With Your Email

by Jason on February 2, 2010


I know you must be an experienced saver (you are reading this blog!). But there are still money-saving tricks you are probably not aware of.

Let’s take a look at three of them.  Here’s my list of  3 fun and geeky ways to save with your email.

1. Create a Money-Saving Gmail Filter

If you have ever bought anything online, you’re probably subscribed to the store’s email updates.

Or perhaps you have a few favorite stores you turn to on a regular basis that offer good coupons and special offers.  Wouldn’t it be nice to track deals from those stores without stuffing your Gmail inbox?

Here’s a way out: create a Gmail filter.

1. Login to your Gmail and go to: Settings – Labels and create a new label called “DEALS”

2. Go to: Settings – Filters and click “Create a new filter”

3. Submit the following values:

  • From: *@amazon.com OR *@ebay.com OR *@barnesandnoble.com OR (*@yourfavoritestoredomain.com)
  • To: me

Gmail filter save

4. Go to the next step and choose the following:

  • Check “Skip the inbox” (to avoid clutter in your inbox);
  • Star the message (you will be able to unstar after you check the deal details);
  • Apply the label “DEALs” (to collect all the offers in one place).

Gmail filter save

You are done! Now, every time that a new deal comes from the store you track, it will automatically be stored in your “DEALs” folder.

2. Create a Customized Money Alert

Another way to track online deals and avoid email clutter at the same time is to create a customized email alert - this way you will only be updated on what really matters to you.

My favorite site to do that is Buxr. The site allows to customize your email alert by:

  • The store name (choose “All” if you have no particular seller in mind);
  • Type of a deal (coupon, sale, product or all);
  • Any term:

Buxr deal alert

This way you will only get updates on all deals related to “laptops”.

3. What If There Is No Email Subscription Option?

Sometimes you really love the site and you would like to monitor their updates but they don’t offer an email subscription option.  No worries.

Let’s say the site is “ListFreeSamples.com” (I personally use this site as the freebie source but it has no email subscription option), so here’s what you need to do:

Go to Google Alerts and create a new email alert for site:listfreesamples.com:

Save with email

You are done. Once Google finds anything new on the site, it will update you via email.

Any more tricks on saving money with your email? Please share them in the comments!

This is a guest post by Ann Smarty who blogs on searchand social media. If you are looking for guest bloggers or blogs that need contributors, join Ann’s forum called My Blog Guest.

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Craig Ford February 2, 2010 at 7:04 am

Jason,
Thanks for the interesting list. It was all new stuff to me.
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Joe Plemon February 2, 2010 at 10:03 am

Jason,
The title is quite appropriate, putting “fun” and “geeky” in the same sentence. For me, I am not sure that I am geeky enough to have fun with these tips, but still I enjoy knowing they are options. Thanks for sharing them with us.
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Kevin@OutOfYourRut February 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

I’m a techno-idiot so I’m always behind the curve on these things. But I like getting good deals so thanks for the tips!

(I may be bugging you later when I run into the technical details that seem to follow me where ever I go! ;-) )
.-= Kevin@OutOfYourRut´s last blog ..Social Media – How Do You Find Friends and Followers? =-.

Ann Smarty February 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Thanks much for publishing!

Yes, it is somewhat geeky but definitely fun! :) So I’d encourage you to go ahead and try – this is geeky but not at all hard!
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Derek February 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Geeky is right up my alley and I am ashamed to say that this is all new to me. I’m definitely looking in to Buxr. Thanks.
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Jason February 3, 2010 at 6:43 am

I’m in the same boat, I had no idea you could do that with Gmail! Ann did a great job on the post with presenting some new ideas!

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