Budget 2011: Organize Your Computer For Maximum Savings

by Laura on January 3, 2011

There are several small things you can do on your computer to help maximize your savings when you shop!  Here are a few simple ones:

1.  Create a new e-mail address- Coupons and special sales codes are often sent through e-mail and can clutter your inbox leaving messages from friends and family lost in the middle of the deals.  By creating a new e-mail address you can keep all your sales in one place.  Gmail, Yahoo and AOL will let you create a new e-mail address for free.

2.  Create a list of favorites- Using your web browser take a moment to add websites you frequent to your favorites list.  (Make sure to add www.afrugalchick.com)!  If you don’t want to add favorites consider using Google Reader to check them all at once.

3.  Download coupon printing software- Coupons.com, Red Plum and Smart Source all have small software files that you have to download in order to print coupons.  I have the software (not the toolbars) downloaded on my home computer and have had no problems with them over the last few years. 

SIDE NOTE:  If you are going to print coupons on-line, please consider using the links on my blog.  They are located on the right hand side and on the tab labeled “The Masters.”  Every time I get a few cents for being the blogger who sends you to their site.  I use all the money to keep this blog running!

4- Utlilize Social Networking- Facebook is a powerful source for coupons and sale information.  If you don’t have (or want) a facebook page, consider creating a profile just for couponing.  “Like” your favorite bloggers and then check in periodically to roll in the savings!

By observing these simple steps, you can make your computer a money saving tool!

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