Have you ever missed a deal because you were notified about it too late? Maybe the perfect car you’ve been searching for on Craigslist came and went before you had time to act. Or maybe you just keep missing out on free donuts at work. In any case, there is a simple trick that will give you a leg up on the competition.
Getting notified of a deal before everyone else is like getting a head-start in a race.
From free food at work to ultra-cheap flights to a great price on a used car, I find that the best deals are usually gone in a matter of hours, if not minutes. Unless you are glued to your email—which kills productivity—it is easy to miss out.
Fortunately, it’s possible to know about the best deals without watching your email like a hawk. The trick is to set things up so that whenever a deal is sent to you via email, you receive a text message alerting you to the deal.
I have used this trick successfully in many scenarios, and I probably receive two such texts per day with deals I want to know about. As I type this very paragraph, in fact, I was just alerted by text to a deal for $75 round trip flights from my home airport in Denver to New York. If I wanted, I could take advantage of that deal before most anyone else was even aware of its existence.
The four steps to being the first to know about a deal are: (more…)
Do you want to travel cheaply without any credit card or mile and point shenanigans? If so, you should check out this great new site: All the Flight Deals. It has consistently provided me with fantastic fares including many from my home airport to Europe for under $450 round-trip.
All the Flight Deals notifies you of the cheapest fares from whatever airport(s) you want to monitor to anywhere in the world. In doing so, it differs in important ways from all the other airfare sites I’m aware of. Consider these differences: (more…)
Would you like to save really big on most purchases you make? I just saved $547 in 26 minutes using techniques that can be applied to many purchases. In this post, I will show you how to utilize these techniques to reap extreme savings.
But first, a warning: this post will probably make your head spin. Now I may be new to blogging, but I’m pretty sure you are not supposed to write posts that make your readers’ heads spin. And if you do, surely you’re not supposed to tell them that that’s what you’ve done.
But here’s the thing. If you want a really great deal, sometimes you have to combine multiple opportunities. And when you do, it gets a little crazy. (more…)
Everyone loves a good deal. Most involve saving money. Some involve earning it. In either case, the financial component is just one side of a deal. The other, often overlooked, side of a deal is the amount of time it requires of you to take advantage of it.
Without having a sense of the monetary value of your time, efforts to save money are often misguided or even counter-productive.