Five Shopping Hacks Everyone Should Know

Saving money doesn’t have to be a challenge. Couponing and dodging expensive price tags may sound like an Olympic sport when in reality, it’s just a simple game of staying up to date. Studying the best times to buy something and following little tips and tricks can go a long way. We’ve compiled the best ways to save money, especially as the fall, winter, and gift-giving seasons creep upon us.

1. Shopkick

Hey, we’re Shopkick! Nice to meet you. Shopkick is a shopping rewards app that allows you to earn free gift cards by simply scanning items, receipts, or walking into places you shop. What better way to shop for friends and family during the holiday season than with free gift cards? Also, just because you’re here, we’ll let you in on a little secret–if you download the app now and use code KICKIT, you’ll get your first $5 gift card for free!

2. Shop early for the things you know you’ll need later

Say you need a dress for a wedding, and the event is in October, one of the busiest times of year for weddings. Not only will the prices have gone up, but you may also be out of luck in finding one you can comfortably afford. Avoid this scenario by shopping in advance!

3. Know your discounts

You’d be surprised to know how many discounts are out there. Keep your eyes peeled for college, senior, teacher, fitness instructor, or other discount programs that may apply to you!

4. Take advantage of a reward program

Most stores have their own reward systems and we always recommend looking into them! It’s as simple as giving a number or email to collect – go ahead and give it a try. It doesn’t take as long as you would think to start earning rewards for your subsequent purchases.

5. Keep your coupons in one place

This seems impossible, we know, but good organization is key. Whether it’s in an app for mobile coupons or a physical folder you keep on hand for printed deals, having an organization system will help you stay on track. Imagine how much money you could have saved if you hadn’t lost all those coupons!

The above are just a few essential pointers on how to save. And by using Shopkick along with these tips and tricks, we promise that extra cash will find its way into your pocket. The world is your oyster. Or, should we say, the world is your shopping mall?

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Apu Battan

Head of User Growth

Apu Battan is the Head of User Growth at Shopkick.

Apu is first and foremost an analytics leader, with close to 15 years of experience in helping to make decisions through the objective lens of data. Apu has always been a strong advocate for Shopkick’s most valuable customer — the user. He is passionate about acquiring the right users for our business, delighting them with the best product experience, and growing them into loyal, high-value users in the long term. Prior to Shopkick, Apu served as an Analytics Leader at Intuit for close to six years, and at Netflix, Electronic Arts, and Microsoft before that. 

Apu holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science,  and a master’s degree in integrated manufacturing and systems engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh.