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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Dima Volovik

EVP of Product and Engineering

Dima Volovik is the EVP of Product and Engineering at Trax Retail — Shopkick.

Dima Volovik is the accomplished product and engineering leader who led teams to deliver innovative and commercially successful e-commerce products, marketplaces, and enterprise solutions for Amazon, Comcast, Fandango, and Universal Music. Before joining Trax, Dima was the Director at Amazon, where he led product development and Engineering for Amazon Appstore and Amazon Prime Video, CTO at Fandango, and Paciolan, head of technology at Golf Channel/Golf Now, and Global VP of Direct to Consumer Technology at Universal Music Group. Dima’s expertise includes developing consumer products, marketplaces, and enterprise solutions.

Dima grew up in Baku, Azerbaijan, where he received his MS in Electrical Engineering from Azerbaijan Oil Academy, and he currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with his family.