I wrote a guest post on Consumerism Commentary titled “How to Spend Smarter this Holiday Season.” One of the ideas I mentioned was creating a “sale mail” email account. I got a ton of responses about the idea so I wanted to share it with you. I have been using a separate folder in my personal gmail account, but thought I should follow my own advice.
In 3 easy steps you can have a sale email account. The benefits to this are:
- all your sale info is in one spot, it’s easy to find
- you can keep yourself from purchasing impulse buys when you get your emails by creating a passive barrier
- you never miss a sale email
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1. Sign up for a new email account.
Signing up for an account is easy, you just need to choose a name, password, security question, and link it to another email account in case you forget your username or password.
I chose kellysalemail which was open.
2. Set up filters.
I like gmail since they make it easy to set up new accounts, delete bulk emails, and use filters. I personally don’t use the filters a ton, but you could set up one for each category: Home, Kids, Women’s, Men’s, etc. Or you could use one filter or tag for each place you shop: Pottery Barn, Rue La La, Nordstom’s, etc.
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3. Get emails!
After your account is set up you can go to your favorite sites, and add the new email address. I went to my new favorite sale sites like Gilt, Rue La La* (click on the link for a $10 credit!), and HauteLook and changed my email. I also signed up for emails from my favorite stores.
Over the next month whenever I get a sale email they go into a folder in my personal account, and I can click on the links at the bottom of the newsletters or sale emails and change my email in the preferences on the site. I have had 2 sites already have no option to change my email address (or at least it wasn’t obvious) so I just deleted my account, and then signed up with my new email address.
For now my inbox is empty, but as it starts to fill up I may start putting other filters or labels on emails. Typically I would check it once a week (like I do with my folder in my personal account) and delete old emails with one swipe. Just choose them all and delete, since many of the offers will have expired.
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Hopefully this tip will keep more money in your pocket by decreasing impulse buys, and letting you look for relevant discounts and sales.
Do you have a sale mail account? Will you set one up?
* If you click on the link for Rue La La, I get a $10 credit, and so do you! 🙂