Savings

I would be a poor host of a site pertaining to maximizing budgets if I didn't make a point to shares tips and tricks to saving money. Coupons and sales are great, but they are good only in an intermittent sense for anything that would be used for game crafting. Plus, I haven't really noticed big sales on more than a few types of products; paints & brushes. Bottom line brick and mortar stores tend to run a bit short on the very individually specific items that are needed for our crafts and any incentives to shop there.​

  Amazon

 

This one is in many ways a no-brainer for me to say, but Amazon simply crushes brick and mortar stores in product variety and price most of the time. There are a few tricks to maximize your savings through this site above and beyond the deals that are offered; checking other sellers of a product on Amazon and Amazon's Warehouse Deals.

 

Each product on Amazon's site is often sold by several vendors, each with their own price/shipping rates. There can be serious competition for each seller to have their listing featured on the Buy Box page, the product's initial landing page, and thus generate the most sales. This is great for them, but not always helpful for us as the seller listed on the product page does not always offer the best price. "Why in the world would the best price not be featured?" you ask. There are many factors and reasons, but suffice to say that behind the scene maneuvering would sum it up best. The important thing to know from this is simply that there is a "Other Sellers on Amazon" list on the page (bottom right) and that it's worth double checking the prices on it. This is especially true as Warehouse Deals are normally found there.

 

Amazon Warehouse is the nook of Amazon's site that contains returns & defects. This is a good thing! If something has damaged packaging but never opened it goes to the Warehouse. There's always an inspection of the item and an explanation of what each condition status means in their Condition Guidelines. Nothing is ever listed "New" since retail policy holds that if a customer buys something and returns it, then it's no longer technically new, even if it's in mint original packaging. It's "Used - Like New" in that case. Case and point; I bought a 50 pack of color laser transparencies for 35% off because the box and just 3 of the transparencies had minor damage. I could not justify to myself paying an extra $10 for 100% to be perfect as opposed to 94%.​

I personally don't always think of looking through the Other Seller's list, especially if I'm in a hurry. Fortunately, there are services like Honey to help catch deals and steals. There are wikibuy and others as well, but personally, I've found Honey to work the best on Amazon. It works in 4 ways; initial notification, price comparison, price history, and droplist.

1. Initial Notification - It visibly shows you if there is a better price than the one displayed, and by how much.​

2. Price Comparison - Clicking on the orange Save button will pull up a window to inform you of how the savings are broken down.  Sometimes it's simply a matter of tax & shipping differences. In this case, it's the higher price of the item + tax. The tradeoff in this example is that the higher price is eligible for Prime shipping and the other one would arrive 2 weeks later.

3. Price History - Clicking the "View price history" will show you up to the last 120 days. to see if there's a trend or if the current price is a spike/plummet. 

4. Droplist - On the initial product page you can hit the white box with the orange "h" to give you the option of adding it to a droplist.

On other websites in which you can apply coupons (even pizza places), it'll search its database for all current coupons and auto-apply them with a click. They don't always work (depending on what you're buying) but it only takes a few seconds on the off chance that it has one for your purchase. Honey is available on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, and Edge and best of all, it's completely free.

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  Honey

  Wikibuy

Also like Honey, on other websites for which you can apply coupons, it'll search its database for all current coupons and auto-apply them with a click. They don't always work (depending on what you're buying) but it only takes a few seconds on the off chance that it has one for your purchase. Wikibuy is available on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge and best of all, it's completely free.

 

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4. Droplist - On the initial product page you can hit the white box with the orange "h" to give you the option of adding it to a droplist.

3. Price History - Clicking the "View price history" will show you up to the last 365 days. to see if there's a trend or if the current price is a spike/plummet. You can also see alternative products, YouTube review links, and related products.

2. Price Comparison - Clicking on the green "W." button will pull up a window to inform you of how the savings are broken down.  Sometimes it's simply a matter of tax & shipping differences. In this case, it's the higher price of the item + a higher tax. In addition, the item would arrive later through Amazon

1. Initial Notification - It visibly shows you if there is a better price than the one displayed, and by how much.​

Wikibuy is like Honey, except instead of searching through all the Amazon sellers, it searches other websites to see if there is a better deal elsewhere. Just make sure you add the extension to your browser in addition to doing the signup form.

  Swagbucks

This one won't be for everyone by any means as there is a major investment of time involved. Swagbucks is an online survey site that you can redeem its points for gift cards, including Amazon. This particular site has bonus points if you meet daily/weekly/monthly milestones as well. Yes, you would have to spend a lot of time going through mindless surveys (not going to lie, most are pretty dry) and often getting kicked out of survey's for "not meeting the requirements," but I listed this because 15-30 minutes at a time (or day) of downtime is really all it takes to build your points and get those gift cards. I can honestly say that I bought most of my crafting supplies using gift cards earned entirely through this site.

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