I bought a Christmas shirt for my son at The Children’s Place on Friday for $1.99. And I owe it to Google Calendar. I’ve mentioned before that I love to buy my kids’ clothing at The Children’s Place. In September I bought $75 worth of school clothes on clearance, used my rewards card, and got a $10 coupon in the mail for use before November 30.
It was a great deal. The clothes I bought were an average of $4 a piece. I completely outfitted my son for the fall. And I got a $10 off any in store purchase to boot. Not bad.
But there was a problem. When I received the coupon at the end of September, I didn’t need anything from The Children’s Place. In the past, before I was so concerned about saving money, I would have filed the coupon away, with every intention of using it. But I probably would have forgotten.
Knowing myself as well as I do, I decided to enter the coupon expiration date on my Google Calendar. Sure enough, I completely forgot about the coupon. But Friday morning when I got my daily Google agenda in my email, one item said, “Use TCP Coupon”. I dug out the coupon, and sure enough, it expired that day.
So I drove down to the mall and found the cutest blue and green plaid shirt in my son’s size for $11.99 on clearance. After the coupon, I spent $1.99. And here I thought Sam would just wear one of his regular school/church shirts for Christmas. The shirt isn’t too Christmas-y, so he will be able to wear it beyond Christmas too.
After my success at The Children’s Place, I went home and cleaned out my coupon file. I go through my grocery coupons once a week, so I don’t worry about missing those coupons. It’s the irregular coupons, which are usually much higher in value that I tend to forget about.
So now I have a $10 off $40 Office Depot coupon and a great coupon for portraits at Sears entered on my Google Calendar. When the coupons are almost ready to expire, I will get a notice in my email box. And if I need something from Office Depot, I know that will be the time to buy. If not, I’ll pass. But at least I’ll have the opportunity to decide. It’s much better than looking through my coupon file the week after I buy something at Office Depot to find a great coupon that expired the week before.
Google Calendar isn’t just for keeping track of schedules anymore. You can use it to save money too!
Do you have any good ideas for organizing and keeping track of your coupons? I’d love to hear them!
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