Written by: Jon Lal, CEO of BeFrugal.com

Did you know September is National Coupon Month? While traditional coupon clipping is effective, it can be tedious and sometimes inconvenient. The great news is, there are so many ways to save money when you shop, some that you may not even be aware of. If you want to shop more and spend less, check out these tips.

Online Shopping Subscriptions

You may be reluctant to give out your email out of fear of filling your inbox with things you don’t need. However, giving one of your favorite shopping sites your email will open you up to a brand new world of savings that you would not be aware of otherwise. When you subscribe to a site, you will always be on top of the latest deals. Soon, your inbox will be filled with giveaway opportunities, exclusive coupon codes, and notifications of upcoming sales. Some will even offer you a discount on your next purchase just for signing up!

Stack up coupons with cash back deals

If you haven’t signed up for cash back, you are definitely missing out. Cash back works by giving you back a percentage of the money you spend when shopping online. When you combine cash back with coupon codes, you save even more on your online purchases. BeFrugal offers both online coupons and higher cash back rates than any other site.

Here’s how you do it:

1. Sign up for free – all you need is your email address.

2. Search for a store and find their cash back rate and what coupons they offer. Right now, you can get 3% back at Nordstrom Rack, 7% at Saks Fifth Avenue, 3% at Kate Spade, and 9% at PUMA. Those are only a few of over 5,000 stores that offer great cash back rates. You can combine the cash back you earn with any savings you get from a coupon.

3. Click “Shop Now” and a new window will open so you can shop at the online store as you normally would.

4. After you complete your purchase, check your BeFrugal account for cash back. You can request payment via check, PayPal or gift card. Credit Card Points

You can earn discounts on future purchases when you spend with your credit card. Many cards offer special rewards and cash back on things like airfare and hotels. You can even earn rewards towards beauty products. ULTA Beauty has a partnership with Master Card that gives you points for every dollar you spend on their products. Just make sure to keep an eye on your interest rates and pay off your bill in full each month if possible. No credit card? No problem. Check out this list of stores that offer rewards for frequent customers without any commitments.

Add these tips to your usual shopping routine and you are guaranteed to save money on even the priciest items.

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