Best Way to Get Coupons and Deals by EMail

by firstweekly

The success of the coupons and group buying deals email company, Groupon, at least guaged by its purported market valuation, has inevitably lead to numerous copycats.

Simultaneously, “bulk emailers” . . cough . . have caught on to the popularity of coupons by email, so I’m now finding a growing number of “local deals, local coupons” offers, ones that I never signed up to receive, in my email inbox.

I’m no exception when it comes to a good deal. I like them. I use coupons. However, there’s a form of math to couponing that goes something like this: I value my time. Time in my life, such as time with my children, is priceless. I can also place a value on my time, an hourly rate, when work is involved. Applying this thinking to couponing I do my best to be certain that the time invested in “finding savings” is far exceeded by the value of the savings.

Whether my time is worth $15/hour or $150/hour it only makes sense to “go about couponing” if the net gain exceeds the value of my time . . and then some.

So how do I apply this economic analysis and strategy to dealing with coupons and deals via email?

Simple. To cut down on the time spent sorting between coupons I likely value or that I “ask for” I set up a separate email account “to receive what I want”.

Any coupons that I “sign up for” are directed to that specific email account.

IF I find I’m getting coupons that I didn’t ask for then I can infer that one of the coupon delivery companies that made a few pennies/pence by selling my email and personal info to “an affiliated” company. I can then begin to narrow down who wants to waste my time and who honor my privacy concerns by looking for details that may reveal “who dunnit”. Once I make that determination I can simply open a new email account, for the coupon providers that I want to keep doing business with, and allow the other account to drift off into space – accepting coupons by email that I will never bother to open.


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