A Simple Email Trick That Could Save You Hundreds
Always looking for a deal, I subscribe to email campaigns of the stores and shops I frequent. The emails are cleverly crafted to hook you with discounts and new seasonal fashions. The problem with getting a deluge of these in your inbox is twofold.
One, these campaigns inundate your inbox with a lot of useless junk mail that takes time to sort through.
Two, these emails take you out of control and add to the “noise” in your already busy life by bombarding you with messaging you don’t desire. Thank you JCPenney’s, but I think I’ll be better without knowing the latest trends in Women’s Fall Fashions.
Instead of being the decision maker, you’re subject to their sales schedule and can often be persuaded to buy things you don’t need, when you don’t need them.
I figured out a simple way to flip the script. I still wanted to receive these promotional emails, but I didn’t want to sort through them in my inbox and risk being tempted into a buying decision.
I simply setup an email rule using the offending stores names as a filter. Anything with names like, “Best Buy, Kohl’s, Macy’s, or Old Navy” are automatically filed into a folder called “Big Box” in my Inbox’s folder list. (You can even filter these down to individual folders if you desire, but I prefer a catch-all.)
There’s no apparent notification to my main Inbox that a new email has arrived. If I am looking for a deal, I can simply pull up this folder to see if there is a coupon or sale that pertains to my proposed purchase. I am now in control rather than being swayed by a carefully crafted marketing message and sales schedule.
Setting Up An Email Filter
Tricks of the Trade
So, I want to know… What systems have you put in place to control your spending or to prevent yourself from making undesirable decisions?