I love easy savings. Since I discovered Snap Appy that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. Take pictures of Old Navy logos (I just do a google image search) and win prizes. Most of them are pretty dumb. Matching and sliding games. Fake fashion history facts. But sometimes your prize will be a deal. And those make it totally worth it. So far I’ve gotten $15 off when you spend $75, $5 off when you spend $25, and $5 off period, no spending minimum. I haven’t even been using the app for more than a week.
Only Use These Deals if One of These Conditions is Met
There’s a reason Old Navy launched something like this. If you score a deal, they get you in their shop and spending money. Suddenly, you’re spending $50 on a sweater you never would have known existed otherwise, and all because you’re getting $5 off.
Don’t do that. It’s not frugal. Instead make the app and savings work for you. Only use your deals if one of these two conditions is met:
1. You were going to spend the money anyways. If you were planning on doing a seasonal wardrobe update, you were going to spend the money anyways. If you needed a new coat, you were going to spend the money anyways. You were going to spend $75, but now you have $15 off. That’s kind of amazing.
2. You don’t spend more than the coupon entitles you to. I kind of got suckered into this a bit. I bought $7 worth of merchandise with my $5 coupon. I should have stayed under $5, even if that meant only spending $4. Because now Old Navy has two of my hard-earned dollars that they wouldn’t have otherwise had. It’s really not that big of a deal in the grand scope of things, but I’m still disappointed in myself based on principal.
To maximize how much you can get for $5, check out the clearance rack. There’s some amazing stuff in there marked way, way down simply because it’s so last season. If you’re anything like me, you don’t notice/don’t care. (I’m talking one season old, not vintage leg warmers from your mom’s closet. I don’t care if they’re coming back; I’ll always think the 80s were bad for fashion.)