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Pottery Barn Misses Me (And So Does Ebags)

I am on the email lists for many retailers, more than I care to name.  This seems counter-intuitive for someone who wants to stay frugal.  I usually have a will of iron when it comes to marketing solicitations and rarely open the email…but of course, sometimes the subject line is so compelling that I MUST open it.   I am usually able to stop myself from buying just because of a sale (although sometimes I do put random items in the shopping cart and go through two-thirds of the check-out process)!

Why do I stay on these lists and let 10 emails per day clutter up my inbox? Because genuine deals do exist on products I plan to buy anyway.   Plus, I found that many retailers give great deals to past inactive customers.  Here’s a sampling:

1 ) McAfee gave me 75% off a one-year subscription to their anti-virus software. I found an additional discount code that reduced it to $5.  We had switched to Norton Anti-virus and this was their “please come back” offer.

2 ) Pottery Barn also misses me, or rather my business.  I haven’t bought from them in years but they have sent me 2 – 3 “please come back” emails. The savings were only 10% though.

3 ) Ebags is begging me to return, with a $25 off coupon code. It has to be on a $75 purchase so I think I’ll pass.

4 ) A few years ago, my employer paid for a training class.  I agreed to be on their email list and have received discount offers of 10 to 40 % off.  Using a 40% off coupon code for several employees, we were able to save hundreds.

Loyalty also has its rewards.  I’ve gotten good coupons for signing up at Bliss and Calypso St. Barth. I also get good coupon offers from Rubios and Fresh N’ Easy, to name a few retailers.

1 )  By paying attention to Avon‘s marketing emails, I usually save 50% on a  favorite skincare product. And I always find a code for free shipping.

2 ) Amazon occasionally sends me coupon codes for our favorite Italian coffee, saving us an additional 15%.

Do you remove yourself from marketing email lists?  Is the temptation just not worth it?