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Unsubscribed: So Long Bargain Blogs

I recently cleaned out my inbox. I unsubscribed from just about every newsletter I receive and removed myself from a ton of unwanted junk that seems to wander across my path each day. I also unsubscribed from a huge number of RSS feeds to bargain blogs.

A lot of these blogs post multiple times throughout the day and my RSS reader quickly fills up with images of deeply discounted toys, clothing and other household items. While it’s great to get a bargain, it’s certainly not a bargain if you spend money on stuff you don’t need. After feeling tempted to buy things one too many times I decided to give the majority of those blogs the old heave-ho. (I did the same thing with magazines and catalogs a long time ago.)

It felt good to give them the boot. A lot of these blogs make their money from referral links to Amazon and other affiliate companies. Every time I take advantage of a bargain I’m dropping anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars in their pocket.  There’s nothing wrong with this model. In fact, I belong to an affiliate company and make money whenever readers print coupons from my blog. From time to time I’ve also included affiliate links in posts, though this is a pretty rare occurrence.

I just think it’s important to remember that many bloggers do make money from listing these bargains and that the real way to save money is not to spend it. For me, it seemed easier to remove the RSS feeds from my reader then to continue the daily bombardment of items that were deeply discounted but ultimately not needed.

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Sunday 3rd of March 2013

[...] Frugal Girl tells us why she Unsubscribed: So Long Bargain Blogs. I understand where she’s coming from, a bargain is no bargain if the item you buy [...]

JoeTaxpayer

Saturday 2nd of March 2013

The bargain sites are a risky game. As you said, stuff you didn't need is no bargain at any price. Our rules for Groupon - it has to be a restaurant we've either been to or already said we wanted to try. And it needs to be within 10 miles of home. Last deal was $20 for $40 worh of food. When the bill came, it was a balance of $15 including tax and tip, so $20 off a $55 bill. Not bad for a restaurant meal, as long as we use these to save, and not to just eat out more.

One Frugal Girl

Monday 4th of March 2013

I like the idea of setting up rules for bargain sites. They can definitely save you money if you use them for places you would dine anyway.

april

Thursday 28th of February 2013

I did the same thing recently.

Tina @ My Shiny Pennies

Thursday 28th of February 2013

I've unsubscribed from Groupon e-mails and other similar sites to remove the temptation. Having a less cluttered inbox has been an added bonus. Also, when I get an email alert now, there's increased odds that it's from a friend rather than someone trying to sell me something!

One Frugal Girl

Monday 4th of March 2013

I feel the same way. Most of the emails I receive now are from people I actually know :)

Newlyweds ona Budget

Thursday 28th of February 2013

I also removed a lot of those bargain sites because I kept finding a "bargain" that was too good to pass up and I ended up spending money I wouldn't have otherwise.

One Frugal Girl

Monday 4th of March 2013

Doesn't it feel good to keep your money in your pocket and your inbox empty?