Strategic Spending Thanks to Email Spam

I have been utilizing strategic spending lately to purchase a lot of items that were on my wish list this year, all thanks to spammy emails. I thought I’d share how those were accomplished.

Cuisinart Bread Maker, purchased for $50

Cuisinart Bread Maker, purchased for $50

Ever since I bought a bread machine at a charity shop, I’ve wanted to bake my own bread. Even though the machine I purchased was new, it died after three uses. Since then, I had been eyeing a bread maker from Cuisinart. I never pulled the trigger because they are $100+. Luckily I received an email from a deal a day site that had it at $50. A lot of those are refurbished items but this was brand new. Although it is spendy, I think it is worth it for all the uses we will get out of it.

I never can shop at Gilt because it is difficult for me to justify spending so much on clothes, etc. I had made a purchase once, buying a half of gift cards to It was timely since I was moving and organizing supplies are always needed. I used that gift card to buy items that I needed that were on clearance, getting the most bang for the buck. Last week I received an email from the site. Normally I am quick to delete these emails but I noticed it said something about 50% off. The email had a promo code that could be applied to any items. I found a dress and a sweater I normally could not justify purchasing but at now discounted prices of $25 and $15, they were more than affordable. I needed a holiday dress and more sweaters for work so it was very timely.

Last week I also received an email coupon from Sephora for $15 off $50. I have wanted to try the Living Proof Restore Mask especially as I continue to grow my hair which means increased likelihoods of damage, I had a difficult time coughing up $48.  It probably help that this email coupon arrived just a day after I finally got a haircut because the damage was so out of control and looking unprofessional.  Armed with a $31.xx in store credit, I purchased the mask and a  filler for $7.xx.

Lastly, I also received an email from StyleMint about a 50% off sale on cashmere sweaters. I have recently realized that some of my thicker winter sweaters are somewhat unprofessional due to the big visible logo. I had also just read Mochimac’s post on purchasing cashmere sweaters and I was stuck on her description of 40 puppies snuggled up against your skin.  So I logged on to check out the v neck cashmere sweater and put it in the shopping cart without necessarily plans of purchasing it (I don’t know why, but I put a lot of things in the shopping cart just to see how much it would be at the end with no intentions of making the purchase). I found that somehow I had 2 credits and 1 credit was automatically applied, which took $29.99 off the $89.99 at 50% off, at a total of $14.99! When can you get a 100% cashmere sweater brand new for such a low price?

In all, I have spent $111.99 on items valued at $279.99, at 60% savings! Although I hate receiving spammy emails and usually hit “Delete” without a second thought, taking a closer look at these have resulted in a large saving. If you are generally on the market for specific items, I recommend you look at the emails from retailers more closely — you never know what you will find useful. 🙂



7 responses to “Strategic Spending Thanks to Email Spam

  1. Cashmere is amazing if you get the right quality. It should NOT feel itchy, but it can be hard to find that kind of quality these days. I just know it can’t be less than $80 at retail, at a minimum.

    Thanks for the link back 🙂 ENJOY!!!

  2. I do check out those e-mails but delete most of them. I have really gotten into using coupons for clothes and other miscellaneous things. Using them for groceries is a lot of work but its easier to use them for clothes or other shopping online expenditures.

  3. I agree with you that it is easier to use on non-grocery items, especially because the amount is always larger ($15 off $50, 50% off all purchases, etc). I used to grocery coupon heavily but have stopped, largely because I stopped using binders, which makes it more difficult to really key in on the clearance items. Do you have any other tips on saving money you can share with us?

  4. Thanks for stopping by! I just loved that description! Who wouldn’t want to have 40 puppies cuddled up on you at all times? 🙂

  5. Haha, that’s pretty funny actually…my spam is a lot of online prescription drugs, you get the good stuff it seems!

  6. Yeah I was surprised that I actually found some good stuff. You never know, there might be a diamond in the spammy rough in your email account. 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Nice!!!! Love buying stuff at a discounted price!!! It feels so good!!!!! I need to use my spam email for good too!

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