If you use services like Groupon or LivingSocial to find deals in your neighbourhood, you might have a backlog of unused coupons piling up you're forgetting about, but there are ways to better manage your inbox to keep track of them.
A study recently revealed that nearly 30 per cent of all Groupon deals are never redeemed, which means you're wasting your money by forgetting about them. It doesn't have to be that way though, a few tricks, tweaks and web apps makes it harder for the deals to get lost in the shuffle.
Aggregate The Deal Sites All In One Place
To start, you can aggregate your deals into one site so you can quickly search for deals without pouring over all the emails. There are a lot of different sites that do this, but Yipit seems to have the most sources right now. Yipit has a clean and intuitive interface and lets you search by specific categories, making your shopping experience as simple as possible. You will need to be careful with your spending with all the deals in your face at once. Remember our guide to the stupid things you do when you're shopping to keep you from making silly purchases.
Once you get those deals, tracking them is a bit more complicated. You have a few different options to handle them.
Track, Manage And Setup Reminders For Your Deals
Slice: If you prefer something a little simpler, the previously featured Slice also has social deal site integration. This is more automated, instead of entering in your account information, it combs your email address for purchases you've made.
Gmail Filters: If you'd prefer not to go through an outside site, you can always set up Gmail filters to capture the deals and allocate them into one, easy-to-find folder. First, click the "Create a filter" link near the top of the page. If you want to apply a filter to many sender, in the "From" field, type, with parenthesis, (groupon.com OR livingsocial.com OR etc). You can adjust any other factors you like from there, but this will help keep you inbox clean and organised.
Specific-Site Apps: Most of the deal sites have their own apps and they'll send you a notification if your deal is about to expire. It's not especially useful if you're using multiple services, but if you're only using one or two, it's a great reminder that requires little effort on your part.
Do you find yourself inundated with so many deals you forget to use them? What services or tricks do you use?