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How To Get Automatic Amazon Price Drop Notifications

​Sometimes in our household, we take being cheap, a-hem, I mean frugal too far. For instance, we were using a +10 year old internet router that was on it's last leg. I'll never forget one morning when my husband was sitting in his chair, and with a big sigh said, "I think our router is on the fritz, I better order a new one from before it goes out this week."

Randomly, he looks on the computer and was having a 10 minute flash sale for the EXACT router he wanted. $50 off from the original price! Pure luck he looked at the right moment to get in on a great deal of the router being the lowest price it's ever been at. (I wish his luck also applied with lottery tickets).

But, this got me thinking, "Why on earth haven't we been utilizing tools to give us automatic Amazon price drop notifications?!" I think so much of our time is spent researching the best products or prices. Then when we make the decision to buy, we go with what is currently out there the moment we finally make our decision.

However with minimal planning & effort, we could position ourselves for better deals. Today I'm going to break down ​three free options and tools you have at your own disposal for getting the best amazon price drop notifications. ​

What are you waiting for? Find out what they are right now!

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Throwback Money Tracker: Cash Envelope System

Aww, the good ol’ fashioned days of a cash envelope system. My first paychecks started rolling in at about age 12. Hello babysitting money. I didn’t do much of anything with the money besides putting it in a savings account in the bank.

My parents emphasized savings. A lot. They paid for all of my basic childhood needs. School clothes, endless shoes and equipment for sports, haircuts, etc. But something happened at about age 15 when I started receiving full-time employment paychecks around my Freshman year of high school. Anything I purchased, I wanted it to be MINE. Not something someone else bought me and I may have to share with my sister.

The year was 1999 and minimum wage was $5.15. The first full-time paycheck I received was a little over $200. My eyes lit up like a kid on Christmas. There were THREE digits in this paycheck. What’s the first thing I did? Of course, drive to the bank and cashed it out. What’s the next thing I did? Drive to Walmart and purchase a 5 CD disk changer.

My life was complete. I could play CDs in my room for hours on end without changing the CD every 12 songs. Oh, and it came with a remote. Did my parent’s critique my purchase? I think they simply said, “Nice. I know you’ve been wanting one for a long time. Just make sure you save enough to pay for your own taxes at the end of the year, your student loans and enough to live off of when you graduate high school.”

Wait. What? Taxes? And I have to pay for my own crap at college? OK. Adulthood sucks. The first paycheck splurge was over. I dug through our house to find ugly mailing envelopes and markers. It was time to get organized and disciplined about savings.

Are you ready to do the same?

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