The SmartyPig Blog

Black Friday: The Thrill of the Hunt

Many consumers enjoy the lines, crowds and bargain hunting that accompany Black Friday. They aren’t shopping to get it over and done with; they’re shopping for the thrill of getting a great deal. And two of the world’s largest retailers on and offline, Amazon and Wal-Mart are guaranteeing to get you that deal, stating they’ll price match any competitor this holiday season – even each other.

At SmartyPig, we take deals like these even further.

Not only will give you a great deal, SmartyPig can get you cash back at Amazon, TOO, making the great deal an even better one. And that cash back, as this SmartyPig customer will attest, can go a long way. Using your savings goal and an Amazon e-code to quickly get what you want without the pain of credit card debt at SmartyPig gets you the best deal possible online and quite possibly a gift for yourself, as well!

Wishing you successful saving and holiday shopping!

Sarah Foss, SmartyPig’s Media Mad Woman

Gas Savings on the Horizon

la-fi-gasoline-prices-santa-monica-jpg-20150303Gas prices are going down. Or so they say, and that “down” rings to the tune of $1.50.  This decrease is .75 cents cheaper than they were this time last year – that means, you could be saving $50 to $100 per month in gas alone. Or $100 to $200 for a dual-driving family. Savings like that really add up. You could easily be saving for holiday gifts, and back to school saving, too. Or even a spring break road-trip. At SmartyPig, we encourage you to use these new found funds and start a SmartyPig goal to save for something you need or want. Make 2016 your best year yet, and enjoy it a little too, by saving with SmartyPig!

Wishing you successful saving.

Sarah Foss, SmartyPig’s Media Mad Woman

Making Your List, Checking it Twice

imagesAnd by list, I mean budget. And by budget, I mean a firm set of spending guidelines for gifting the loved ones in your life. This time of year it’s easy to go overboard on decor, gifts and celebrations. Experts estimate holiday spending to again rise this year, and as American’s feel more comfortable in their jobs and salaries, they are rewarding themselves and others with the most joyous holiday season yet.

So, how to keep it all in check? Start with a list of gift recipients and a dollar amount for each person. Outlining an gift idea or two for each person is a good idea too – we all know shopping can go astray when you have no idea what to buy someone. Next, keep track of your spending as you go. Use coupons, shop sales and don’t spend your entire allocation if you don’t have to. These simple tips could have you gifting everyone you love AND seeing a debt free January!

Wishing you successful saving.

Sarah Foss, SmartyPig’s Media Mad Woman,

What Are You Saving For?

We may be a tad partial, but we believe we have some of the best savers in the world. SmartyPig savers have goals ranging from the ever-practical, emergency and rainy day fund to the more exciting, exotic vacation or new baby goal. Ever wondered what some of your saving peers are up to?

“I’m saving for a trip to Vegas for my husband’s 40th birthday in April. Can’t wait to paint The Strip red! Thanks Smarty Pig!” Michelle S.

“A cross-country move!” Amy R.

“I quit smoking so every other day I transfer $6 into the smartypig savings account via the Android app.” Adia S.

“Mom’s 70th birthday in Hawaii!!” JoAnn H.

“I’m saving money to help buy goods to send 40 care packages to Sailors deployed in Iraq. I wish I could afford to do this with my own money, but I’m a college student with limited funds. I’m glad I have Smartypig to help me!” Jenn H.

“We use SmartyPig for all reoccurring bills. Preschool every three months. House taxes, car taxes, car insurance, etc.” David W.

“Christmas w/o Credit Cards!” @SPartiesbySutz

“A friend’s wedding in England in April, Antigua/Jamaica next year, and World Cup 2014!!” @Melly2508

Are those some great goals or what? Want to share yours? Please do on our Facebook page or with us on Twitter. We can’t wait to hear them!

Wishing you successful saving.

Sarah Foss, SmartyPig’s Media Mad Woman

How Are You Using Your SmartyPig?

We asked users how they use SmartyPig to help save for the holidays. This is what we heard…

We decided on a budget last January and divided it up by how many paydays from then til Novemberish, now we have a chunk of change waiting to go shopping with. – Benedict

I did the same as Benedict…plus had a separate goal for the holiday tips in the building. – Sue

It helps me separate my savings for the holidays entirely. I then cash out to give cards – mostly to Amazon. – Chris

I start saving in January. I only contribute a small amount each month and I have a ton to spend in December. It’s awesome.

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