So one way to make a little cash and cut those fees of your favorite store is to work for them. Like the saying goes if you can't beat'em,join'em.
Say you are spending $50 month at your local gym, why not get a job working part-time there. Not only will you get the free membership but you will pick up some extra cash on top of it. Another great example is clothing stores. Feel guilty spending $30 on a t-shirt at Express? Why don't you apply for a job and work there every Wednesday night. So you will get there discount and cut down on your clothing costs. I really believe this could work for almost every favorite store you have. I mean I work for Rosetta Stone, I get to study the language for free and make money at the same time.
Now I do throw a caution flag out there for you shopaholics. This could be bad news, instead of using the money to get a discount you are spending the families grocery money to buy a new pair of jeans because you get 30% off.
1) Don't work there if you have to buy a bunch of outfits first (Abercrombie and Fitch). This puts you in the whole and you might just hate working there and quit.
2) Don't buy just because you get a discount. Save money, don't spend it.
3) Pick something that you use often or is convenient. Working at grocery store if you get a 20% discount makes a lot of sense.
4) Make sure you get a discount. Working at the Home Depot you get the same discount as customer abc, which sucks avejas( I think that's goats)