March 28, 2024

8 ways being a disloyal customer will save you money

You’d be surprised how much money you can save over the course of a year by being a disloyal customer. Keep reading to find out why.

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8 ways being a disloyal customer will save you money

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Brands spend over $4B a year to prevent a customer from becoming a disloyal customer.

There are many ways they do this, like points on every purchase or buy 10 get 1 free. Some are designed to create FOMO, like membership privileges.  Others are meant to connect with their customers on an emotional level, like supporting a cause near and dear to their audiences’ hearts. 

Regardless of how they dress it up, the goal is to keep you from looking for a better product at the same price, or the same item at a lower price.

They hope you’ll feel loyal to them and demonstrate that loyalty to the brands who “listen to you” and “work hard for you” and “put your needs first.”

Despite what brands want you to think, you don’t owe them loyalty

You don’t owe them anything. You owe yourself the freedom to be a disloyal customer, and especially if you’re looking to keep more money in your pocket. 

It’s tougher than it sounds because finding alternatives takes work, and the status quo is easy. But if you’re savvy, thorough, and thoughtful, the effort will more than pay off. Looking for a better priced alternative often leads to finding a new household staple that saves you money. 

As a disloyal customer, you can lower expenses across the board

Remember this every time you get an email from a company telling you how much they value you as a customer and offering to buy your loyalty. 

Because, as you’ll see from the examples below, disloyalty keeps more money in your bank account.

Weekly savings

1. Groceries

You can do all your grocery shopping at one mega store and earn a few loyalty points on your way out, but is the convenience worth it? And will the points you earn offset the extra money you’re paying?

A better approach is to spread the wealth. For example, you don’t need to spend premium prices for non-perishable items like boxed snacks or frozen pizza. Discount grocery stores sell many the same products as more higher end supermarkets, at lower prices. If the grocery store you’re using now offers price matching, you should do it as much as possible. The upside of this is that you’ll have extra money to splurge on a prime cut of beef from a local butcher for a special occasion or two, and still spend less on food.

2. Gas

Like with groceries, you can keep filling up at a big brand station to collect points. Or you can go to local station a few streets over and pay less. There are apps that can help you find the lowest price for gas in your area. Assuming you filled up 1.5 times a week and saved $4 per visit, that’s $312 in your pocket at the end of the year.

Monthly savings

3. Online shopping

There are two main reasons online shopping has taken off in the past decade. The convenience, you don’t even need to get dressed to do it, and the ability to shop around easily. 

This can be hard if you feel a sense of loyalty to a bricks-and-mortar store. The answer is to show loyalty by using their price as the one to beat. If you can’t find a better deal, so be it. But why pay more? Shop around even from the big online retailers, like Amazon. If you want a book, for example, it’s possible a more independent dealer has it for a cheaper price.

You can apply this to all your monthly online shopping expenses to find savings.

4. Takeout

This is where being a disloyal customer can be the most rewarding because you’ll get to try food from all over the place AND take advantage of the very common “first-time order discount” offered by many restaurants. And maybe you’ll find something relatively cheap and mind-blowingly good that you add to your regular rotation?

Some food delivery apps will also offer you a percentage off your first order using them. If you’ve been using the same app forever, maybe it’s time to download another and take advantage of the savings off on that first order.

Some restaurants will offer deals on some app platforms and not others. Take a look before you order.

5. Clothing

A great example where someone can develop an attachment to a brand is clothing stores. Just think about all the clothes in your dresser and closet that all came from the same store. Many of us have a favourite place to shop.

Branching out can mean big savings, though. Take advantage of other stores sales. If you can find what you need on sale at a different store from where you normally shop, it can mean big savings.

Don’t underestimate the value of thrift shops, too. These places sell second-hand clothing at a bargain. You may even find things that came from your favourite store for over 50% off the normal price. You can also use platforms like Facebook Marketplace to shop for specific second-hand items.

Yearly savings

6. Mechanics

We all know the story of someone who was quoted one price for a vehicle repair, but ended up having to pay much more in the end. Either it’s happened to us or someone we know.

The cost of a car repair can vary widely, depending on the repair shop and their hourly rate. It’s almost a guarantee that if you take your car to three businesses to get it repaired, you’ll end up with three very different prices.

You may find that going to different mechanics for different jobs can save you money as well. You may go to one place for an oil change and a different one for larger issues.

If possible, get a quote in writing. This helps ensure you get the price you agreed upon, and if you shop around, you may be able to negotiate with a mechanic to lower their price based on that of a competitor. It really does pay to shop around here.

7. Financial Services

This category relies on its customers choosing the path of least resistance (staying with a current provider) instead of seeking out better value elsewhere.  

Changing car insurance providers, for example, requires a careful review of the companies you’re considering, and even more careful reviews of the fine print each of them include with their policy options. 

On the flipside, sticking with the status quo requires no actions taken — and you may get some extra bonus coverage you probably don’t need for being a repeat customer. But are the conveniences and unnecessary freebies worth spending more money every year? 

The competitive nature of the financial services industry — especially on the insurance, mortgage, and credit card sides — can yield fantastic money-saving opportunities if you’re willing to do the legwork.

8. Telecom

Unlike companies in the financial services space, the telecom industry is expecting every customer to be a disloyal customer, and it’s ready for the churn with all kinds of undercutting offers. 

The key to comparison shopping for telecom is to stay firm with what you want. Sales agents are instructed to come down on price to secure your business, often just calling and saying you’re going to switch providers is enough for them to lower the price of your bill. You’d be surprised by what you can accomplish and how much you can save every year.

Take this step to become a better disloyal customer

Start tracking your expenses down to the penny and compare the alternatives you choose for a recurring weekly, monthly, or yearly expense. 

Seeing the results in black and white will motivate you to continue. And it’s a powerful antidote to the hard sell in whatever crafty loyalty-inducing email lands in your inbox tomorrow morning. 

If you’re not sure how to track your expenses, you need help setting up your tracking, or you’re having trouble getting started, we can help you with our budget planner.

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March 28, 2024

8 ways being a disloyal customer will save you money

You’d be surprised how much money you can save over the course of a year by being a disloyal customer. Keep reading to find out why.

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