Everyone loves a great bargain. While most people have a special skill they are good at, bargain shopping is easier than might you think. People are always looking for coupons, or trying to shop where discounts are offered. What if you could bargain shop all year? Luckily for you, we have some expert tips to help you get the best deals around.
Do your research.
Do you ever go through your Sunday paper searching for coupons? Next time you’re searching, keep an eye on which companies have higher prices than others. With this information, you could get a price match from the store with the higher-priced item. Remember price match and price adjustment are not the same.
- Price matching: The retailer will match a competitor’s price with proof (i.e., you have to show the retailer where you can get the item more cheaply).
- Price adjustment: When you have already purchased an item but a few days later the retailer lowers the price. If it’s within the specified time frame, they will refund you the difference.
Unfortunately, not every retailer will allow price matching and price adjustments. They will likely require you to have your receipt or receipt number.
Follow up on your search by checking the website of the store you plan to visit. They could offer a better price online than in-store. Look at their terms and conditions so you’ll know exactly what you’re in for.
Know where to go.
Searching for a bargain is like picking out a needle in the haystack. Many places offer bargains, but where should you go? Try an outlet store! Outlet stores are where you can buy discounted items, off-season products, overstock, and much more. While there are still factory outlet stores, the more popular retailers are located at outlet malls.
If you aren’t up for the crowd you could always go outlet shopping online. Many places have big Outlet Sales online, offering a variety of products at a discounted price. Some retailers offer free shipping on select items or if your total is over a certain amount. The categories are endless, ranging from cookware lines like Berlinger Haus to bedroom furniture. If you subscribe, some retailers offer a discount code on top of the sale price. Be sure to follow your favorite stores on social media to keep track of any new sales.
Check up on seasonal sales.
Often, retail stores have a seasonal section at the front of the store. They usually display items for that specific season or holiday. But after that holiday is over, most of the seasonal items get marked down tremendously. Get ahead on all the holidays by shopping smarter and cheaper. Going in the day after the specific holiday could get you a large percentage off certain items. Post-holiday shopping is a great time to stock up on things for the following year. Imagine having all of your Christmas wrapping paper or Halloween costumes purchased. Not having to rush to find these items will be such a relief! And it’s also a great way to save money.
Trade or sell your clothes.
It’s no secret we all have a little (or big) pile of clothes we keep but never wear. Why not trade them in for cash to put toward new clothes? Yes, this is a real thing. Some clothing stores will buy your clothes from you in exchange for store credit or cash. Summer is coming and you should toss your Christmas sweater and pick up a petite jumpsuit. It’s the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe (and you can still wear it all year long — jumpsuits never go out of style!) Dresses and jumpsuits are just the beginning of what your wardrobe could look like. It’s hard sometimes finding your size in store. Shopping online for clothes could alleviate having to scan through multiple clothing racks. Don’t forget to check out the sale tab, as you could find clothing or accessories as low as $10.
Give sellers a reason to negotiate.
Bargain shops get all kinds of items for one reason or another. Merchandise could have a tear or not function properly. When it comes time to check out, go through all of your items. Let’s say you find a glass jar, but it has a small crack. Ask the seller if they can lower the price due to this reason. Studies show that when sellers are faced with a counteroffer, a negotiator gains satisfaction.
It’s such a relief to have a brand new outfit and still have money in the bank. Take advantage of the small offers. You could end up with a lot of new items if you catch them at the right price. We hope you find the best deals around with our bargain tips.