Disclaimer: The people you are with, especially husbands, significant others and even your kids, may be embarrassed being around you while using these easy tricks shown below…But please, don’t let that stop you from saving money!
How many times have you bought your favorite blouse even though there was a string hanging off of it? How about those amazing shoes that you found that happen to be the last one on display? Welp, these are awesome ways to save a bit a mula!
A super easy way to cut the cost is finding damage and asking for a discount. Okay, I am NOT telling you to damage it, but you’ll be surprised about the things you will find on the item you're trying to buy. From books, to clothes, to accessories, to houseware… you can usually get a discount off of pretty much anything. Now, the damage doesn’t have to be big.
For example, I bought a few journals during the holidays for gifts. Well, you can tell the books have been handled because one had a small scuff (could barely see it, but still its a gift!) and the other one had pages that were slightly bent. Yes. I. Did. I pointed to the damage to the cashier and then asked the girl (nicely) if I could get a discount due to the damage. She kindly gave me a discount, with no issues.
I have also done this with shoes. I bought a pair of shoes that happened to be the display and were the last ones. We all know who many people have man-handles these display shoes…
So, yup once again, l asked and received. Sometimes they’ll have to ask a manager if they can give the discount, but usually the cashier will have the authority to make the price adjustment.
2. Price Match:
Many stores will price match now-a-days, so this is probably a really easy breezy method for you. While your in the store, verify with the worker if they price match and if they say they do then you are good to go! You can google the item from your smartphone and check out the different prices as your in the store. If you find a lower price for the item you want to purchase, then save the site and show them when you check out.
My family always says I am cheap, but is saving money really cheap?! Those dollars add up so I can splurge on other stuff I want!
Anyways, I am proud to say my 11 year old daughter has learned the value of my “cheapness” recently. She saved and saved to buy herself an Xbox. I’m talking about Christmas money, birthday money, and even working at different families members homes for a bit of cash. Finally, she has enough. Or so she thought. We take her to the store and it was $299 before tax (she learned that the price on the tag is NOT the price you pay thanks to good ol’ taxes). She was short a little bit of money.
Welp, knowing that this store price matched, I went ahead and googled lower prices. Low and behold I found one that was on sale for $209 at a different store! Not only did they price match the item, but the store I was buying it from was running a promotion on the Xbox. If you buy one, you get a $50 gift card to their store. So my baby got herself an Xbox…with money to spare AND a gift card to use on all the other random crap she likes to buy!
Ya, you bet I was doing my happy dance out that store.
Since my husband was there, I definitely COULDN'T pass up on the opportunity to brag about the deal I, I mean my daughter, got. HA! So, my husband is the complete opposite of me. He doesn’t want to be “difficult” and will not even attempt to find a better deal even if it is that easy. He thinks I’m nuts LOL. This moment was kind of a “not so nuts now am I” kinda moment.
Ok, so depending on the store, many retailers have amazing coupons right online. While I am in the store, I google the retailer and see what coupons pop up. Also, I'll check with someone in the store because many stores will accept competitors coupons!
I love Michaels Arts & Craft stores and perfect for me because they DO accept competitors coupons. So, when I’m there I search their website and if it doesn’t have the coupon I am looking for, then I will go on a competitors website like Joannes Fabric and use theres.
4. Download the App:
We may not think about this while we are out shopping, but we should! Many retailers now utilize apps that you can download on your phone.
What better way to encourage shoppers to download there app?? By offering something free or giving a discount! Duhh!
So recently, I downloaded the bath and body works at while I was in the store and got an instant coupon for a percentage off. Woop! I have done this with a lot of eateries too! Many will offer a free meal when you download the app. I have literally done this while standing in line to pay, just to get to the front of the line and have my meal FREE!
5. Cash Back:
There are tons of websites now that offer cash back off purchases you make. This makes things perfect because most retailers are now using the “pick up in store” method. I’ve noticed that I’ll do a ton of shopping online and pick up that day or the next day in the store.
The reason why this is so good?? It’s because I am doing all my purchases through a cash back website. Earning money on money I am already spending?? Sign me up! LOL
My favorite cash back website is Ebates. I have made so much money with their cash back system. Simply sign up and shop! They have an app too. They have hundreds of retailers and will offer a certain percentage cash back if you shop there. I figure if you are going to buy it anyways, why not go through a cash back website like Ebates, and start getting some money back from all the stuff you purchase on a daily. With Ebates, you can track your shopping trips and the total amount you spent, as well as tracking your cash back. They send you a check via mail every few months.