We all love shopping right?! Wouldn’t it be nice if we could figure out a way to get more bang for our buck? Wouldn’t you like to buy 2 pieces that you love instead on just one? You can easily save money while shopping, you’ve just got to know the tips and tricks to do so.
If there’s anything to know about me, it’s that I absolutely LOVE a good deal. It has become difficult for me to buy anything full price, because I know that most of the time.. there’s ways to get it for less. Like, why spend $35 on a top when I can get it for $25? All the few dollar differences REALLY add up – especially while shopping. Here’s some tips and tricks I’ve learned:
01. Look for Coupons While waiting in Line
While you’re waiting in that line to check out, use that time to look up a coupon online. You may very well find a coupon for 15-20% off. If you’re in a store that you know doesn’t get good service (ahem, Target), then do it before you walk in. We’ve gotten in a good habit of always searching online for a coupon before purchasing anything.
02. Sign Up for those annoying Emails
Ugh, I know- we all hate spam emails. But when it comes to wanting to save money while shopping, these coupons really come in handy. If you have a Gmail account, you know that these emails will automatically get filtered to the “Promotions” folder now. This is perfect for me because I don’t get notifications about it every day. If you don’t have Gmail, sign up for a separate email just for the free coupons. This way, you’ll easily be able to find them when you need them.
03. Abandon Your Online Cart
Yes, seriously. When you act like you’re about to check out (including putting in your email), then don’t, the company will do anything they can to get you to buy that product. Often times, they’ll send you a 10% coupon. So yes, it’s better to abandon, then come back (with your coupon).
04. Don’t be Seduced by the big SALE sign, unless you Know it’s a Good Deal
I remember being in my college marketing class, and being SHOCKED about this one. One of my favorite stores is TJ Maxx. Have you ever noticed that the price tag has a price crossed out on it, then includes a Bolded or highlighted LOWER price? I always used to think- wow that’s a great deal. And maybe it is (I Still Love you TJ Maxx), but this is actually a MARKETING technique. Showing you a higher price to trick your mind into thinking you’re always getting a good deal. You’ll see this everywhere now that I’ve pointed it out – both online and in stores. If it’s actually on sale, and you know you’re getting the best deal possible, then you’re safe. BUT, just know that there are stores that charge 4-5 times the normal retail price. And people pay it because they assume higher price= higher quality. That’s why the next one is so important..
05. Compare Prices With Other Retailers
Easiest way to do this? Look at the brand, type it in google, then find the piece of clothing you’re looking at getting.
06. Subscribe to my blog
I’ll send you the best weekly sales going on from the best retailers.
07. Clear your Cookies Online
Want to outsmart the retailer? If you frequently look at a specific item online, stores can track how many times you’ve visited that page. Therefore, they will start showing you a higher price than originally offered. Why? Because they know you’re a loyal customer and will probably eventually buy. Best thing to do is to clear your cookies online right before you buy, and their algorithm can no longer track your page views. Airlines are notorious for this.
08. Buy From Facebook Marketplace
If you’re looking for a specific item, such as a piece of furniture, you’ll save a ton by checking on Facebook Marketplace. If it’s a popular piece, you can typically find the same gently used piece of furniture for half the price as the store is offering. You can also negotiate the price. And seriously.. no one will ever know the difference. It’s a win-win.
Whether you’re rich or poor, there’s no reason why any of us should be wasting our money. In fact, you’ll find that even the wealthiest are very frugal with their money. So why not save where you can? You’ll quickly realize that when you saving money while shopping, it’s easy to see an immediate difference. It’s not uncommon to realize that you’ve spent $100 less dollars than you would have in a single day’s worth at the mall.
If you want to try these tips out, make sure to repin this image and save to your Pinterest. That way, next time you plan to go, you can pull this post up and try out these tips. I promise – you’ll notice a difference and end up saving quite a bit at the end of the day!