There are certain things in life that you should not pay the asking price for - houses, cars, and things you pick up yard sales are just a few examples. But, this could also apply to things you purchase at the mall or grocery store. Wondering how? Read on to know.
1. Start looking for coupons:
Rather than go through dozens of newspapers to find coupons, you could check if the stores you visit most often have their own smartphone apps. Retailers often update information about upcoming sales, coupons, and deals on their app - this could be a coupon goldmine. If the store doesn’t have a smartphone app, you can check their website. Another easy way to find coupons is through a search engine - all you need to do is enter the name of the store and follow it up the word “coupons”. The first few results usually work best. You could also try to download a coupon-specific app - some of the best ones have tons of coupons for stores all across the country.
2. Look for coupons from competitors:
If there’s a particular store you like shopping from but can’t find any coupons specific to that store, look for coupons for competitor outlets. You may be amazed at how often retailers accept the coupons of their competitors. After all, they don’t want to lose the business of their customers, and definitely not to a competitor!
3. Ask for a price-match:
Many large retailers will actually price match the sales of their competitors if the customer requests for it. A lot of big-name stores also price match e-retailers. Price matching helps you in more than one way. First, just because there’s a sale happening in a store, you don’t have to drive all the way there. You could just visit a competitor store close to you and check if they can price match. Also, if you have additional coupons for the store, you may be able to club it so you get better discounts.
4. Check if the store will match the price match after you’ve made your purchase:
you’ve probably already saved a good amount of money by price matching and using coupons. But, you could save money even after you’ve made the purchase. The thing is, many stores will price match after you’ve made your purchase if you find the same item you bought listed for a lower price elsewhere. Just ensure you check the store’s policy regarding this before you make your purchase.
These are some simple, but very effective, ways to save money while shopping. Just ensure you do your homework beforehand, so you can save a lot of money.