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If you’re like me, you hate the idea of paying full price for anything. In fact, even getting just a good deal isn’t good enough – I want the best deal, and nothing grinds my gears more than feeling like I’ve overpaid.
This quality is no more apparent than during the holiday season. I’m buying lots of gifts at lots of different stores, which makes it easy to lose track of the prices I’m paying and whether or not they’re the best I can get. Well, it used to be easy to lose track, but over the years I’ve developed a few key techniques for getting a discount on almost anything. This means that I always walk away feeling confident that I haven’t overspent on anything – and this time of year, that really means a lot.
So how do I get a discount on almost anything? Take a look at the three no-fail tips below and get ready to kiss your full-price days goodbye:
Back when our grandparents were in their prime shopping years, they used to have to really haggle if they wanted a price reduction on a non-discounted item. Luckily, those days are over – after all, haggling can be uncomfortable for a lot of people. These days, all you usually have to do is ask for a discount and you’re likely to get it. This is because so many retailers are competing with each other for business, none are willing to be difficult for fear of losing a customer. This means that simply asking for a discount is usually enough to get one, especially if you provide a compelling reason for lowering the price on an item you’re interested in.
Don’t believe this will work? Just this past weekend I had just paid for some holiday gifts when an item that I hadn’t noticed before caught my eye on the way out of the store. I had already gotten 40% off of my transaction because I’d spent $100, and was kicking myself for not including the new item in it. Instead of just paying full price, I asked the manager if she’d give me 40% off since I’d already spent up to the discount threshold. She gave it to me, no questions asked. And I bought myself a celebratory latte and cookie with the $10 I saved!
Search for Coupons
If you’re more of an online than brick-and-mortar shopper, the best way to get a discount on the stuff you’re shopping for is to do a search for coupon codes before you check out. There are lots of sites out there that aggregate coupon codes to help you save as much as possible, so don’t click the ‘order’ button until you’ve looked around. If you’re new to shopping with digital coupons, using a site like Coupon Follow is an easy, hassle-free way to get started.
Again, getting a good deal isn’t enough for everyone, including me. If you’re looking for the biggest discount, your best bet is to shop strategically by stacking coupons with in-store promotions. This tactic is especially helpful when you’re shopping for groceries or items for your home, as these types of retailers tend to frequently have sales and send out coupons. For example, stacking a $2 manufacturer’s coupon on top of a 3-for-1 in-store promotion on the yogurt you eat for breakfast every morning will allow you to get a steep discount on your grocery bill. If you use this strategy frequently, you could save big bucks over the course of a year.
People who get frequent discounts aren’t necessarily lucky, they just know how the right moves to get the best deals. With the tips above, you’re now in the know, so go get started saving today!
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