The Secrets That Can Help You Save Money While Shopping
I‘m not sure if it’s a good title to have but my partner always labels me as the go-to person for finding discounts and discount codes when it comes to a purchase. But let’s face it. There isn’t a single person you’ll meet that wouldn’t want to save money shopping right? I’m not cheap, I just shop well. And while the store aims to make as much money as possible, we aim to get what we need without giving as much as they can take. But it shouldn’t be so hard. I think one of the main reasons I’ve been awarded that label by my partner is because whilst I’m so good at saving money while shopping, he’s the complete opposite. He would rather spend extra than to go through the hassle of searching for ways to save on his purchase. This is where I come in useful. Once you know some of the most valuable insider secrets, you’ll be able to save money while shopping easier than you imagine possible, without even thinking about it.
Discover the Top 10 Tips and Tricks that Stores Don’t Want You to Know
1. Discount Markings on Price Tags
2. Analysing Cost Per Unit on the Packaging
Working in marketing and advertising, one thing I’ve realised is that every move a brand makes is strategic, especially within the creation of packaging. Of course, cost per unit is probably the last thing we would look at in our purchasing process. However, this could help save you some real money here. Although the packaging looks bigger, are you really getting more for your money? This is why you should always look at the cost per unit that is on the label of the packaging. Is the cost per unit lower in the smaller size of whatever you need to buy or is it lower in the larger quantity?
3. Using Online Chat to Haggle the Price
Asking for help has never been easier since the launch of live chat. Whilst the intention of company’s integrating a live chat platform is to provide customers with the help that they need when shopping, it is also a tool for them to convert sales. For us, it is an invitation to haggle the price. You could save money shopping simply by just asking the question. If you see a little window on the corner of your screen offering help while browsing, use this to ask a little more about the product that you are eyeing an end by requesting a discount. You’ll find that many brands such as Nike and Dyson are happy to provide you with an extra discount to make that sale. Some brands won’t budge on pricing such as Apple and Schuh but it wouldn’t hurt to ask right?
4. Leave the Items in Your Cart When Online Shopping
5. Shop at Zara for Cheaper
6. Decipher Which Items are Clearance
7. Be Careful of Dynamic Pricing
8. Take Advantage of Error Fares
9. Get Free Delivery with Amazon…If You’re Smart About It
Does anybody remember the good old days when Amazon offered free delivery for anything over £10? Now, more often than not, I find myself cancelling an order I’ve added to my basket because of the extortionate delivery costs that make what seemed to be an okay-priced item far more expensive than it should be. In May 2015, Amazon increased this threshold for free delivery to any order over £20. Luckily for you, I’ve found this great tool that will search Amazon for items to fill your basket so you will be entitled to free delivery, instead of having to pay the full delivery cost. For example, if you found an item for £19.50 and delivery came to £6, this tool will help you find a filler item such as a chocolate bar to add to your basket, this way you will be able to take advantage of free delivery…and I chocolate bar I guess?
10. Use Honey Extension for Chrome to Find Discounts
Buying the items that you want and things that you need doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg each time. Once you know how to shop smart, saving money will be a natural thing for you and it really couldn’t be easier. Let me know in the comments below your secrets to saving money while shopping!
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