You may never get the chance to appear on the TV game show Let’s Make A Deal. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still make great deals on anything you purchase.
These easy steps can point you in the direction of scoring some savings on anything you swipe your credit card for in the future.
1. Download and use handy shopping apps.
It’s true when people say there’s an app for everything. These smartphone apps, which are available across most mobile platforms, can help you tap your way to big bargains:
- Compare Me
- RetailMeNot Coupons
- The Coupons App
2. Whip out your smartphone when shopping in a store.
Smartphones can help you be a smart spender, which is great for big-time bargain hunters. Let’s say you spot a big-screen 4K TV on sale in a store. Yes, the incredible price on it could make you want to plunk down the money for it in a second, but there may be even better options out there. Get all relevant info – product name, manufacturer, barcode, and anything else – to help you locate the item online. You’ll then be able to see if it’s available from another seller at a better price.
3. Check Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, and other websites.
Whether you’re buying a used Corvette, a new laptop computer, or you just want to refresh your current wardrobe, websites like Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist can be perfect when searching for anything under the sun. Slickdeals and Overstock are two other sites to add to your bookmarks. Most of these sites allow you to sort products by price, letting you easily identify the best bargains. Sometimes used items can work just as well as something new, so consider this option when appropriate.
4. Visit thrift stores and yard sales.
You may not think you can get much at a thrift store or yard sale, but you may be pleasantly surprised. For significantly lower prices, you can pick up clothing, jewelry, furniture, collectibles, and lots of other hard-to-find items. If you dig deep enough, you can land some incredible savings on things that are in perfectly usable condition.
5. Ask around.
While there are countless ways to use technology for bargain-hunting efforts, the old-fashioned, word-of-mouth option remains a staple today. Ask family members, friends, and co-workers where they shop if you’re looking for something specific. On the dining front, you may find some sweet deals as well simply by learning where those in your life eat out. Of course, you could ask your Facebook friends for their opinions.
6. Be selective when signing up for rewards programs.
It has become so common for cashiers to ask, “Do you have a rewards card with us?” when you’re ready to check out and get on with your day. Some rewards programs can actually reduce your spending at certain brick-and-mortar stores. However, it’s not worth it to go crazy with signing up for dozens of them since you can spend your time saving money in other ways instead of filling out one application after another. If you’re a frequent shopper at a few stores, consider only those retailers for these programs.
7. Timing is everything.
Many states have sales tax holidays each year. During every federal holiday like Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving, there are more sales out there than you can ever keep track of. So, if you can wait a bit to make a big purchase, you may luck out and get a nice bargain on a washing machine, California king-size bed, or new home theater to help you enjoy your Netflix selections in style.