I am often able to save over 80% on many of the brand new name brand items that I buy. Sometimes I get lucky and fall into a great deal, but considering it happens frequently, I don’t really think it’s luck at all. I consistently get high quality items at a deep discount. I could give you all my tips and tricks, but the reality is that they won’t do you much good if you don’t follow five simple, but extremely important rules. These five commandments are the foundation for everything I do in my deal hunting.
Thou shall not pay full price for anything. Ever. Anyone can shop in stores like Forever 21 and Old Navy and pay a low price for a fashionable piece of clothing, but you get what you pay for. Sure, that cute top you just paid $20 for full price felt like a steal at the time, but the quality is so low that two wash cycles later you are donating it to the nearest Goodwill. How much better does it feel to pay $20 for a quality item that originally cost $100? Plus, it will typically last you far longer.
Huge savings come to those who wait. It helps tremendously to try not to wait until the last-minute to buy things. Everything eventually goes on sale. I can’t stress this enough. When I first started out I believed that certain brands never went on sale, but experience has taught me that this just isn’t true. I get it – sometimes you may not be able to hold off buying an item while you wait for it to be 90% off because you have a special occasion or interview that just got sprung on you, but even just waiting until the weekend can make a huge difference. Your favorite store will inevitably have a sale or coupon you can use. I know you can’t always wait, so think ahead whenever possible. It will definitely pay off!
Thou shall do your research. It is important to visit a store’s website and/or call before you go into a store. Sometimes, the items a store offers online have different prices than in the store. More often than not, if the online price is lower and you can prove it (always have your smart phone by your side), the store will match the price. A lot of store’s websites offer printable coupons or discount codes, too. You can often pull up the coupon on your smart phone for the store to scan. This has saved me a lot of money in the past and for very little effort.
Thou shall never pay shipping. Nothing wrecks a good deal more than a shipping fee. That $100 top you found online for $20 was an awesome deal until you went to check out and there was a flat rate $10 shipping charge. This irritates me more than anything and I just won’t do it! More stores than you’d think offer free shipping if you order through their retail location. Some stores will even let you order over the phone (as opposed to going into the store) and waive the shipping for you. To be clear – don’t call the store’s corporate customer service, call an actual retail store location to do this. They have every incentive to make you happy and fulfill your order through their store as it helps boost their numbers. So give that store a call before you immediately pay that flat $10 shipping fee!
Honor thy sales associate. Be polite. Most sales associates barely make above minimum wage. They have refolded that stack of clothes 15 times already today and they’re tired of being on their feet. Customers are difficult and rude. A smile and a “thank you” will go a long way. Try and brighten their day. An associate is much more likely to run and get you a size, honor that out-of-date coupon, or waive a shipping fee for you if you’re polite. I’ve even had sales associates allow me to separate my purchases into multiple transactions in order to use a coupon multiple times – something they certainly aren’t supposed to do. Talk about a savings jackpot and all because I was nice!
Do you have any commandments that you stick to? Please share in the comments below so we can all learn from each other!
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