IF you know where to look.
But between dynamic pricing…
And hidden coupons…
Knowing when the price is right can feel like a guessing game.
The good news is, with a bit of know-how you can still avoid paying too much.
Here’s how you can get those cart totals to come on down.
70 % of the time we make purchases on impulse. If you’re not thinking ahead, you don’t even know what deals you’re missing out on.
Guys, keep a shopping list, know what you want to buy. Be aware of seasonal trends, sales, and special offers.
By thinking ahead and simply planning for your purchases, you can guarantee that you’ll save a lot of money over the long run.
Most online retailers offer the best prices between Wednesday and Friday
. In brick and mortar stores, markdowns often occur between noon on Friday and noon on Saturday.
Statistical data can show you the best days to buy things whose prices fluctuate – like gas and airline tickets – in your area. Keep in mind that they may not be what you’ve heard in the past. Pricing trends change as often as the market.
If you love a brand, don’t be afraid to get on their email list, text notifications, or social media feed to get discounts.
If you buy a lot from a certain retailer anyway, keeping up with them online can make a difference in your overall spending simply because you’ll catch more of their discounts as they’re made available. Just make sure it doesn’t become a temptation to shop unnecessarily.
Find good forums and other websites that compile information on deals. There are plenty of great websites designed to save you money.
Try a web browser extension like Honey that automatically finds and applies the best coupon to your shopping cart.
As a consumer, your best allies are other consumers. Forums are a great way to not only find more discounts but find out which discounts and offers are worth it. It’s a great way to stay informed about what you’re spending your money on.
If you’re eligible, don’t be afraid to ask for a senior, student, or veteran discount. Some retailers can provide them, but only if you specifically ask – so speak up!
If there isn’t an obvious discount available, ask for a discount anyway. If you get the right person on the phone or by email they may offer something up regardless.
Some stores will offer a digital discount code for shoppers in their brick-and-mortar locations via their local wifi network. Just show the cashier so they can subtract it from your total.
If you like a product, don’t just tell friends in person – put it in writing (and in public) on social media too. You can often get discounts on name brands in exchange for social media feedback, especially if you have a substantial follower base. Make sure to mention their official account
for best results.
When you buy online, especially from large shopping sites that aggregate products from several retailers, sites may use your browser’s location data to adjust prices to your local “cost of living” as their algorithms understand it. This can result in items being marked up, especially if you live in a major city or another area that gets a lot of tourism.
Incognito mode hides your location data, usually defaulting you to lower prices. Clearing your cache and cookies
also helps shake off dynamic pricing algorithms and find you better deals.
Use price comparison websites, or services which will track the price of a product to find the best deal.
These pull pricing data from all over the web so you can compare. You can install portals on your browser which will search for a lower price every time you buy something.
Likewise, some apps will track a product and notify you when the price goes down.
This pairs well with the point below…
Especially with online shopping, sometimes you find a place that you just really love doing business with. Their shipping is fast, their service is great…but, sometimes, their price is just a bit higher.
Don’t assume you have to settle. Contact their customer service department and ask if they match prices. Some companies won’t, but if you can get the best price with a retailer you trust, it’ll be worth the trouble.