7 Little Bargain Shopping Tips That Will Save You Major Money
You already know about shopping your closet and what to look for in the bargain bin, but 10 bucks says you’ve never thought of these creative money-saving shopping tips. Actually, scratch that: We’ll save our money and see you in the stores.
Be bold—ask for what you want.
Ever bought a dress at full price only to find it on sale a few days later? Stop feeling like a sucker and ask for a price adjustment. Some major retailers will issue you a full credit for the difference in price if the sale happened within seven to10 days of your purchase. And don’t stress if you waited too long to return that blouse that frankly looked better on the hanger and is now on sale. If you have your receipt in hand and the tags still on, most retailers refund the price you paid, not the one currently dangling on the tag.
Follow your favorite stores on Twitter.
You’re probably already following your friends and former flames, as well as the gals at Slaves to Fashion, on Twitter, but did you know that you can tweet your way to some extra cash? Follow your favorite stores like net-a-porter.com and some Victoria’s Secret Twittage for access to Twitter-specific specials, hot sale alerts and contests that aren’t advertised anywhere else!
Get a big fat cash-back check.
Sign up for ebates.com, an online shopping portal that gives you up to 30 percent cash-back on purchases from stores like Sephora, Macy’s, Nine West and thousands more. You’ll get a check in the mail four times a year—just in time to update your wardrobe for the coming season. And don’t overlook their weekly coupons. Keep clipping (well, printing or code-grabbing) from sites like retailmenot.com and couponcraze.com, where you can power-search for your favorite stores. Plus, every Friday, check out Little Miss Fortune’s Friday Fortune Cookie, a weekly roundup of online deals and freebies.
Befriend free shipping.
The only downside to shopping online (we don’t miss that cruddy dressing-room lighting, do you?) is the extra cost of shipping and handling. But lucky for you and your credit card, stores like J.Crew and Talbots will you give you free shipping on catalog and online orders if you place them at the store. So if they are sold out of your favorite colored cords or your size is no longer in stock, ask a sales clerk to hook you up with an online purchase and sit back while your new duds come right to your door, free of charge
Be smart about sales tax.
Besides your state’s annual tax-free weekend (mark your calendars!), there are other ways to avoid that pesky fee. If you purchase from an out-of-state store, you can ship it home and avoid being taxed—let’s hear it for vacation spending! You can also check out your state’s official website to find out more tax-free secrets. For instance, many states don’t charge tax on clothing purchases under $100, so you may want to consider breaking up a large purchase into a few under-$100 increments.
Compare, compare, compare.
Who has time these days to bounce from store to store in order to competitive price-shop? Use online searching sites like shopstyle.com and the lowest price will be staring you in the face! Plus, online retailers like shopbop.com are happy to match a better price out there. So if you paid $20 more for that Milly dress, politely ask customer service to match the competition’s price and go get yourself a manicure.
Bonus Reader Tip: Shop on Tuesdays!
Reader Cassie Ladd uncovered the secret that end-of-day Tuesdays are the best time to score newly marked-down items. “I’ve worked retail for many years, and most non-boutique stores mark down items and change their specials Tuesday night before closing,” says Ladd. While the “official” sales usually start Wednesday morning, you can get a head start on other shoppers and a better selection.
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