Going Shopping? Save Money Using These Tips That Stores Don't Tell You About
Pairing these tips with coupons and sales may help you to save as much as possible
Bargain hunters already save money regularly by cutting coupons and shopping during sales. But there are many other ways you can save money when shopping that the stores don't tell you. Combining these shopping strategies with coupons and sales can help you save as much as possible!
- Look at the Bottom and Top Shelves
- Prioritize Price per Unit over Size
- Dig Through the Clearance Mess
- Follow Your List When You Walk In
- BOGO Is Not Always Best
- Ignore Impulse Buys at the Register
- Pay with Cash
- Don't Be Tempted by Fancy Displays
- Double-Check End-of-Aisle Displays
- Don't Open a Credit Card
- Be Cautious about Shopping with Friends
The products that stores place at eye level are the most expensive because they're the first thing you see and the easiest to reach. If you want to save a but of money, look up and down to the others shelves for products that usually costs less.
We often think that a bigger 'economy' size of a product is the cheapest way to go, but this isn't always the case. In fact, stores know that consumers have this false impression and will sometimes make the larger containers slightly more expensive in order to make more money. Instead of just looking at size, look at the item's price per ounce to see which size gives the best deal. This information will be on the price label in most grocery stores.
If you've been to a store like Wal-Mart or Target recently, you may have noticed how unorganized and downright messy the clearance sections are. Retailers keep it that way on purpose so you will be less likely to pick items from that section. You can sometimes find good discounts by rummaging through the mess.
Stores generally display their most expensive and trendy items on the right side just inside the entrance. Most Americans are right-handed, and according to studies, this often leads them to turn right as soon as they come in. Make sure you avoid this trap by making a shopping list beforehand and heading straight to the first item on the list when you enter the store.
Who hasn't seen an offer where you can buy one and get a second free? The trouble is that stores often put this promotion on the items that consumers wouldn't normally buy, which encourages them to spend more. Buy these products only if they're already on your shopping list, and even then, make sure you know how much they cost at other stores. Some of these items are still more expensive with these sales than other brands. Also note that offers to buy two and get three free require you to purchase five of the item in order to get the discount.
Remember all of those little items on display at the checkout line? Those are items that stores put on display at that location in the hope that you will give in to a sudden impulse to buy them. Such products are generally unnecessary, though, and they can add up very quickly. Your best bet is to ignore them and head straight for the register.
Who carries cash these days? Savvy shoppers do! Studies have shown that people spend more when using a credit card versus cash. This is probably because credit cards encourage indulging in impulse buys. Unless your card has a particularly good cash back rate, cash can be a better choice to keep you on a budget.
Retailers sometimes hire experts to craft fancy displays in the store window or inside the store itself. Such displays are often so unique or artful that you get drawn in to find out more about the product, at which point a salesperson can swoop down in reel you in completely. It's okay to admire nice displays, but make sure to always do so from afar where you won't be tempted.
Stores often relocate products to the ends of aisles (known as "end-caps") to try to catch the shopper's eye, especially during holidays. When we see products on display like this, we tend to assume that the items are on sale. Sometimes they are, but they often are not. When you see something at an end-cap display, don't automatically presume it's on sale.
The salesperson checking out your items will offer you a certain percentage off in savings if you open a store credit card account. Remember, however, that opening credit cards does more than give you a discount. It affects your credit score, too. If you aren't 100 percent sure that you can pay off the card right away without even waiting for the statement to arrive, don't sign up for the card.
Different people have different personalities when it comes to shopping, so be careful who you go shopping with. You may have a friend that is very impulsive. If you are taking someone with you, make sure it's someone who isn't impulsive, especially if you are already impulsive.