There is good news for the savvy shoppers. There are plenty of opportunities out there to save big money on the things you need or already buy anyway.
The key is knowing where to look, knowing what discounts you qualify for, and spending your time and money wisely.
A surprising number of businesses seek new customers by offering free trial products. The trick is to find them in magazines or online.
There are also many nonprofit organizations and businesses eager to serve people through clearinghouses and make products and services available way below their retail price.
For certain groups such as veterans, people with disabilities, students and teachers, some organizations provide special programs or discounts at a very low cost.
The most important rule to remember though is that nothing is a bargain if you don’t need it. For example, say you have come across an incredibly cheap lawn mower at a flea market. Who can pass up such a deal? Well, what if you already have a mower that works just fine?
So, you are not getting a bargain but in fact throwing away that money since you really didn’t need it. This also applies whenever you buy anything in bulk if you live alone or have a small family.
Getting a great deal on something in bulk doesn’t actually save you money if it ends up going bad before you can use it. So, shop smart, and stick to things you need and know you can use.
If you’re handy and don’t mind doing a little work, you can take things one step further and save even more money. A little creativity can go a long way.
For example, you can make your own disinfectant wipes with a paper towel and Lysol instead of buying them from the store. Some people go all out and make a whole range of household cleaners right at home for pennies on the dollar.
It’s not for everyone, but the potential savings is there if you want to go the extra mile.
You are probably already aware that military members, seniors, and students get discounts at various places such as museums, amusement parks, restaurants, and many other places.
Not only that, they are also entitled to goods and services that range from hotel rooms to rental cars. The thing here is you won’t know if you don’t ask.
Many programs are geared to help people looking to save money. Your membership in AAA and AARP comes with huge discounts at vehicle rental companies and hotels.
There are usually also deals on public transportation or even airfare. The same goes for insurance companies. Even if you aren’t in AARP, a senior, or veteran, did you know that there are often discounts just for being in the alumni association from college?
Or even many professional organizations can qualify you for a discounted rate. Again, you’ll never know if you don’t ask since most companies don’t advertise every single possible discount available.
Finally, it’s usually a good idea to take advantage of end of season closeouts. Do you need a new swimsuit or barbecue grill in October right before winter sets in? Of course not, but guess what? That’s when you’ll get the best deals.
Stores need to dump all of their summer gear to make way for fall and winter items, and stuff is usually priced to move. If you plan carefully, and again, buy only what you need, who cares if it sits unused for a few months if it saves you a couple hundred bucks.
There’s plenty of money out there to be saved on the things you regularly buy, so go shopping armed with these tips and you can save a bundle.