With holiday shopping season in full swing, it’s all about finding the best deals. You can easily find the lowest price on just about anything if you put in a little effort. And this is a habit you should develop and use beyond the holiday season.
Not sure if you’re doing it right? Here are tips that can suit any personality or shopping style.
Use Your Smartphone
A survey by Shopatron Retailer found that 86% of shoppers will consult their smartphones while shopping. Some apps to try:
- Red Laser – probably the most popular price comparison app
- eBates – get price comparisons plus coupons and rebates
You can also use price tracker apps if you want to monitor prices before purchasing.
Businesses track your online activity through cookies. You can take advantage of this by putting an item in their online shopping cart and then abandoning the cart. It’s likely the business will then use retargeting tools to give you special offers or coupons on that item.
If that doesn’t work, clear your cookies and visit the site in a week to see if there are any discounts.
Many companies advertise price matching, but even if you don’t see a sign, it doesn’t hurt to ask. Expensive items are especially likely to be price matched.
You probably can’t do much haggling at the grocery store, but some businesses and products do allow some flexibility with pricing. Monthly services like subscriptions, cable and gym memberships are prime candidates for negotiation.
Expensive items also open up negotiation opportunities. Big retailers may not budge on price, but you might be able to make it a bundle purchase. For example, ask to throw in a Blu-Ray player with your large television purchase.
But Remember to Manage Your Time!
Trying these suggestions could help you a lot – but make sure you aren’t spending too much time hunting for deals. Time is money, and spending three hours to get $5 off is not worth it.