Posted by: RoddyJones | September 12, 2008

The Urban Professional’s Guide to Bargain Shopping

Just like any urban professional, you love a great bargain. But why shouldn’t you? You get to buy more for every hard earned dollar. Here’s a quick guide on how to score on bargain shopping.

1. Read the newspapers. Aside from the daily news, there are plenty of advertisements displayed all over the papers especially in the Sunday copy. Also, try to check your mailbox, both online and offline, for any mailed ads. Most online shops post their ads in their websites so you should check them regularly as well to update yourself of any bargain sales they’ll be doing.

2. Visit outlet stores. You can often purchase overstocked items and factory seconds for bargain prices at outlet stores. Frequent your favorite stores and ask for updates when new shipments are due to to arrive. It won’t hurt if you bat your lashes at some unknowing salesman to learn the specific dates. Don’t forget to jot down the dates in your calendar!

3. Make your purchase off season. It is common knowledge that off season items are sold at very low prices. It would be wise buy ahead and put them in storage while you wait for the next season to be able to use them. Stores often have a post season sale as well. This is when they mark down the prices of the clothes that weren’t sold in the previous season. This would be the best time to grab those items that you simply adored during the season but couldn’t get because of their astronomical price tags. Think 20% to 75% discount off the shelf price.

4. Use coupons, coupons, coupons. These are very essential in getting really good bargains. Clip them from coupon circulars and try searching the Internet for those printable ones as well. Present these when you make your purchase so that you can get a discount or whatever bargains that can be made that’s written on the coupon. Asking your favorite stores if they have any coupons is a good strategy, too.

5. Try second hand shops. Visit thrift and consignment stores and get items at low prices. Check out yard and garage sales or flea markets as well. There is bound to be one in the neighborhood so ask around or check the local listings if there are any. The good thing about these places is that you can negotiate for the prices to get the best bargain. This is also a great time to sharpen your skills in haggling.

6. Surf the Internet for bargains. When you’ve got nothing to do on a day off and just want to stay at home, go online and check out online shops and auctions. You will be overwhelmed by the sheer number of retailers on the Internet. With the rising number of competition, chances are you can get big bargains from online shopping.

Bargains are everywhere and all you have to do is to look for them. Shop happy!

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