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By: Stuart Wood
If you are willing to be just a little organized, and do some preplanning, you won't need to pay full price, for anything, ever again.

Here are a few neat shopping tricks that retail stores hope you never discover:

1. Be Patient

If you take a little time, you can find almost anything on sale, or find a discount code to give you a saving. Manufacturers and even the big box stores will sometimes have sales and promotional offers going on that are not well publicized. Most times a simple online search will clue in to a discount your store was not advertising via Cashback deals. Additionally, most stores, including supermarkets have specific schedules for markdowns. Pay attention to these schedules or ask the store manager.

2. Pay Attention

Prices are not always the same from store to store or even between different locations of a particular company. Stores don't want you to know it but they may, for instance charge less for something at a particular store location than is charged at another. These decisions are made based on local competition. Don't make a special trip but as you're shopping around town pay attention to the prices of items you buy on a regular basis. Along this line, don't be brand loyal. Some store "generic" brands are as good as their brand name counterparts. In fact, some of these generics are made by the brand name companies as "private label' goods.

3. Keep in Mind

Stores spend lots of money to research buying patterns and set their stores up to encourage purchase of higher margin items and impulse buying. You can beat them at their own game by:

a. refusing to buy on impulse at checkout,

b. understanding that you are forced to wind your way through the high margin stuff to get to the grocery staples so shop with a list and getting out quickly,

c. paying close attention to the pricing of items on those big displays which may not actually be on sale.

4. Shop Locally

Farmer's markets not only sell better quality produce, they can save you a bundle on that produce. Here is a perfect example of the little guy having an advantage. There is no middle man and those strawberries did not have to be trucked 3,000 miles to your local big box store.

5. Not Just for Poor People

Don't thumb your nose at thrift stores, consignment shops and salvage grocers. Retailers want you to think "new" but it is better to think smart and save a bundle. Loyal bargain hunters will tell you that you can dress better than you could otherwise ever afford for a fraction of what even discount prices.

6. Check it Out

Before you make any retail purchase, check out prices online. It takes less time than you think and sometimes that deal is not really a deal. There are dozens of price comparison websites, deal compilation sites and promo code websites. You can usually even find discount coupons to eat out (everything from fast food to fine dining). They're pretty up to date and accurate and you can find promotions and discount codes for just about any store under the sun.

7. Sometimes less is more

The larger size may not be as cost effective as the smaller size. Always compare by per unit cost. Additionally, stores don't voluntarily tell you that when a product is on sale, let's say for "buy 4 for $10.00," you can almost always purchase just one of the items and pay $2.50. This also applies to "2 for one" sales. The money you save by not purchasing the extra items can stay in your pocket.


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