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How to be a smart shopper and get discounts on your purchases

By Mason White 3:25 PM January 10, 2017
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By: Michelle Parker

We all work hard for our money and we want to spend it wisely.

Some people choose to buy off-brand products in order to save money.

However, if you are a smart shopper, then you can buy the brand name items for less.

Here are some tips on how to buy what you want, and pay the least possible.

Whether you are shopping for shoes, furniture,a mattress or a car, check prices on the Internet.

When you are in a store and you see an item you like, whip out your phone, go online and check prices on a few different websites.

One great place to check is a competitor’s website.

Check the price on that particular item. If you find that item at a lower price, show it to the salesperson, and they will very likely meet or beat that price.

If they refuse to meet the price, at least you can go to the competitor or order it online to save money.

You can also check the company’s suggested retail price and never pay more than that price. Most of the time, you can get the item for a price that is much lower than the suggested retail price.

Many stores will lower the price in order to make a sale, especially when they see that you are an educated consumer.

People often assume that department stores are less expensive than smaller and privately owned stores.

However, at the privately owned stores, you will likely get much better discounts during the season if you come prepared and you know the prices.

If you don’t find that particular product for a better price online, don’t hesitate to ask for a discount even if the item is already on sale.

Many retailers will give you a discount of a few percent just for having the courage to ask for it.