What are some unusual bargain hunting tips that I should know to save money while still being able to buy?

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Answered by: Talia, An Expert in the Tips for Shopping Category
Bargain hunting tips may seem like common sense; although when you’re shopping, your brain may at times seem impaired. We all want to get the biggest bang for our buck, which can easily be obtained by knowing a few simple rules. Bargain hunting isn’t for everyone, but by training yourself with a few simple tips, you may surprise yourself the next time you’re in the shopping mood.

1. Buy the cheaper alternative

We've all seen in magazines the designer version of something opposed to an unknown brand of something similar for significantly less. Well, try this for yourself when you're out shopping. Say you see a great, basic top that you would love to have until you see the price tag and realize it's out of your budget. Go to a more affordable store in search of something similar to the product but far different than the price tag of the original item. Using this technique with multiple items will eventually add up and save you tons of money.

2. Check out your local dollar store

Dollar stores are loaded with all kinds of great deals. Instead of going to an average priced retail store for basic household necessities such as plastic bags, hand soap, a cheese grater; check out a dollar store. Many dollar stores carry lots of the same brands as stores such as Target and Walmart, but sold for remarkably cheaper. The reason for this is that companies send their over stocked items to dollar stores, not because they are defected, but in an attempt to get rid of it. Whatever it is you may need, you are sure to find it at one of these great stores. And if not, you're bound to find other cool things for incredibly cheap.

3. Shop at stores like Ross and TJ Maxx

Many high end designer stores turn over their products so quickly, they are unable to finish selling them before their new season of clothes have come out. These clothes and shoes are then sent to stores such as Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, etc. to be sold at much lower prices. This is a great way to be able to wear those designer labels you crave without having to break the bank.

4. Ask yourself questions while shopping

Lets face it: shopping can be overwhelming. Without proper judgment and evaluation, you may end up buying the whole store. Every time you are faced with the dilemma whether to purchase something or not, ask yourself these questions: Is it worth the price? Do I need it? Will I use/ wear it? What are the benefits of it? And so on. Make a mental list of pros and cons before determining if you should buy it or not. Some of us get so caught up in the magic of shopping that we can lose sight of reality. You know who you are.

Whether you’ll admit it or not, these bargain hunting tips are something you will think about while shopping, and trust me: your credit card will thank you.


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