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We all like to save money when shopping. This guide contains bargain shopping tips.
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By 27 found this helpful
January 8, 2015

Why the coat? I recently purchased this coat for 69 cents at a thrift shop. No, I'm not kidding you! For years now, I have ALWAYS looked in the local thrift shops BEFORE simply paying retail at a chain store. Granted, you will not find exactly what you're looking for each time at the drop of a hat. It may take going back a few different times to finally find your item. It's like a treasure hunt! :)

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It's so rewarding to purchase a much needed winter coat for 69 cents, or a like NEW popcorn maker for $2.49. Need I mention a fancy "tournament" version of Chinese checkers for my husband and I to play for a mere $1.99?

Anything you could possibly want or need besides food is right at your fingertips for a bit of searching/hunting and sometimes, mere pennies.

Source: The thrill of the hunt! :)

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November 15, 20107 found this helpful

A lot of people on this site suggest buying things only if you can pay for them using cash. Basically I agree with that; but sometimes that's just not possible. Most stores now have "12 month no interest" plans. Even if you have the money you can use that method.

As an example, it's easier to come up with $100.00 a month as opposed to $1,200.00 all at once. You do need to pay it off within the 12 months, because if you don't the interest will most likely be retroactive.

In the past 10 years or so, using this method, my husband and I have bought: living room furniture, refrigerator, freezer, stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer, ceramic tile and wood flooring, 55 inch television, eyeglasses, and probably something that I've forgotten. LOL!

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We've ALWAYS paid it off early, usually in half the time. But it's nice to know that we have extra money every month in case of an emergency.

By Margaret from Denton, TX

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By 7 found this helpful
June 25, 2009

Here is a tip that you can use following any holiday, stock up! If you use paper plates and napkins, now is the time to stock up on those outdated, never to be used again graduation plates, napkins and paper cups. I purchase these for as little as 25 cents a package and use them for a BBQ at the lake or tailgating in the fall.

Since we are going to throw them away any how, who cares if they are outdated. Stock up for next year's school party after Valentines or Easter. Put a festive napkin in your lunchbox to brighten your day around the holidays. Even paper table cloths make great wrapping paper for large, hard to wrap gift items (ie. bicycle).

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It's also time to purchase those expensive (non-dated) graduation gifts for use in the coming year or two. Stock up on books, picture frames and the like. You will save up to 80% and these items store beautifully! Just be sure to place your treasures in a container that will keep them free from dust and wear and tear. I put mine in a lidded tub that fits under the bed.

Happy Saving!

By skibum1910 from Prospect, KY

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October 9, 2007

Even when I go to the dollar store, (or should I say, especially when I go to the dollar store) I make sure I count the items in my basket to make sure I am within my budgeted amount. It's so easy to go over in a place like that! I knew someone who called it the $30 store, because she always spent $30 every time she went in for one item!

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By Pamphyila from Los Angeles, CA

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August 9, 20101 found this helpful

Over the last few years, people are being more creating in finding ways to earn money. With that, consignment shops are seeing more consignors with things to consign (furniture, clothing, accessories, etc.). Thus, they can be more particular and the quality of these shops' goods has increased.

With that said, visit your local consignment or resale shop often, since they get new things in almost daily. Join their email list and Facebook page to receive coupons and notices of special sales.

By Vena from Unionville, IN

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February 14, 2007

If you find something you like that's a bargain, why not buy two? I got some inexpensive dollar sunglasses I liked a while ago and bought two pairs. Now one is shot, and I am working on the second one. (And I just found another style I liked and bought another two pairs, for $2.)

By pamphyila from Los Angeles

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August 8, 20050 found this helpful

The other day I read somewhere if you're a teacher to ask if there are discounts available for you, especially in educational areas, such as museums, movies, etc. We work hard for our money, so might as well stretch it in any way we can.

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November 17, 20040 found this helpful

Most stores have reduced, marked down item bins. Always go there first when shopping early in the morning. You get the best of the bargains.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 18, 2007

When grocery shopping, watch for store brands. They're usually always cheaper than national brands. On a recent grocery shopping trip, in the store sales flyer, I spied a name brand saltine crackers on sale 2 for $4.00.

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October 6, 2008

We have a Kroger charge card, you get a discount on food or other Kroger products. When we buy $100 worth in a month, we get 15 cents off gas. We get the grocery ads in the mail on Wednesday, my husband makes the grocery list from this. We add things we need, they have some good sales.

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June 4, 2012

My husband and I buy bigger packages of things like Tyson chicken tenders, but we make sure they are on sale. Pull out your calculator on your phone and do the math to see which size will be the better deal.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 1, 2009

My college roommate is from Holland and she herself has told me they are very frugal in that country. She introduced me to the Free-Bates which many drugstores are using to gain your business.

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October 12, 2006

My husband haunts the bargain bins at Radio Shack and Staples/Office Depot, and finds lots of good deals.

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April 4, 20050 found this helpful

When shopping, always remember to look high and look low. The higher priced items are usually right at eye level while the bargains are usually above or below. It's easy to miss these items when you don't see them readily.

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Cyndi Roberts0 found this helpful
March 4, 2005

Whether you do your shopping mostly in retail stores, thrift stores, or at garage and yard sales, there are some strategies that will work for you and help you to find a bargain every time!

If you have a child who is hard to fit for whatever reason, you may find that you must shop at retail stores, even though you'd rather not. Two things to remember: buy in the off-season (this requires a little planning ahead)and always head to the clearance racks first.

Wherever you shop, be sure to carry a list of sizes for everyone you're shopping for. It's helpful to also jot down measurements--waist sizes, inseam and sleeve length, for instance. All sizes may not be the same, plus garments that have been laundered may not be the same size they were when new.

For shoes, make a cardboard cutout of feet and slip it into shoes to see if it fits.

Keep a tape measure in your purse or at least in your vehicle all the time.

Carry a file of fabric samples from items you already have that you might like to match. You can often snip a bit of fabric from a seam allowance or some other spot that won't show. Just staple to a file card and carry in an envelope in your wallet.

Always keep your receipts. It might help to jot a note on the back to make it plain just what the receipt is for!

Here's a benefit to taking children shopping at thrift or resale shops instead of retail stores: Sizes are grouped together instead of styles being grouped together. For instance, my granddaughter, Ashley,is a size 7 and when she goes to a resale shop, she can see all the tops in size 7 and pick out what she likes.

In a retail store, she might pick out something she likes, only to have Mom say it's not available in her size or in that particular color. As a result, Ashley would much rather shop at the resale shop than at the mall! And that has to be a good thing!

Find out when your local thrift store has its "clearance" sales. Just like retail stores, resale shops try to clear out merchandise periodically, typically when seasons change and really good buys can be found.

Garage and yard sales are great sources for baby and children's clothing especially.

Instead of buying a newspaper just for the garage sale ads, see if there is an online copy.

Keep in mind that sales that have multiple family sales together in one place may have already been pretty well picked over by one another.

While the selection may be best early in the day at garage sales, sometimes by afternoon or by the second day, everything will be marked down substantially.

Develop the habit of "making an offer" at garage sales. If a price is more than you want to pay, offer less. All they can say is no. However, it's been my experience that people will usually accept what you offer.

One last strategy: If your child objects to previously worn clothing, simply point out that a garment is only new for one wearing. After being worn and laundered, everything is "previously worn"!

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March 1, 20170 found this helpful

Whether you are shopping for clothing, groceries, or a new car finding ways to save money when shopping is a good idea. This is a guide about my frugal life: saving money when shopping.

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November 16, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about download store coupons to your rewards card. You can go even more paperless when shopping by downloading your favorite store's coupons to their rewards card or account.

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May 29, 20130 found this helpful

This is a guide about shopping at dollar stores. Love them or hate them, dollar stores attract a lot of consumers with their low prices.

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October 13, 20110 found this helpful

This guide includes online shopping tipsg. More and more purchases are made on the internet nowadays, allowing for convenient price comparison and delivery and payment options.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 24, 2008

I used to know a pricing code for retail sale items, i.e. an item sold for $2.99 thus the code was Egg. Anyone know what I'm talking about and can help me with this pricing code? Thanks.

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July 27, 20080 found this helpful

Pricing code any 9 letter word that doesn't repeat: example, christmas. (Price 11.99 code ccss)

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July 27, 20080 found this helpful

Pricing codes are for the cost.

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July 16, 2007

Frugal living means doing what you can to get that bargain home!

By Laura-Lee from Ontario, Canada

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