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Bargain Shopping Tips

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, 2010

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.

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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 If you use paper plates and napkins, now is the time to stock up on those outdated, never to be used again graduation plates, napkins and paper cups.

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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.

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August 9, 2010

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. Thus, they can be more particular and the quality of these shops' goods has increased.

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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.

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August 8, 2005

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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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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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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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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April 4, 2005

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 Roberts
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!

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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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By scott E (Guest Post)
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!

Bringing the Bargain Home

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May 29, 2013

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

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November 14, 2019

If you have the time and are willing to shop the clearance sections in stores or online, you can find some great bargains. Shopping at the end of a season can lead to great buys for next year's clothing or holiday decorating, and more.

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November 14, 2019

Retailers have created lots of ways for you to save. Shopping rewards are made available when using their credit card, or if you sign up for a rewards program based on a point system, and more. Check out your favorite stores to see if they have a shopping rewards option.

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March 1, 2017

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 page about my frugal life: saving money when shopping.

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