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16+ Shopping Tips to Help You Never Pay Full Price Again

16+ Shopping Tips to Help You Never Pay Full Price Again
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Finding the best product for your lifestyle at the right price for your wallet is not easy. Nobody knows this better than the professionals at the GH Institute. That’s why, since 1900, our product experts have worked year-round testing thousands of products, going beyond the hype to find the only items that are really worth your money.

Meanwhile, our shopping professionals decipher the ever-changing commercial landscape to learn the latest tricks about when to buy and how to shop to always find the best prices from your favorite stores and brands.

With our genius money-saving secrets, we guarantee you the best deal on every item every time. Here’s exactly how to shop smart and never pay full price again:

Buy directly from other shoppers.

Sites like Poshmark, ThredUp, Mercari, or eBay offer deals on new or used fashion. You can even register unworn items with original tags at deep discounts from retail.


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Secret Amazon Savings Register.

  • Shop in the warehouse Get deep discounts on new, opened or pre-owned similar merchandise and new products with damaged packaging.
  • Cut amazon coupons For applicable savings on groceries, household items and more.
  • Visit Amazon Outlet Get write-offs on excess inventory or clear clothing, cosmetics, home and furniture. Plus, don’t miss the Under $10 section!
  • Automate your regular purchases by subscribing and saving Get monthly staples like pet food and paper goods at 15% off and free shipping.

    Wait for the next vacation.

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    Replacing an expensive item like a mattress or sofa? Do it during Super Sale during Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day or Black Friday to get the biggest discounts and the best discounts.


    Subscribe to newsletters.

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    New subscribers can often get at least 10% off in addition to regular deal alerts.


    Find coupons online.

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    Before checking out, do a quick web search for “discount code” and the name of the retailer. You can also use deal aggregators like RetailMeNot and SlickDeals or browser extensions like Honey to automatically search for savings on your behalf.


    Request a floor plan.

    Request word model code

    Save 25% (or more!) on open or slightly scratched appliances or furniture.


    Join the discount program.

    At select retailers, get a portion of your purchases with real money. Our experts’ preferred services:

    • Rakuten. cost and free of obligations; Usually about 2% to 5% in cash is returned.
    • Smart Store. Redeem 10% off over 1,000 online stores for $10 per month.
    • FreeShipping.com. Get 10% cashback plus discounts on shipping, returns, and price adjustments for just $13 a month.

      Choose the store brand.

      GH tests show that the performance of these picks rivals that of their more expensive brand name counterparts:

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      Charge it…to get benefits!

      Two new cards caught our attention:


      Ask for a price match.

      Ask for a price verification code

      Before you buy anything in a store, check the prices online. If a competitor or store’s website lists a lower price, show a sales assistant: Most retailers will match the cheaper price instead of risking your exit. This almost foolproof trick always offers instant savings, but most shoppers never think of doing it!


      Become a member.

      Take advantage of being part of a special club. Some of our experts like:

      • with Target RedcardGet 5% off all purchases plus free shipping.
      • For $29 a year, the Bath and Beyond Beyond Bed + The program includes free shipping and 20% off purchases.
      • Store rewards programs like those in J Crew, Nordstrom and Starbucks Free, you accumulate store credits with every transaction.

        Cash in on free gifts on b-day.

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        For example, grab a free drink at Starbucks, 5% off at Target with a Redcard and free samples on sale at Sephora.


        Participate in customer service surveys.

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        After shopping, check your receipt or email to take a survey; Companies and restaurants often reward participants with a discount or free gift.


        Request a price adjustment.

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        You bought something before the big sale? Retailers Gap and Nordstrom often pay the difference for selected items within 14 days of purchase.


        Get your best deal yet on a hardware upgrade.

        1. Choose white. Stainless steel or high-end finishes can add $100 or more to the cost.
        2. Consolidate your purchases. Having just a few items at once gives you some leverage to negotiate. Ask the retailer if they can offer free delivery or installation if you buy now and buy more!
        3. Skip the extended warranty. The only exceptions: if service issues are physically hard on you, or if you’re buying innovative technology that may be prone to malfunctions.

          1. Take advantage of end-of-season blasts.

            Shop seasonal merchandise late, when stores cut prices to redeem previous peak merchandise. Stock up on holiday clothes, winter coats, boots, or even signature designer styles that you might not be bragging about.

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            This story originally appeared in the September 2021 issue of good housekeeping. Subscribe here.

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