How to shop savvy
Many of us just love a bargain. An online survey revealed that over three quarters of women admitted to being bargain hunters, and an online poll of 30,000 households showed that over half of us are shopping at discount retailers in search for the best deals. So, in honour of us bargain-bagging Brits, here are five top tips to help you shop savvy and save money.
Watch and wait
If you’re not 100% sure whether you want to buy something, a great tip is to leave it in your online basket for a few days. Have think about it, see if you really want it and then go back and buy it. Often retailers may even email you with a special deal or discount to help give you a nudge, so it’s win-win for you.
Joining the mailing lists for your favourite retailers can give you access to the latest (and greatest) discount codes. Be prepared to receive a lot of emails, but some of these could really help save you money next time you shop. Don’t forget to also sign up to a cashback website, if you do a fair amount of shopping online, and why not sign up to a voucher or promo code website to alert you to the latest money off coupons?
Compare the price
Don’t forget that some of the leading retailers may not necessarily offer the best prices for a branded product. Shop around, use Google’s ‘shopping’ tab and other price comparison sites and get searching for the best deal before you buy. If you are buying from a big retailer, try to join their loyalty scheme (if they have one) to collect points on everything you do buy, and don’t forget to redeem your points towards cash payouts or future purchases.
Pick your moment
Most companies will have set sale times in the year, and it’s possible to pre-plan your purchases using this helpful high street sales diary. If it’s not urgent, try to bide your time and wait until the sales are on to get the best price. That said, if you have seen an item for a lower price elsewhere, why not ask for a discount? You may feel cheeky but it’s a buyers’ market and big brands will want to keep your custom.
Influence the market
It’s all very well being a consumer, but have you thought about how you could improve the products of the future? Being a member of the Nielsen panel , and taking paid online surveys through Opinion Outpost and OpinionWorld really gives you the opportunity to influence the decision-makers who matter. Plus, you can earn money (or vouchers) to put towards something you really want!
We would love to hear your top tips to bagging a bargain! What’s the best deal you ever negotiated? Got any suggestions for other panel members? Join the discussion on Facebook and let us know. Plus, don’t forget to have your say and earn money in your spare time in our latest paid survey at Opinion Outpost UK.