When it comes to snagging a discount, there’s a best time to buy nearly everything at a lower price, but sometimes you can’t wait for an end-of-season sale or holiday promotion. This doesn’t mean you are stuck paying full price, though. There are several shopping strategies you can use any time of the year to get a better price.
“Never take a price at face value,” says Trae Bodge, smart shopping expert at TrueTrae.com, a personal finance blog. “Whether I’m shopping in-store or online, I always hold out hope that a lower price is available, whether I can find a coupon or cash-back offer or there is a better price elsewhere. Thanks to technology, it takes under a minute to find out.”
Follow these nine steps to ensure you get the lowest available price on almost everything you’re buying.
— Scrutinize prices.
— Know where to find coupons.