Money seems to take a long time to make and a short time to spend.
This is even truer if you aren’t actively looking for ways to save and make money every time you go out to shop or you shop online.
If you do, you can meet your savings goals faster, take better care of your overall finances in the long run, and make the most out of your shopping runs.
The best part is there are hundreds of ways out there that you can use to save money— like going out of your way to invest in your own reusable shopping bags and skipping the plastic fees.
To help boost your pro shopper game, let’s look at 13 shopping hacks every pro shopper should use to accumulate savings.
Comparison shopping made easy
This is especially useful if you’re shopping online. With sites like pricegrabber.com, you can shop around for the best deals online on almost anything you can think of.
This way you aren’t missing out on deals you could have snagged elsewhere and you get the most bang for your buck
Start a couponing habit
Most people don’t want to start couponing because they think it will take up too much of their time. But with online sign-ups and email notifications, you can easily get started using coupons the next time you’re on your grocery run.
For example. I recently found out you can use sites like Lozo.com to enter your whole grocery list, and it’ll find multiple coupons for each item on your list.
All you have to do is enter your email to get your coupons from the over 400 sites it searches for you.
Many coupons are scannable off your phone screen, which is pretty convenient compared to cutting out traditional paper ones.
Get cash back for shopping online
If you aren’t already using it, with Ebates, you can easily get cash back for items you’ve bought online.
All you have to do is open an account, start shopping at your affiliated store through Ebates and get a percentage of your purchase as a cashback through your account.
The cashback you get depends on a percentage.
For instance, if I get 10% cashback for shopping at X store and buy $200 worth of stuff, I’ll get $20 cash back for that purchase.
Make sure you check for extra coupons during checkout Ebates sometimes offers. If you turn shopping with Ebates into a habit, your cashback rebates can start adding up.
Know your discount deal days
I’m sure they differ from store to store, sometimes all it takes is asking an associate that works there.
But for example, the best days to shop at Target to ensure you get the best deals possible are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Once you get to know the dates of your favorite store, you can schedule your grocery runs around your discount days to snag the best deals you can find.
Always stay ahead of the seasons
Buying everything on season is a surefire way to pay too much for an item you could have paid half for.
You can get things like discounted Halloween candy, winter gear, and summer holiday items year-round. That way you aren’t paying inflated prices when they are in season.
Store end caps are your wallet’s best friends
Usually, the end caps at each store are the places where they put their discounted items/things they are wanting to push out and sell at a discount.
Keep your eyes open and pay attention to these while you shop to get deals on things you might need around your house.
I’ve found things like cheap dish sponges and over the counter medication at good discounted prices.
Take Note: Looking for more ways to save money? I’ve compiled a list of cheap dinner ideas that are perfect for a tight meal budget. Finding quick and easy dinner ideas is yet another great way to be proactive about saving.
Here are the best dates per items to shop at Target
According to a couple of different sources, including The Krazy Coupon Lady, the best days to shop for each particular item at Target are:
- Monday: Baby items, children’s clothing, electronics, and office supplies/gift wrap/stationery
- Tuesday: Home décor, women’s clothing, and domestic items
- Wednesday: Food, health and beauty items, men’s clothing, toys, and garden items
- Thursday: Lingerie, housewares, sporting goods, shoes, and luggage
- Friday: Cosmetics, jewelry, hardware, automotive, and home improvement
Shop in private browsing mode
This is useful whether you’re shopping for baby items, bedding, or your next round-trip plane ticket.
Stores have a way of tracking individual browsing info online, and according to sites you’re visited and prices you’ve seen, they can alter the price they show you.
Shopping in private browsing mode ensures your cookies aren’t stored and shows you a more objective price range on items.
To open a private browsing window type in Ctrl + Shift + N.
Use Walmart’s free pickup online feature
Walmart is known for its super cheap prices on everything. And often they beat their own in-store prices if you shop on their site.
The best part is you can get free shipping and pick up in-store when its delivered when you shop online.
Take advantage of Target’s dollar spot
Target tends to have a section out front you run into as soon as you walk in with all kinds of dollar-priced items.
I find these especially useful for DIY home hacks and kids arts and crafts projects.
Make use of price matching
Many stores have a price match policy. Meaning they’ll match the price of an item you have found cheaper elsewhere.
Once you have proof of the item’s price, make and model through a printed ad, you can bring it in and the store will match the price.
Use Costco pharmacy for your prescriptions
Costco pharmacy is hands down one of the best places to get affordable prescription drugs, especially if you don’t have insurance.
The best part is you don’t have to pay the $60 membership price to be able to walk in and use their pharmacy.
Just let me person checking at the door that you are there to pick up your prescription. Make sure you ask them to apply any coupons they might have available to discount your final price.
Get to know Target’s markdown lingo
Sometimes you can tell what the future price of an item might be by getting familiar with Target’s markdown lingo.
Price tags that end in 0.06 and 0.08 are going to be priced down further whereas price tags ending in 0.04 are final markdowns.
So keep an eye out for items that are to be marked down even further in a couple of days to get the best deal on it!
Remember that highest priced items are at eye-level
Sometimes when we shop we can get lazy. We just pick up and go with the first item we see that’s packaged to look tasty.
This is why you can sometimes miss lower priced and probably equal quality items that are shelved either up high or down low on any given aisle.
Make sure you keep an eye out for these. They could save you a couple of bucks each time you go out grocery shopping.
Pro Shopping Genius
Are you ready to hunt for better deals now? With these shopping hacks, you’re sure to up your shopping skills to the next level.
I guess one of the biggest tips I can give you to top off this list is never go shopping hungry. This is so true and you’ll notice yourself buying less when you go shopping on a full stomach.
It sounds like a joke but it’s pretty true. Any shopper hacks I missed worth noting? I’m always ready to hear them below.