sales http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/397/all en-US Always Buy Airfare on Tuesdays and 7 Other Calendar Shopping Secrets http://www.wisebread.com/always-buy-airfare-on-tuesdays-and-7-other-calendar-shopping-secrets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/always-buy-airfare-on-tuesdays-and-7-other-calendar-shopping-secrets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_000026548068.jpg" alt="Woman using calendar shopping secrets to find good deals" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever wonder if there's a rhyme or reason to the retail game? Well, there is, and it often involves knowing <em>when </em>to buy. Reverse your losing streak and start winning by buying these items on certain days of the week.</p> <h2>1. Airfare</h2> <p>It seems like everyone has an opinion about the best time to purchase airfare, but the general consensus seems to be that Tuesdays are you best bet to pick up a ticket for your next jet-setting vacay.</p> <p>&quot;Airlines post sales on Monday evening which make other airlines scramble to match prices on Tuesday morning. By 3 p.m. on Tuesday, the unbelievable deals are gone, but those sales may last for a few more days,&quot; writes My Dollar Plan.</p> <p>ABC News also weighed in on the subject of <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/best-days-shop-save-electronics-clothing-airfare-groceries/story?id=24515725">cheap airfare</a>, citing CheapOair.com, which said that purchases can save up to $236 on average on Tuesdays &mdash; while Fare Compare is much more specific, claiming that the lowest prices are typically found at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesdays.</p> <p>CNN took a different approach to find out the best average time to <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/11/pf/best-time-to-buy-airfare/">book your cheapest plane ticket</a>. &quot;CheapAir.com analyzed nearly 5 million trips last year and found the best prices for domestic airfare were booked, on average, 47 days ahead of the departure date. The year before, the sweet spot was 54 days,&quot; it says. Forbes backs up that assessment by generalizing that the <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/grantmartin/2014/12/09/best-days-to-book-flights-are-tuesdays-50-100-days-before-travel-expedia-study-concludes/">best time to buy airfare</a> is 50 to 100 days before the trip.</p> <h2>2. Electronics</h2> <p>In the market for a new computer? DVD player? Flatscreen TV? Tell the boss you'll be a little late on Monday because you've got some shopping to do.</p> <p>According to the Huffington Post, &quot;Online manufactures and retailers offer cheaper deals for computers, TVs, cameras, video games, and other electronics on Mondays.&quot;</p> <p>Consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch confirmed to ABC News that Mondays are the best time to buy electronics, such as cellphones and tablets, because that's the day manufacturers release rebates and discounts and the retailers pass them on to customers.</p> <h2>3. Jewelry</h2> <p>Lifehacker says that Wednesdays are the best day of the week to buy jewelry, because &quot;...apparently women tend to shop in the middle of the week, so online jewelry prices start dropping on Wednesdays and sales on accessories continue on Thursday.&quot;</p> <p>That statement isn't entirely scientific, of course, but <em>Time</em> magazine substantiates it with research that suggests that jewelry is at it lowest on Wednesdays.</p> <h2>4. Groceries</h2> <p>You might expect Mondays to be the best day to go grocery shopping &mdash; because who wants to go grocery shopping on Monday &mdash; but it's actually Wednesday when you'll score the best deals.</p> <p>DailyFinance says it's more economical to shop mid-week because Wednesday is the day that many supermarkets release new sale ads, but also honor the previous week's sale items. Take advantage of that tidbit and you could walk away with double the savings.</p> <p>On the other hand, however, My Dollar Plan and U.S. News &amp; World Report both claim that Sundays are the day you should do your food shopping because that's when new coupons appear in the newspaper.</p> <p>So who's right?</p> <p>Let's say that nobody's wrong &mdash; both days have their merits &mdash; but Wednesdays take the lead in the &quot;best day to grocery shop&quot; category.</p> <p>Just steer clear of the supermarket on Saturdays, which research shows is the busiest grocery-shopping day of the week.</p> <h2>5. Cars</h2> <p>Many websites agree that Monday is the best day of the week to buy a car.</p> <p>&quot;Coming off of a less than impressive weekend, any sales they can get to temper their unimpressive performance are gladly taken, but sometimes the opposite is true,&quot; explains My Dollar Plan. &quot;If the dealership had a big sale and the results were impressive, they may be more likely to make the same deals to people they met over the weekend. Sort of an icing on the cake as they look at their sales numbers.&quot;</p> <p>But wait &mdash; there's more&hellip;</p> <p>The best month to a buy a new car, according to Fox Business News and ABC News based on data from TrueCar, is August. Reasoning suggests that August buyers benefit from changeovers in model years, which used to come in September and October.</p> <p>And for the absolute, very best day to buy a car, you'll want to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-years-best-day-to-buy-a-car-is-approaching-2013-12-09">shop on New Year's Eve</a>. That's right, you'll have to put your party plans on hold if you want to score serious savings, according to MarketWatch &mdash; though you can still save a bundle anytime between the day after Christmas and Jan. 2.</p> <h2>6. Major Appliances</h2> <p>You've probably noticed a pattern emerging that weekdays are the best days to save on a lot of item, which is just typical isn't it? Who has time to shop Monday to Friday!?</p> <p>Rest assured that major-appliance manufacturers are tapped into your schedule, with Saturday and Sunday being the best days to reduce the cost of washers, dryers, refrigerators, and more.</p> <p>For good measure, Home Depot accepts competitor coupons. You can find an abundance of low-priced Lowe's coupons on eBay (that's how coveted they are; people are selling them online), primarily for 10% of your purchase.</p> <h2>7. Gas</h2> <p>You might think the gas gods are against you &mdash; always raising the price-per-gallon when you feel the pinch the most &mdash; but you might be surprised to learn that the industry is (sort of) in your corner.</p> <p>According to GasBuddy, the best days of the week to <a href="https://blog.gasbuddy.com/posts/GasBuddy-Study-Finds-Best-Day-for-Motorists-to-Fill-Up/1715-562509-2244.aspx">buy the cheapest gasoline</a> are actually on the weekend. Shocker, huh?</p> <p>&quot;Surprisingly, many states see the lowest gasoline prices for the week during the weekend, which may come as a surprise to many motorists,&quot; said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.</p> <h2>8. Clothing</h2> <p>The early bird gets the worm when it comes to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">new clothes</a>, and if you want the pick of the litter, you better show up on Wednesdays or Thursdays.</p> <p>Margie Cader, spokeswoman for Shop It To Me, says that retailers <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/best-days-buy/story?id=23128573#4">add new sale merchandise</a> on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, so if you want to take advantage of new markdowns, Thursday is the ideal time to strike, according to ABC News.</p> <p>Catey Hill, a consumer reporter for MarketWatch, confirms Cader's assessment to Marketplace.</p> <p>&quot;They're hoping people will go shopping on Friday or Saturday, so they <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/your-money/ask-money/best-days-week-shop">release the deals</a> on Wednesday or Thursday in preparation for the weekend. But there are so many avid couponers that are like, 'Oh deal's released, I'm getting this right now!' that by the time Saturday has rolled around the inventory is much more picked through,&quot; she says.</p> <p><em>Do you have insider knowledge on items that are cheaper to buy on certain days of the week? Let us know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/always-buy-airfare-on-tuesdays-and-7-other-calendar-shopping-secrets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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You would never think of paying the sticker price, and to be honest, the retailer would be offended if you didn't try to negotiate.</p> <p>In America, things are a little different. We have become used to just accepting that the price we see is the price we pay, with very few exceptions. Yes, we'll negotiate on a home or car, but after that, we tend to avoid haggling. However, several major retail stores will actually take part in price negotiations, and will usually give you a better deal than the one you were expecting. You just have to know how to play the game. And it goes without saying &mdash; be polite and courteous the whole time. Demanding a discount won't get you anywhere.</p> <h2>1. Best Buy</h2> <p>Let's start with the one most people have asked me about. &quot;Can you really haggle at Best Buy?&quot; Yes, you absolutely can, although the results will vary from store to store.</p> <p>First, you want to go shopping towards the end of the month, between the 29th and the 31st. Like most retail stores, Best Buy gives its floor managers sales goals, and they really want to hit them. By going in when they are down to the wire, you have more haggling power.</p> <p>Next, follow a few simple rules and you will get the bargain you want.</p> <ul> <li>You will get better discounts on high-end items. A huge $2500 TV or home theater system has a serious markup, and therefore, more wiggle room. If you go big, start negotiating.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Ask for freebies to be thrown in. If you're buying a computer, ask for a pack of blank DVDs. If you get a laptop, ask for a free bag or wireless mouse.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Focus on floor models and open box items. I've had great success buying floor models at massive discounts. The great thing is, you can buy the Geek Squad protection on it, and they'll replace it for a brand new item if they're unable to repair it. Open-box items are also easy to haggle on, and 20%-25% off is fair. And if the packaging on a new item is damaged, ask for a discount. They will often give you 10% off.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Bundle and save. Buying a monitor and a keyboard? Ask for a discount on both. The same goes for a TV and Blu-ray player, or a bunch of DVDs. If you are buying multiples, the store manager has some discretion to give you a deal.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Remember price matching. If you see a lower price anywhere, Best Buy will match it. So before you buy, search for the item on your smartphone and find the lowest price online or locally. Then watch the salesperson crumble.</li> </ul> <h2>2 &amp; 3. Home Depot and Lowes</h2> <p>The top two big box DIY stores are both susceptible&nbsp;to the art of negotiation. Just ask Kyle James, a former Home Depot worker whose own post at <a href="http://www.rather-be-shopping.com/blog/2014/09/08/how-to-negotiate-at-major-retailers/">Rather Be Shopping</a> is full of great tips for negotiating at that store and several others on this list. Both Home Depot and Lowes have&nbsp;very similar policies when it comes to negotiating, and the following guidelines apply.</p> <ul> <li>Scratches, dents, and dings give you great haggling power. On big appliances, most customers want their new items to be pristine. They cost a lot of money, they should be perfect. But who cares about minor dings? After a few months in the house with kids and pets, those dings will soon appear anyway. Seek out scratched and dented items when you want a new appliance, and start haggling. It's damaged goods, and the managers have wiggle room. Even torn packaging can get you a discount.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Get deals on poor quality lumber, roll ends, and off cuts. If you're building a fence and don't mind a few imperfect pickets or posts, grab them from the rack. Then, talk to a store manager and ask for a discount. You should easily get one, since the lumber they can't sell gets junked, anyway. You can also get great deals on roll-ends for carpet and linoleum, as well as off-cut wood and other materials.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Floor models are also great starting points for negotiations. These days, you can get all of your major appliances from the hardware store, and they all have floor models that have been poked, prodded, and generally used and abused by potential customers. However, they work just fine, most of them have never even been plugged in. Ask for a floor model, at a 10%-15% discount. If they are not ready to sell the floor models yet, ask when they are. You may even be able to put one on hold, if you are particularly charming.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Take advantage of stocking errors. This doesn't always work, but if you see something you want and the price looks too good to be true, it could be a product that has been placed in the wrong section. If it's a one off, forget it. But if the whole rack is marked at $10, instead of $20, then it is a legitimate angle for a discount. They priced it incorrectly, it's their mistake, and their loss. This happens a lot at hardware stores, especially in some of the aisles with very similar products at vastly different prices.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Price match. This is always a good option. Now, Home Depot and Lowes seem to be a little tougher on this than other stores, and will require evidence of a product in stock locally for a lower price. Online price matching will be way more difficult to achieve.</li> </ul> <h2>4 &amp; 5. Sam's Club and Costco</h2> <p>Wherever you do your bulk buying, there are some strategies you can employ that can help you get better prices. Remember, just because you're already getting a discount, it doesn't mean the prices cannot go lower. Your membership fees and the bulk buying formula are the reason the prices are low. The stores are getting this stuff cheap, they make great profits, and you can negotiate.</p> <ul> <li>Know the store layouts. Clark Howard, a consumer expert, says that the best deals in both of these stores are on aisles five, six, and seven. Knowing this in advance, you can head over to these areas and talk to the manager about buying a lot of these goods for a discount.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Look for items going off that day. Whether it's fruit, meat, bread, cakes, or vegetables, the manager will be very pliable towards the end of the day. They'd rather get a sale from you than throw it all in the dumpster.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Check the prices. For instance, any items ending in .97 at Costco are either <a href="http://www.rather-be-shopping.com/blog/2013/09/24/retailers-big-secret-crack-the-price-tag-code/">discounted or on clearance</a>, even if they don't advertise it. That means the store wants them gone, and gone quickly. Knowing this can really help you when it comes time to ask for a few bucks extra off.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Tires should never be bought at sticker price. The warehouse stores rely on you thinking that they will have the cheapest prices around. This is a complete fallacy. With your smartphone at hand, bring up the prices of the same tires at places like Discount Tire or Tire Rack.</li> </ul> <h2>6. Furniture Stores</h2> <p>There are big retail chains, and there are local mom-n'-pop businesses. However, they both have one thing in common: They are willing to negotiate on certain items, especially as the <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/guid/dbc03806-309a-11e0-b7f5-072128040cf6?page=2">markup on furniture</a> is so high. How high, you ask? Try 80%. A lot of the stock is bought overseas, shipped in, and marked up to ridiculous amounts. Here are some negotiation strategies you can use.</p> <ul> <li>First, head to the back of the stores, or the clearance sections. You will find some products marked &quot;as is&quot; or &quot;last one.&quot; Well, this is a great place to start haggling. They have discounted the stock because they want it gone, and if you are ready to take it off their hands on that day, you'll be doing them a favor. Don't get greedy, it's already cheap, but drop the price another 20%. If you can, offering cash also helps.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>They know many of their products are not as high-quality as they make out. So, start looking over the pieces like they're used cars. Inspect the joints, the finish, point out the flaws. As you make your case for the poor craftsmanship, you are laying the groundwork for a discount.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Buy more, get more of a discount. If you plan on remodeling the bedrooms, see if you can afford to buy everything at one time. If you're dropping a lot of money, the furniture store may work with you.</li> </ul> <h2>7 &amp; 8. Walmart and Target</h2> <p>You might think that the country's two largest retailers wouldn't let you haggle. Well, this isn't the case. There are times you can haggle, if you know what you're doing.</p> <ul> <li>Like other stores on this list, Walmart and Target will let you haggle on items that are damaged or dinged. On damaged items, you can get a <a href="http://consumerist.com/2010/08/09/its-never-too-late-to-haggle-even-at-target/">13% discount at Target</a>. I checked into this, and it's a standard figure that is often offered, especially if you received a damaged item from Target.com. So, if you are okay with the amount of damage the item has, ask for the discount. They will often apply it right there.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Food is very easy to negotiate on. Just like in the warehouse stores, Walmart and Target managers know that food that has reached its best-before-date is not going to be easy to sell. That's why you'll often see those &quot;manager's special&quot; stickers on meat and seafood. Well, just go and talk to a manager and ask for a discount on the food. They will usually apply a savings sticker right there. It can be anywhere from $3 off, to half price. If it's in questionable shape, or the packaging is beaten up, you can often get it for 75% off.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Discontinued items are another great way to save money. You can find out about them from websites, and armed with that knowledge you can ask for big discounts. You will also see them in bargain bins. The store wants them gone; they will negotiate.</li> </ul> <h2>9. Pawn Stores</h2> <p>You've seen Rick on Pawn Stars, so you know the score here. This is one of the few kinds of stores that actively encourages haggling, due to the nature of their &quot;buy low and sell high&quot; model. They want to engage you in negotiations, but this of course works both ways. You can get a deal, if you know how to approach them:</p> <ul> <li>Learn the pawn store discount codes, such as the <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5948519/crack-the-hidden-pawn-shop-price-codes-to-haggle-a-better-price#">codes from Pawn America</a>. Once you know the secret, you are instantly given a way to know how much the item can be discounted. Other pawn stores may have similar codes, so do your homework.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you're selling, make sure you know as much as you can about your item. And then, make sure <em>you </em>make the first offer, knowing that it will be countered by a much lower offer. One of the first rules of negotiation is that the person who sets the price controls the bidding.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Don't over-negotiate. The pawn store owner is running a business, and has to make a profit from the items he or she buys. Yes, they are ready to haggle, but if you offer them half of what the item is worth, they'll laugh you out of the store. When they say &quot;final offer,&quot; they mean it.</li> </ul> <h2>10. Thrift Stores</h2> <p>As someone who goes to thrift stores often, haggling is a great skill to have. Every thrift store is different, but having worked behind the scenes at Goodwill, I can tell you that the pricing is very loose. Some items are marked too low, and others too high. With that in mind...</p> <ul> <li>Look at the color-coded tags. If a color is on sale that week, it means it has been sitting on the shelf for a long time. Thrift stores have a high turnover, and want to make room for new merchandise constantly. These items are ready to go to something called salvage, and that means you have the ability to haggle the price.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Look carefully at the condition. Is it scratched, dented, or chipped? Does it work correctly? Did you find snags or holes that the pricer may have missed? Simply by pointing those things out, you can get a manager to knock a few bucks off the price.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use your smartphone to bring up the going rate of the item you want. If they have overpriced it, they'll usually bring it down to the price you show them. After all, they get all of their items for free, so it's all profit for the charity.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Ask for discounts on bulk purchases. I recently bought a set of four plates the same price that three would have cost me, simply because I asked for a discount if I took them all.</li> </ul> <h2>11. Department Stores</h2> <p>Despite what you may think, Nordstrom's, Macy's, Kohl's, and Dillard's are definitely open to haggling. Managers are open to a little negotiation, and are even authorized to go <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/16/business/more-retailers-see-haggling-as-a-price-of-doing-business.html?_r=2&amp;pagewanted=all">10% below a competitor's price</a>. Here's what you need to do to make sure you are in the discount zone.</p> <ul> <li>Price matching is key. If you find a blouse or a pair of shoes cheaper in another store, bring it up on your smartphone. They want your business, and they have numbers to hit. The price is not going to be much lower anyway, and they'd rather have less profit than no sale.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Sales happen all the time. Ask if the item you're looking for was recently on sale, or if it is coming on sale again soon. The store manager will often give you last week's sale price. You can also come back to a store when the item you bought at full price is now on sale, and ask for the difference as a refund. They will usually honor this.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Once again, scuffs, scratches, and dents are great haggling points.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use something called &quot;sticker shock.&quot; That means you're very interested in the item until the clerk reveals the price. If you are really taken aback, they will look into discounts for you. Sometimes, those discounts can be significant, especially on jewelry and watches.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Ask for extras to be thrown in for free. If you buy a suit, ask for a shirt and tie.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The golden rule with department stores &mdash; ask for the manager. They have the authority to offer bigger discounts, and if you are very polite, they often like to show how powerful they are by giving you a big fat discount.</li> </ul> <p><em>Where do you negotiate price?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/conversation-killers-what-s-holding-you-back-from-negotiating">Conversation Killers: What’s Holding You Back From Negotiating?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-you-should-learn-from-great-hagglers">10 Tricks You Should Learn From Great Hagglers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deal-killers-5-phrases-to-avoid-when-negotiating">Deal Killers: 5 Phrases to Avoid When Negotiating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-trick-salespeople">6 Ways to Trick Salespeople</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Shopping bargaining haggling negotiating sales sticker prices Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:00:26 +0000 Paul Michael 1401050 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things You Shouldn't Order on Amazon http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/online_shopping_000043524592.jpg" alt="Woman shopping on Amazon and not finding good deals" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I'm in the market to purchase, well, anything, I usually first check Amazon to find the best price. Over the years, however, I've noticed that I can't just use the site as a one-stop shop for everything on my list. Some things are simply cheaper elsewhere. (I've even started using the <a href="http://www.savings.com/pricejump">PriceJump</a> tool from Savings.com to compare Amazon prices against those at other retailers.) Here are five items that usually <em>aren't </em>cheapest on Amazon. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should?ref=seealso">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store</a>)</p> <h2>1. Groceries</h2> <p>Yes, you can order virtually anything on Amazon, including food. But examine those price tags first. I checked out a few staple items, like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZWLCZC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B003ZWLCZC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DE2XY356OYUJQOTV">Skippy Natural Peanut Butter</a>, which costs over $8 per container on the site. One commenter noted he could buy three jars of the same stuff at his local store for this price. I agree. Then my eyes bugged out of my head at the sight of a $7.99 box of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kix-dinirao-Cereal-12-oz/dp/B000VDSRV0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1426444426&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=kix+cereal">Kix Cereal</a> (12 ounces) that I recently purchased for under $3 in our breakfast aisle. Sure, it's convenient to get groceries delivered to your door step, but not at such a premium.</p> <h2>2. Personal Care Items</h2> <p>I was shocked when I went looking for my favorite container of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HK1ON0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000HK1ON0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KIVLRR2TJ3T2FZKE">Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap</a> only to find it costs several dollars more online than it does at my grocery store, even with free shipping. Some further investigation uncovered that the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LI6CDQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B004LI6CDQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6L4KM5YFPDCLZG5I">Neutrogena mascara</a> I use costs $11 on Amazon compared to the $9 I spend at the corner drug store. And today as I write this article, there's a buy one, get one 50% off sale with my Rite-Aid Wellness Card. The same <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016OCTLM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0016OCTLM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EJZKNDCACZDCWSTH">henna dye</a> I use to color my hair is an insane $50 on Amazon, versus the $25.95 I pay on Lush.com. (One area where Amazon wins? Sun care! Most sunscreens I use &mdash; organic and conventional &mdash; are several dollars less on the site.)</p> <h2>3. Cleaning Products</h2> <p>I find much better prices on cleaning supplies at discount clubs and big box stores. For example, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LUTVYA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000LUTVYA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=I2XOO3OHXDXGWUKG">Pledge Furniture Polish</a> costs over $5 (with $7.41 shipping) on Amazon, versus the $3.93 at our Walmart store. A four-count box of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001339ZMW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001339ZMW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=D2SUMBIXTEU5QBWF">Mr. Clean Magic Erasers</a> costs nearly $10 on Amazon, compared to just $3.47 at Walmart. The list goes on. Plus, you can save a ton on cleaning products by making your own at home, which is what we've done for all-purpose cleaner, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-diy-laundry-detergent-recipes">laundry detergent</a>, dish soap, dishwashing detergent, and more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-everything-with-just-3-all-natural-cleaners?ref=seealso">How to Clean Everything With Just 3 All-Natural Cleaners</a>)</p> <h2>4. Fitness Gear</h2> <p>I love my FitBit fitness tracker, but I snagged it at a low price with a coupon at Kohl's. On Amazon, this wristband is a competitive $88, but you can still save some cash by shopping elsewhere and taking advantage of sales or store incentives.</p> <h2>5. Clothing and More</h2> <p>When it comes to clothing, shoes, and other apparel, you'll need to go on a case-by-case basis and shop around. Online retailers, like 6pm.com, offer great deals on all the top designers and often have codes for extra savings. Using coupons and taking advantage of seasonal sales can yield better prices on everyday wear at your local store. Sometimes Amazon has some incredible deals, like 70% off this cute <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FQK4LCC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FQK4LCC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LEQBRYIKUHXJBKBD">Kenneth Cole Skylar dress</a> &mdash; just $30. Other times, not so much. This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SAUXDE2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00SAUXDE2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4OMDJ3B4UCJKLIR5">Calvin Klein baseball jacket</a> is $168 on Amazon, and $130 <a href="http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/calvin-klein-baseball-jacket?ID=1991108&amp;pla_country=US&amp;CAGPSPN=pla&amp;CAWELAID=120156340001568481&amp;catargetid=120156340001636759&amp;cadevice=c&amp;cm_mmc=Google_Mens_PLA-_-Men%27s+Apparel+-+Men%27s+Outerwear+-+GS_Calvin+Klein-_-70559928185_-_-_mkwid_btDxCFUh%7Cdc_70559928185%7C-%7CbtDxCFUh">on sale at Macy's</a>.</p> <p><em>This list isn't exhaustive by any means. We'd love to hear what items you've stopped buying on Amazon, or others that you won't buy anywhere else. Please leave your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-on-clothes">101 Ways to Save Money on Clothes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-outlet-shopping-hacks-that-will-save-you-big">10 Outlet Shopping Hacks That Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon bargains discounts sales Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1359516 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Stupid Shopping Mistakes Even Smart People Make http://www.wisebread.com/10-stupid-shopping-mistakes-even-smart-people-make <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-stupid-shopping-mistakes-even-smart-people-make" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lady_shopping_000011736667.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I bet you consider yourself a savvy shopper, and probably rightfully so. You search for online discount codes before checkout, pull up mobile coupons at the register, and buy in bulk when necessary. Yes, you're a veritable savings superstar &mdash; but I'm about ruin your day.</p> <p>Even the smartest shoppers make stupid mistakes &mdash; including me &mdash; by overlooking more savings opportunities right under their noses. That ends today. So you can smell what the Rox is cookin', take a look at these 10 buying blunders and change your spendthrift ways.</p> <h2>1. Not Stacking Coupons at Checkout</h2> <p>There's no question that you're using coupon codes at checkout when you're shopping online, but let's face it &mdash; that's amateur hour. Those of us in the major leagues know how to work the system to take advantage of the highest-level discount that we can possibly achieve.</p> <p>Take a recent purchase I made at Gap.com, for instance. I received a promo email touting 50% off one regular-price item, along with 35% off the rest of my purchase. I had to enter two separate codes for the deal. Since the system accepted two separate codes, I wondered if it would take a third, and I found a few online that seemed valid. The first one I entered was rejected, but the second one for an extra 10% off for card members was accepted. Since the system took three codes, I thought maybe it would take a fourth; free shipping &mdash; huzzah! By the time I checked out, I had reduced what was originally $222.75 to $80.79, and because I used my store card, I got reward points that will save me more on a future purchase.</p> <p>This won't work everywhere, mind you, since each retailer's system is different. But, like your momma always told you, you won't know until you try.</p> <h2>2. Bypassing the Refurbished Rack</h2> <p>I have to admit that I don't give much thought to refurbished products. I like the thought of having items that are new and untainted by grubby human hands because, well... they just make my soul feel right. Turns out I'm paying dearly for this snobbishness though, and I may have to reconsider.</p> <p>&quot;Not evaluating the refurbished sections at Sears, Best Buy, Dell, Apple, or other electronics retailers [is a mistake],&quot; says Phong Vu, CEO of DealScience. &quot;The electronics inside are almost always in tip-top shape and always come with a warranty &mdash; big red flag if there's no warranty. These aren't your dent-and-scratch items either. Nowadays, refurbished items look practically new.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Failing to Leverage Price Matching</h2> <p>This is a tactic I learned when I purchased an outdoor theater system for my home last summer. The salesperson at Best Buy told me he was going to consult the online store to see if there was a price difference between in-store and the website. (Nice guy, that one.) If there was a lower price, he would match it. There was, to my bank account's delight. As a result, I make sure to take advantage of this opportunity (if it exists) every time I make a high-price purchase wherever I shop.</p> <p>&quot;When Amazon came along, a lot of retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, and Target felt the price pressure,&quot; Vu explains. &quot;Each of these stores now matches Amazon (and each other) on price. Policies differ by store, so you'll need to read the fine print. In addition, Amazon even matches itself: If you find a lower price on an item you just bought within seven days, they'll give you a refund on the difference in price.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Shopping Like There's Wiggle Room in Your Budget</h2> <p>A lot of times we give up after we're satisfied that we've saved a certain amount &mdash; but is that the maximum amount you can keep for yourself? In some cases it isn't, which is why (if you're dedicated to recouping every last cent you can) you should buy like your budget depends on it (because it does). This is a particularly useful habit when you're booking travel.</p> <p>&quot;Savvy shoppers can utilize Airbnb, HomeAway, and other [short-term rental] sites on vacation for cheaper accommodations,&quot; Vu suggests. &quot;In many cases, you can rent a fully furnished house or apartment for less than your typical hotel chain, like Marriott or Hilton.&quot;</p> <p>As a short-term rental host myself, it's important for me to press this issue. Personally, I offer an entire two-story, three-bedroom home near the beach for less per night than local one-room hotel accommodations. I also undercut all the competition in my area and offer the most amenities, so my guests are truly getting their money's worth on their vacation accommodations.</p> <p>Remember, though, that this habit doesn't only apply to vacations. You should be shopping like there's no wiggle room in your budget on anything &mdash; from groceries to gym membership.</p> <h2>5. Buying Something Just Because It's on Sale</h2> <p>Even though I'm a personal finance expert, I'm still only human &mdash; and I'm guilty of falling prey to falling prices. There have been plenty of times that I've bought things just because they were on sale (hello, holiday decorations), and it's a character flaw that I'm actively trying to correct.</p> <p>I wonder if they have anonymous meetings for discount Christmas décor hoarders...</p> <p>&quot;Buying something solely because it is on sale is one of the best ways to waste your money,&quot; says Sarah Giller Nelson of Less is More organizers. &quot;Before you purchase something on sale, ask yourself if you would still buy it if it was full price. If the answer is no, then save your money for something to come along that you truly love.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;I see this a lot with my more creative clients,&quot; adds Katherine Trezise of Absolutely Organized. &quot;They purchase storage containers, decorative items, and craft supplies simply because they like the way they look and therefore assume they could use them &mdash; somehow, someday,&quot; she says. &quot;I encourage my clients to wait to shop for something until they are ready to put it into use or give it away. Someday is not a day of the week.&quot;</p> <p>Sage advice. These two are never allowed in my basement.</p> <h2>6. Not Negotiating Financing</h2> <p>This is another one of those why-didn't-I-think-of-this tips, but I understand how you can wave the white flag during the financing part of the deal after heavy price negotiating. You don't want to seem cheap or greedy &mdash; but that self-consciousness will cost you. Take the advice of millennial finance expert and author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RI0JE9I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00RI0JE9I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2QDCGFXUJO3YUHLT">The Broke and Beautiful Life</a><em>,</em> Stefanie O'Connell, and go in for the kill anyway. You'll thank yourself later.</p> <p>&quot;One major shopping blunder is working hard to find and negotiate the best price, but failing to apply that same strategy when it comes to financing the purchase,&quot; O'Connell says. &quot;On a mortgage, for example, many people take the first quote they get from their lender. It's far more likely that a negotiation of a few percentage points on the interest rate of a 15 to 30 year loan will pay off more than negotiating a few thousand dollars on closing costs.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Ignoring the Fine Print of Credit Cards</h2> <p>This probably seems like Shopping Savvy 101, but most of us pay more attention to the perks of a credit card than the fine print. This is precisely the purpose of all those attractive incentives: Dangle something shiny in front of your eyes, and you'll totally overlook the ruse. Consider this a reminder to keep your wits about you, especially at the cash wrap.</p> <p>&quot;Signing up for a store credit card may seem like a good idea for even the most savvy shoppers &mdash; who doesn't want 20% off their first purchase?&quot; asks Kevin Fleming, founder of Credit Forums. &quot;The truth is, however, that many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/store-credit-cards-that-dont-suck">store cards</a> have high interest rates, hidden fees, and lots of fine print. For example, many store cards offer a 0% introductory period with no interest if paid in full. This may seem like a great deal for those who want to finance a large purchase, like a new TV. But there's a huge catch: If you don't pay off your purchase by the end of the introductory period, you may owe deferred interest.&quot;</p> <p>In other words, don't apply for plastic without reading the fine print.</p> <h2>8. Costly Assumptions on Past Experiences</h2> <p>Has a retailer put a bad taste in your mouth because of its high prices? Have you avoided that retailer ever since? Well, you might be doing yourself a disservice.</p> <p>&quot;Comparing prices is a fundamental savings strategy, but sometimes assumptions get the best of us,&quot; warns Kendal Perez, savings expert at<a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com"> Coupo</a>n<a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com"> Sherpa</a>. &quot;For example, my mom purchased a griddle for my husband and me on Christmas, buying it from a local store in town. She was shocked to find it for $20 less at another local shop known for high prices, since she assumed it would cost more there.&quot;</p> <p>You know the saying: Old habits die hard &mdash; until you start bleeding cash.</p> <h2>9. Letting &quot;Vacation Brain&quot; Control Your Wallet</h2> <p>Deny it all you want, but we all know Perez is talking about you (and me):</p> <p>&quot;With Spring Break coming up, many of us will allow 'vacation brain' to take over and bust budgets on 'just one more drink' or a pricey excursion in the spirit of YOLO,&quot; she says.</p> <p>I often write about splurging on vacation &mdash; and sometimes that's okay &mdash; but you don't need to ball like a Rockefeller on every getaway. Unless, of course, you like eating powdered mac-and-cheese when you get home. Otherwise, reign it in, vacation like the average American you are, have a couple meals at Le Sizzler, and come home with change to spare.</p> <h2>10. Not Speaking Up When You've Been Overcharged</h2> <p>This is a foreign concept to me because I have a big mouth, but I can see how the meek and timid can get steamrolled if they're not careful. But if you stick with me, kid, you'll learn how to complain at the register and annoy everybody else in line just like the rest of us.</p> <p>&quot;Selecting something you think is on sale only to find it rings up for more is irritating, but failing to tell the cashier about it and buying the item anyway is not smart,&quot; Perez says. &quot;Whether it's a passive nature or not wanting to be 'that guy' holding up the line with a price check, staying silent can be costly.&quot;</p> <p><em>Do you have other stupid shopping mistakes that even smart people make? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-stupid-shopping-mistakes-even-smart-people-make">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-get-a-sale-price-match-at-16-popular-stores">Here&#039;s How to Get a Sale Price-Match at 16 Popular Stores</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-price-match-policies-you-should-be-wary-of">8 Price Match Policies You Should Be Wary Of</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/always-buy-airfare-on-tuesdays-and-7-other-calendar-shopping-secrets">Always Buy Airfare on Tuesdays and 7 Other Calendar Shopping Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping coupons price matching sales saving money Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:00:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1344239 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Outlet Shopping Hacks That Will Save You Big http://www.wisebread.com/10-outlet-shopping-hacks-that-will-save-you-big <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-outlet-shopping-hacks-that-will-save-you-big" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000041559806_Large.jpg" alt="girls shopping at the mall" title="girls shopping at the mall" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're an avid deal hunter like me, there is no doubt that outlet shopping can be a great way to save money. But in order to maximize your savings, you'll need to try these 10 outlet shopping hacks.</p> <h2>1. Know Your &quot;Outlet&quot; Store</h2> <p>&quot;Outlet&quot; stores come in three flavors: factory stores, actual outlet stores, and conventional retail stores. Always ask an associate what type of store you are shopping in to quickly figure out the type of deals you might find.</p> <h3>Factory Stores</h3> <p>Factory stores are locations that sell merchandise made specifically for the factory store. While the deals to be had can be quite good, be aware that often the merchandise is of lesser quality. I actually had a manager at an Eddie Bauer factory outlet tell me that the stitching is not as good compared to their regular stores and items typically won't last as long. In addition to Eddie Bauer, other examples include Gap, Banana Republic, and Gymboree.</p> <h3>Actual Outlet Stores</h3> <p>Actual outlet stores are locations that sell merchandise originally stocked in regular retail stores. Often products are last season's overstocks or have a small blemish on them. You can typically score a much better deal at outlet stores compared to factory stores. It is important to always examine products carefully to ensure quality. Popular examples of real outlet stores include REI, Coldwater Creek, and Lands' End.</p> <h3>Conventional Retail</h3> <p>Conventional retail locations dressed up as outlet stores are also prevalent. In an attempt to take advantage of popular locations and high foot-traffic, some retailers willingly buy space at outlet malls. The deals at these stores often match the deals found in their conventional retail counterparts. Examples include Old Navy, Merrell, Famous Footwear, Sunglass Hut, and American Eagle Outfitters.</p> <h2>2. Find Hidden Clearance Deals</h2> <p>Just because you're shopping at an outlet mall doesn't mean stores are without a clearance department. Typically, you'll have to walk past all of the full-priced merchandise to find the clearance section hidden in the rear of the store. If you can't find your size or color, ask an associate for assistance &mdash; they often have clearance items in the back that haven't been put out on the sales floor yet or were recently returned.</p> <h2>3. Practice Informed Couponing</h2> <p>When it comes to outlet shopping, not all coupons are created equal. Typically, coupons are created specifically for outlet or factory stores and regular in-store coupons won't be accepted. Check the coupon fine print to avoid the disappointment of a printable coupon being turned away at the register. Always do a Google search for &quot;Store Name OUTLET coupon&quot; before you head out to the store to make sure you find an applicable coupon.</p> <h2>4. Shop Holiday Weekends</h2> <p>Outlet stores are notorious for offering amazing sales on holiday weekends like Memorial Day, Labor Day, Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving. You'll often find entire outlet stores marked down 40%-50% off original prices. The parking lot can be quite full on holiday weekends, so it's advantageous to get there when the stores open to avoid the crowd.</p> <h2>5. Don't Buy Just Because You Made the Trip</h2> <p>All too often, shoppers get caught up in the mystique of outlet malls and feel they need to buy just because they made the drive. Don't fall prey to this mindset. Instead, shop with a list and a budget and stick to it. If the deals simply aren't there, then leave the store knowing that they eventually will be, especially on big holiday weekends.</p> <h2>6. Go Social and Save</h2> <p>Did you know that the majority of outlet centers have their own Facebook pages? Do a quick search for the Facebook page of the outlet mall you plan visit and get exclusive sale and coupon information.</p> <h2>7. Scope the Nike Outlet Hash Wall</h2> <p>The Nike Outlet is a big favorite with many outlet regulars, and many contain a far back wall referred to as the &quot;hash wall.&quot; There, they typically stock shoes that are marked down for a quick sale. What you see is what you get, so if you are not particular on style or color, it's a great place to score a deal.</p> <h2>8. Haggle the Price (When Appropriate)</h2> <p>You can absolutely haggle the price at a traditional outlet location where items are likely to have a blemish or be reconditioned. Politely point out the imperfection, ask for an extra 15% off, and be prepared to settle for a 10% discount. The bigger the imperfection, the better chance of success; especially if you are making a substantial purchase. The same goes for damaged packaging as stores realize they will have a tough time selling items at the advertised price. Give it a try and you may be pleasantly surprised with the result.</p> <h2>9. Shop for Next Season</h2> <p>A great way to save on outlet shopping is to stock up on apparel, shoes, and outerwear for the following year; especially when shopping for growing kids. When you stumble across an amazing deal, simply buy a size or two up and store for next year.</p> <h2>10. Be Aware of the Return Policy</h2> <p>The return policies at outlet shopping locations can often be kind of screwy, so always ask before they slide your credit card. Sometimes items are final sale with no refund available. Sometimes you can only return items to an outlet location, which, depending on how far you drove, can be a real pain. Always be aware of the store's return policy and shop accordingly.</p> <p><em>How do you take advantage of outlet malls to save money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-outlet-shopping-hacks-that-will-save-you-big">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday">For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/always-buy-airfare-on-tuesdays-and-7-other-calendar-shopping-secrets">Always Buy Airfare on Tuesdays and 7 Other Calendar Shopping Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping discounts factory outlet outlet mall sales Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:00:08 +0000 Kyle James 1324637 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Trick Salespeople http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-trick-salespeople <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-trick-salespeople" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/car-salesman-talking-466331663-small.jpg" alt="car salesman" title="car salesman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You have to deal with a salesperson to make a big purchase.</p> <p>It might be a refrigerator, a car, or even a house. Very often, you feel dissatisfied with the way a negotiation went. You may walk away feeling like you got taken for a ride, and that you had no defense for the wiles of the salesperson. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-laws-of-negotiation?ref=seealso">The 7 Laws of Negotiation</a>)</p> <p>Well, it's time to stop thinking about defense. It's time to turn the tables and start owning the outcome of your big purchases. To jumpstart your negotiations, learn these six ways to &quot;trick&quot; salespeople.</p> <h2>1. Buy Them a Cup of Coffee</h2> <p>Apply the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkyGOAWoYxA">rule of reciprocation</a> on salespeople.</p> <p>When you first encounter a salesperson, greet her with a small gift (something as small as a piece of gum) or do a small favor for her (open the door). The idea is that you are binding the person to return the favor.</p> <p>No matter where in the world you are, this is a trick that works in negotiation. No matter how cheap your gift is, it will dramatically improve your chances of getting what you want. For example, in a study restaurant servers who presented the check with a mint and then paused to give the customer a second mint and tell them that this one is just for them got a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/11/26/165570502/give-and-take-how-the-rule-of-reciprocation-binds-us">20% increase in their normal tips</a>.</p> <p>Ideally, buy them a mug of coffee, a cup of strong tea, or a can of Coke. Turns out that consumption of <a href="http://www.spring.org.uk/2010/11/caffeine-makes-us-easier-to-persuade.php">caffeine makes people much easier to persuade</a>. Just don't use the drinks from the waiting room; instead bring one from outside that &quot;is just for them.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Talk Fast at the Beginning</h2> <p>Right after you hand that free cup of coffee, get the talking going&hellip; fast!</p> <p><a href="http://psycnet.apa.org/?&amp;fa=main.doiLanding&amp;doi=10.1037/0022-3514.34.4.615">Fast talkers are perceived to be more persuasive</a>. The sweet point is about 195 words per minute, fast enough to force salespeople to focus, yet slow enough for them to still understand you. If you talk beyond 195 words, people start judging if you really know your stuff.</p> <p>If you keep a fast pace, people don't have enough time to come up with counter arguments. So, channel your inner <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeK5ZjtpO-M">John Moschitta</a> and start practicing that fast talk.</p> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NeK5ZjtpO-M" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <h2>3. Slow Down Once They Agree</h2> <p>However, once you have the salesperson agreeing with you, start slowing down. If you <a href="http://psp.sagepub.com/content/17/6/663">talk too fast to somebody that agrees with your message</a>, then you have the reverse effect as talking fast.</p> <p>Even when somebody welcomes your ideas, you need to give them time to evaluate your speech and agree with you more.</p> <p>This is when you slow down from 196 words per minute to about 144. If you talk slower than that, people start perceiving you not as persuasive again.</p> <h2>4. Curse Smartly</h2> <p>If you think that good negotiation skills and cursing don't go together, let me tell you that's some BS.</p> <p>This doesn't mean that you're going to open a can of potty mouth and spread it all over the place. The key is to <a href="http://www.niu.edu/user/tj0bjs1/papers/ss06.pdf">use the word &quot;damn&quot; towards the beginning or end of your speech</a>. The tactical use of this word significantly increases not only the persuasiveness of your speech, but also the perceived intensity of your words in the mind of the listener.</p> <p>Researchers theorize that the smart use of curse words gives the impression that you are being candid and not following somebody else's agenda.</p> <h2>5. Look &quot;Eye-to-Eye&quot;</h2> <p>Take a cue from waiters and waitresses on how to get what you want.</p> <p>A study from Cornell's School of Hotel Administration found several <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2004/08/24/commentary/everyday/sahadi/index.htm">techniques employed by servers to increase their tips</a>. One that stands out for our purposes is &quot;seeing eye-to-eye.&quot;</p> <p>This means to:</p> <ul> <li>Establish eye contact throughout your conversation;</li> <li>Bring your face closer to that of the salesperson;</li> <li>Position yourself so that your eyes are at the same height;</li> <li>Mimic the salesperson's body language and posture.</li> </ul> <h2>6. Learn the Four Square System</h2> <p>Think of good salespeople and you're likely to think of car salespeople.</p> <p>You might not like some of their techniques, but in the end they do a decent job at getting you to buy a car. A cornerstone of their technique is the four square system.</p> <p>The main idea of this worksheet is to take the attention from the total price and focus the entire conversation on the monthly payment. Any good car salesperson knows that you can wiggle the monthly payment without lowering the total price. For example, you can:</p> <ul> <li>Increase the number of payments;</li> <li>Provide a bigger down payment;</li> <li>Accept a bigger value for a trade-in.</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://arthurfontes.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Use-The-Four-Square-System-To-Sell-Cars">Read this confessional from a car salesman</a> on how to work the four square worksheet so that you can use it towards your advantage, or simply &quot;flip the table&quot; by demanding that it is not used in your negotiation at all.</p> <p><em>What is your favorite way to &quot;trick&quot; salespeople?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-trick-salespeople">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-laws-of-negotiation">The 7 Laws of Negotiation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/it-pays-to-be-late-7-awesome-things-you-can-get-cheaper-at-the-last-minute">It Pays to Be Late: 7 Awesome Things You Can Get Cheaper at the Last Minute</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Shopping deals haggling negotiation sales salespeople Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Damian Davila 1210856 at http://www.wisebread.com This Is the One Skill You Need If You Want to Work for Yourself http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-the-one-skill-you-need-if-you-want-to-work-for-yourself <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-is-the-one-skill-you-need-if-you-want-to-work-for-yourself" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-167146229.jpg" alt="man" title="man" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanks to popular media and the glamorous success of entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, and even Mark Cuban, the idea of entrepreneurship is all the rage these days.</p> <p>A 2012 study showed that 54% of <a href="http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/2012/11/an-entrepreneurial-generation-of-18-to-34yearolds-wants-to-start-companies-when-economy-rebounds-according-to-new-poll">millenials want to start a business</a>, despite only 8% actually running a business at the time of the survey. When we think of entrepreneurship, words like &quot;freedom,&quot; &quot;wealth,&quot; &quot;passion,&quot; or &quot;fame&quot; might come to mind. We love the idea of being our own boss and the sole beneficiary of our own labor. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/starting-your-dream-business-is-easier-than-you-think-heres-how?ref=seealso">Starting a Dream Business Is Easier Than You Think</a>)</p> <p>Few, however, understand what entrepreneurship really is. At its core, being an entrepreneur comes down to your ability to make one key sale.</p> <h2>You're the Product</h2> <p>Think of a sales pitch. The presenters walk in, introduce themselves, and pitch their product. Each of you have a product to sell, and the product is... wait for it... you!</p> <p>Regardless of profession, we are all required to sell ourselves in some capacity. In the context of our lives, we are our own most valuable product.</p> <p>For entrepreneurs, the ability to sell themselves is their single most important skill. At no point do entrepreneurs stop selling.</p> <ul> <li>Product pitch? Selling</li> <li>Investor meeting? Selling</li> <li>Top talent hiring? Selling</li> <li>Customer acquisition? Selling</li> </ul> <p>If you've ever attempted to acquire a small business loan, you know your business plan is only half the story. The bank wants to know if YOU are a good investment. Ever watch Shark Tank? Those investors will laugh at a product and then fork over $100k, simply because the entrepreneur was able to sell him or herself well.</p> <p>The truth is you cannot be a successful entrepreneur without the ability sell your most valuable product &mdash; you.</p> <h2>How to Sell Your Most Valuable Product</h2> <p>So what does it look like to &quot;sell&quot; yourself like a product? How can you influence people to buy into you?</p> <h3>1. Identify Your Value Proposition</h3> <p>Your &quot;value proposition&quot; is a fancy way of describing your selling point. What makes you uniquely valuable? What specifically do you have to offer? What makes you irreplaceable?</p> <p>If you think you don't have a value proposition, you're wrong! No one else on Earth has the exact same combination of experiences and talents as you. You might need to spend some time investing in yourself (acquiring education, skills, and experience), but you have something to offer. Identify it! And then offer it!</p> <h3>2. Fall in Love With Yourself</h3> <p>The best sales people truly believe in their product. They know it inside and out and can't stop talking about it. Once you've identified your unique selling point, it's time to fall in love with yourself. It's time to get excited about you!</p> <p>If you don't believe in yourself, there's a better than average chance no one else will, either. Don't limit this idea to the positive thinking routine. When I'm confident in myself, I impart that confidence to others. People around me get a gut feeling that I have what it takes. Confidence and passion are infectious.</p> <p>Don't sell yourself short. Get excited about you!</p> <h3>3. Get Out There and Sell</h3> <p>Success in sales is all about playing the numbers.</p> <p>Entrepreneurs know the more people they pitch their product to, the more customers they'll acquire. You'll never accomplish your dreams from the couch.</p> <p>Selling requires action. You have go put yourself out there. You always have to risk a &quot;no&quot; if you want a shot at getting a &quot;yes.&quot; In five years, you probably won't regret &quot;wasting&quot; a day on failed interviews. You might not feel the same way about those daily six hours of television.</p> <h3>4. Always Be Closing</h3> <p>This old sales adage is a classic for a reason. Every successful salesman and entrepreneur knows you can't make a sale without closing. The close is the point in your pitch where you bring your audience to a point of decision. This is of the utmost importance. You have to bring people to a decision. You have to request them to take an actionable step.</p> <p>Without the close, the presentation was nothing more than an informational experience. Your audience now knows about one more thing they'll never buy. But the close changes everything. As you convince others to buy into you, bring them to a point of action. Require a response.</p> <p>I've witnessed firsthand the power of this technique. At the beginning of my career, I&rsquo;d send informative emails out to prospective clients, detailing my experience and inquiring about their needs. I&rsquo;d hear back from 1 in 15... maybe.</p> <p>The entire goal of my emails wasn&rsquo;t to get hired. It was simply to achieve a response. I realized that describing my qualifications just offered another sheet of information for the recipient to glance at and move on. I wasn't closing in my copy.</p> <p>So I changed my approach. I started using wording that forced the reader to form an opinion and influenced a response. Sometimes it was a direct pitch, other times a suggestion, question, or offer. Each target requires a slightly different approach, but the point is, I&rsquo;m attempting to close the target within my email.</p> <p>This change in approach has increased my response rate to 1 in 5. For segments where I&rsquo;ve discerned a trending problem I can fix, it's as high as 1 in 2.</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>The point is, if you want to be successful, you must be willing and able to sell yourself like a luxury product. The sales process can be applied to virtually any business relationship (I'd advise you to leave it out of your personal ones). You are your own most valuable product, and you&rsquo;ll never stop selling.</p> <p><em>Are you considering starting your own business? Have you thought about how you are going to sell yourself?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jacob-mcmillen">Jacob McMillen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-the-one-skill-you-need-if-you-want-to-work-for-yourself">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/starting-your-dream-business-is-easier-than-you-think-heres-how">Starting Your Dream Business Is Easier Than You Think — Here&#039;s How</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cant-get-a-bank-loan-8-other-ways-to-finance-your-business">Can&#039;t Get A Bank Loan? 8 Other Ways To Finance Your Business</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-inspiring-stories-of-normal-people-building-a-thriving-online-store">4 Inspiring Stories of Normal People Building a Thriving Online Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-signs-its-time-to-make-your-side-gig-your-career">6 Signs It&#039;s Time to Make Your Side Gig Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship business sales small business starting a business Fri, 23 May 2014 08:00:44 +0000 Jacob McMillen 1140156 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Get Someone to Say "Yes" http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-get-someone-to-say-yes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-get-someone-to-say-yes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/thumbs-up-474875961.jpg" alt="thumbs up" title="thumbs up" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Negotiating can be an art form in itself. Often, we get in situations where we need someone else to give in so that we can move forward, and knowing how to get someone on your side can be an essential tool in life. Here are some ways to get someone to say &quot;Yes.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-negotiate-higher-pay-at-your-next-new-job?ref=seealso">Negotiating Higher Pay at Your Next Job</a>)</p> <h2>1. Sell the Benefit, Not the Feature</h2> <p>I run a company that manufacturers skin care products. Do you know what we sell? Products that create aromatherapy experiences with luxurious scent fusions that are unique and complex. Do you know what we don't sell? Soap.</p> <p>When you're trying to get someone to say &quot;Yes&quot; you need to think &quot;What's in it for them? What's the benefit?&quot; I can tell you all about my company and our soap, but if I want to sell it to you, then I have to tell you what the soap does for <em>you</em> and what benefits <em>you</em> will get from it if you buy our product.</p> <p>Learn to think of your negotiation as a sale of benefits for the other person, and you'll have a better chance of them coming around. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-negotiate-with-confidence-and-strike-the-best-deal?ref=seealso">Negotiate With Confidence</a>)</p> <h2>2. Ask Questions</h2> <p>In college I worked for an environmental group that would call members when it was time for them to renew their memberships. The call would involve updating them on our victories, discussing the new campaign we were working on, then asking them to write a letter to their representative in the Senate or Congress, and then donating to our cause to keep their membership active. This group was involved in active political campaigning, so we weren't a tax deductible membership. We had to talk our members into taking time out of their day to write a letter and then give us money that they could not write off as a charitable contribution. How did we do it? We asked them questions to keep them involved in the conversation:</p> <ul> <li> <p>&quot;Can you see why this is important?&quot;</p> </li> <li> <p>&quot;Can we count on you again?&quot;</p> </li> <li> <p>&quot;Does that make sense to you?&quot;</p> </li> </ul> <p>Our questions helped create a pattern of the member saying &quot;Yes&quot; during the call and also helped us to handle any objections ahead of time before we got to the membership contribution question.</p> <p>During your negotiation, make sure to keep it a conversation and ask questions that can help you establish a pattern of them saying &quot;Yes,&quot; or help clear any doubt about why they should say &quot;Yes&quot; to you.</p> <h2>3. Nod, Even If You're on the Phone</h2> <p>Nodding after asking a question creates a subconscious pattern of agreement, much like establishing the pattern of &quot;Yeses&quot; I talked about above. When you nod while asking a question, it makes you feel more confident (because you're acknowledging the positive outcome) and helps to convey that to the person you're talking to, even if it's over the phone. Try it. Ask yourself a question and then ask yourself the same question, while slightly nodding. You may notice your voice comes down at the end of the question instead of up, which shows confidence and helps to convey that your question is more of a fact than an assumption. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-fearless-and-do-what-you-want?ref=seealso">How to Be Fearless</a>)</p> <h2>4. Acknowledge the Choice They Have</h2> <p>In a perfect world, the thing we need someone to say &quot;Yes&quot; to is the only option for them, but that usually isn't the case. Having a well-rounded argument will help to sell your side, especially if you acknowledge that there are other options. Pretending that you've got the only solution will make you appear stubborn or bull-headed, and worse, it will make you less knowledgeable on how to handle their objections. Try to see their side from all angles, learn what could be preventing them from saying &quot;Yes,&quot; and explain that you know there are other choices, but here is why your option is the best choice for them.</p> <h2>5. Listen to What They're Saying</h2> <p>One of the most important things to remember is that negotiation is a conversation. Remember to listen to the other party so that you can adequately address concerns, and talk <em>with</em> them instead of <em>to</em> them. Creating a sense of give and take will help you to relate your side of the story to them and help tailor the benefits to their circumstances.</p> <p><em>How do you get what you want out of a negotiation? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/megan-brame">Megan Brame</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-get-someone-to-say-yes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-little-words-that-will-get-you-the-best-price-every-time">10 Little Words That Will Get You the Best Price, Every Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-trick-salespeople">6 Ways to Trick Salespeople</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seller-concessions-and-buyer-bargains-what-to-ask-for-in-the-current-real-estate-market">Seller concessions and buyer bargains - What to ask for in the current real estate market.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips negotiating persuasion sales Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:48:26 +0000 Megan Brame 1133198 at http://www.wisebread.com For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-5228206-small.jpg" alt="woman with shopping bags" title="woman with shopping bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. And while your weekend plans probably include a final hurrah at the beach and perhaps a quick cameo at a few cookouts, don't forget to hit your local retail malls. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-store-sales-cycle-your-monthly-guide-to-clearance-prices">The Store Sales Cycle)</a></p> <p>Any holiday is an excuse to shop as retailers advertise big sales and clearances on just about everything. But like most shoppers, you may feel that Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer more bang for your buck.</p> <p>Sure, if you have the patience to fight crowded retail lines, plus the willpower to wake up at 4 a.m. for doorbuster sales, you can score amazing discounts on Black Friday. But don't set your alarm clock so fast. Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, but according to data released by Shop It to Me, a personalized shopping website, Labor Day might offer better discounts &mdash; and not just on last-minute back-to-school items. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store">Back-to-School Items You Should Always Shop for at the Thrift Store</a>)</p> <p>The website analyzed &quot;nearly 700,000 markdowns throughout 2011 from over 150+ online retailers&quot; and ranked Labor Day as the best shopping holiday for deals, with average discounts around 48.4%. According to the survey, Black Friday/Cyber Monday discounts only averaged 41%-42%.</p> <p>But seriously, Labor Day? Other experts agree.</p> <p>&quot;Labor Day is like Last Chance Saloon for great deals every year,&quot; says Mark Ellwood, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008EKOLRQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008EKOLRQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20" target="_blank">Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discount World</a>. &quot;The reason is simple: most Black Friday/Cyber Monday offers are artificial &mdash; or, more accurately, the merchandise isn't exactly marked down, but rather bought in specially and always intended to be sold on-sale.&quot;</p> <p>Although the majority of consumers are not likely to associate Labor Day with huge shopping sales, it's &quot;the ultimate clearance opportunity.&quot;</p> <p>With cooler temperatures right around the corner and the holiday season quickly approaching, retailers are in a mad dash to clear summer stock and make room for the arrival of new merchandise &mdash; even if it means letting items go at unbelievable discounts.</p> <p>Of course, the selection of sale or clearance items during Labor Day is small when compared to the selection at the beginning of the summer season. But if you find what you're looking for, &quot;splurge as much as you can over Labor Day, buy as many gifts for the holiday as you can, and then keep your wallet closed until November,&quot; says Ellwood.</p> <h2>Where to Spend Your Money This Labor Day</h2> <p>So, what exactly should you splurge on this holiday weekend? According to Brad Wilson, CEO of BradDeals.com, a coupon and savings website, this is the best time to score huge deals on last season's items, such as summer clothes, patio furniture and other outdoor accessories. &quot;Buy now, stash them away for next year, and save.&quot;</p> <p>Kids can never have too many pairs of jeans for school. And since retailers typically stock up on denim in preparation for back-to-school, &quot;there are still piles of blue jeans lingering in stock rooms, and stores respond accordingly,&quot; according to Ellwood. &quot;The annual denim discount period kicks off at Labor Day.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-buy-jeans-on-the-cheap">Buy Jeans on the Cheap</a>)</p> <p>Labor Day bargains, however, don't stop with clothes and outdoor supplies.</p> <p>Now's also the time to shop if you're in the market for new appliances: washers, dryers, stoves, etc. &quot;Most new white goods models are issued in September and October, which of course means that last year's models &mdash; which usually look 99.9% the same as the new ones &mdash; are marked down significantly at this period.&quot;</p> <p>The savings also applies to cookware, a staple of Black Friday markdowns. &quot;The deals on Labor Day are as good, if not better, than later in the year.&quot;</p> <h2>Snagging the Best Discounts on Labor Day</h2> <ul> <li>Don't be afraid to open your mouth and ask for additional savings. The sales associate or manager will either say yes or no &mdash; you've got nothing to lose. For example, if you're buying two pairs of jeans, maybe you can ask for a multi-buy markdown, suggests Ellwood. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deal-killers-5-phrases-to-avoid-when-negotiating">5 Phrases to Avoid When Negotiating</a>)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Retailers take a hit each time a consumer uses a credit card, as much as 3%-4% per transaction. Use this knowledge to your advantage and ask the retailer to discount the price of a higher ticket item if you agree to pay in cash.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use automated services to take the stress out of bargain hunting. Sign up for free services &mdash; like <a href="http://www.shopittome.com/">Shopittome.com</a> &mdash; that will track your favorite brands and notify you of sales. &quot;Pre-select everything from brand to color to trend and wait for the deals to roll in.&quot; Additionally, create a Twitter handle or email account specifically for shopping and subscribe to your favorite retailer's feeds and email clubs. This is a convenient, reliable way to learn about the day's sales and receive exclusive coupon codes.</li> </ul> <p><em>Will you be shopping this weekend? Do you have tips for other Labor Day shoppers? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stampede-death-walmart-black-friday">How many human lives is a flat panel TV worth?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-your-credit-card-will-save-you-money-while-holiday-shopping">11 Ways Your Credit Card Will Save You Money While Holiday Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secrets-to-scoring-the-best-price-when-buying-on-ebay">7 Secrets to Scoring the Best Price When Buying on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-outlet-shopping-hacks-that-will-save-you-big">10 Outlet Shopping Hacks That Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping black friday discounts labor day sales shopping Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:36:28 +0000 Mikey Rox 981584 at http://www.wisebread.com Money-Making Lessons From the Girl Scouts http://www.wisebread.com/money-making-lessons-from-the-girl-scouts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/money-making-lessons-from-the-girl-scouts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gs.jpg" alt="Girl Scouts pose with cases of cookies." title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My living room has been stacked high with cases of Girl Scout cookies for the past month, I've created a spreadsheet that looks like the blueprint to a Dr. Seuss house, and my day is frequently interrupted by phone negotiations over trading a &quot;Dulce&quot; for a &quot;Savannah.&quot;</p> <p>Yep, I'm a cookie mom.</p> <p>Despite my moments of doubt &mdash; &quot;Are all these hours really worth the amount of money this fundraiser puts in our troop bank account?&quot; &mdash; I've come to love most aspects of cookie season. I've even learned a thing or two about money and sales from the well oiled machine known as the Girl Scout Cookie Program. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/timeless-money-lessons-from-teens">Timeless Money&nbsp;Lessons From&nbsp;Teens</a>)</p> <h2>1. You Can't Get a &quot;Yes&quot; If You Don't Ask</h2> <p>During cookie manager training, I learned that <a href="http://www.gscsnj.org/Forms%20&amp;%20Documents/Cookie/Troops/Cookie%20Program%20Troop%20Guide.pdf">85% of people who are asked to buy Girl Scout cookies say yes</a> (PDF). However, only 35% of people are asked. If a sales team with millions of unpaid child workers has that large of an untapped market, think how much untapped potential your own business or endeavor might have!</p> <h2>2. It Pays to Set Goals</h2> <p>One great thing about the Girl Scout Cookie Program is that Girl Scouts are supposed to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/the_five_skills.asp">set their own goals</a> for what activities they want their earnings to fund and figure out how many cookies they need to sell to meet those goals. The process is encouraging me to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/goal-setting-defined-and-deconstructed">do more purposeful goal setting</a> for my own money earning activities.</p> <h2>3. Lead With What You Have</h2> <p>This is actually a piece of advice our troop got from a kind shopper as we stood outside a local grocery store. Our Scouts were keeping a close tally on what varieties we had run out of, and when shoppers asked what we had, they'd recite, &quot;We're out of Trefoils, we're out of Do-Si-Dos ...&quot; before finally getting to the many varieties of cookies we still had for sale.</p> <p>&quot;Hey, girls,&quot; our shopper said, getting out his wallet. &quot;Lead with what you have, not what you don't have.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Be Persistent</h2> <p>The Girl Scouts have come up with a great way to counter excuses like, &quot;I don't eat sweets&quot; or &quot;I already bought cookies.&quot; It's called a <a target="_blank" href="http://girlscoutsla.org/pages/product_sales/goc1.html">Gift of Caring</a>, and it means that you can pay for a box of cookies to be donated to a food pantry or military unit &mdash; with a percentage going to the troop just like with a regular sale. It takes some moxie for little girls to hear &quot;no&quot; and come back with, &quot;You could give a Gift of Caring instead!&quot; but I have seen it pay off again and again.</p> <h2>5. Don't Save All Your Accounting for the Last Minute</h2> <p>The Girl Scouts wisely break up their cookie season into bite-sized chunks, asking troops to make deposits throughout the season so that they don't find themselves at the end of the sales period owing thousands that they haven't collected. This would be such a good idea in all our financial planning &mdash; if you need to make a $10,000 tuition payment in September, schedule yourself four quarterly bank deposits of $2,500 each to make sure it's all in order when the time comes.</p> <h2>6. Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds You</h2> <p>Girls Scouts are always supposed to leave a place nicer and cleaner than we find it, but at cookie manager training we were warned to be especially vigilant about this when it comes to selling cookies in public locations. When selling in front of stores, we are admonished not to leave our empty cases lying around or even taking up space in the host business's recycling bin. Most important, if Starbucks is nice enough to let us sell cookies by their front door, we don't stand around drinking coffee or hot cocoa from other shops.</p> <h2>7. Make Every Member of Your Organization Accountable</h2> <p>In our area, every parent in the troop signs a responsibility form acknowledging that they owe every penny of cash for the cookies their daughter takes to sell. Parents who volunteer must be fingerprinted and get a background check from the local police. Every time cookies or money change hands from troop to members and back again, a receipt is issued.</p> <p>This all may seem like overkill until you realize that our little troop is currently in possession of $6,000 in cookies and cash. Scout's honor is great, but when we are talking about thousands of dollars, receipts and fingerprints are great backup.</p> <h2>8. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate</h2> <p>When I first got involved in the cookie sale, I was shocked at how much work is involved for parents, especially when the girls are young. But it all gets done despite the volunteers' jobs, parenting responsibilities, and everything else they have to do. It gets done most easily in troops &mdash; like ours, luckily &mdash; where all the families share the work. If I ever <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-youre-not-as-happy-as-youd-like-to-be">find myself getting overwhelmed</a>, it's usually because I have not taken time to ask the other parents if they could take over one of the tasks I'm juggling.</p> <h2>9. Remember the Big Picture</h2> <p>When I get home from spending three hours outdoors with a group of increasingly rambunctious third grade girls and count up how many cookies we sold, I'm tempted to calculate our troop's earnings on a per-hour, per-adult basis. This often amounts to less than minimum wage, which discourages me.</p> <p>However, other Girl Scout parents remind me that there is more to the sale than our troop earnings. There is all the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/the_five_skills.asp">great experience our girls are getting</a> with earning the money to fund their own activities. Then there is the fact that money from every box sold goes back to our local council to fund activities for all girls in our region. When I got my summer Girl Scout camp catalog, it laid out the difference between what parents are required to pay and the true cost of providing the camp sessions. Girl Scout Cookie sales <a target="_blank" href="http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/faq.asp">subsidize camps and other great activities</a> that many girls could not afford otherwise.</p> <h2>10. Don't Over-Estimate Sales</h2> <p>If you order more cookies than your troop can sell, you'll be scrambling to avoid literally &quot;eating&quot; the loss. This is a lesson that even a regional Girl Scout council found out when some cookies they returned to the baker &mdash; as allowed in their contract &mdash; turned into a black mark on the Scouts' public image. The baker had <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57569638/destruction-of-unsold-girl-scout-cookies-sparks-debate-in-california/">unexpired cookies destroyed instead of donated</a>, and the news media had a field day.</p> <h2>11. You Must Understand Opportunity Cost</h2> <p>Once a troop has picked up its initial cookie order, the volunteers involved have the option to order and pick up more cases. Whether to do so requires some guesswork and calculation &mdash; are the potential additional earnings <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-pay-in-time">worth the adult's time</a> and gas to fetch more cookies, and the girls' time to sell them?</p> <p>&quot;I thought about ordering two additional cases for a booth sale because I'm pretty sure we'd sell them,&quot; said Marta Segal Block, a troop cookie manager in Oak Park, Ill., who blogs at <a target="_blank" href="http://advicefrommarta.com/">Advice from Marta</a>. &quot;But really, even if we did that's only $17 or so, so it isn't worth the trouble to order the cases just for that. But, if we had a third booth sale and ordered another 10 cases, then it would seem worth it.&quot;</p> <p><em>Have you ever taken part in a GSA cookie sale or similar fund raising effort? Did you learn any money and sales lessons?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/money-making-lessons-from-the-girl-scouts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-places-teens-and-adults-can-learn-about-money">7 Places Teens (and Adults) Can Learn About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-financially-educate-your-children">How to Financially Educate Your Children</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-kids-can-teach-us-about-money">12 Ways Kids Can Teach Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marketing-messes-with-your-head">Marketing Messes With Your Head</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance children and money girl scout cookies marketing sales Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:30:10 +0000 Carrie Kirby 968126 at http://www.wisebread.com Why People Go Crazy on Black Friday http://www.wisebread.com/why-people-go-crazy-on-black-friday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/why-people-go-crazy-on-black-friday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hiding-in-clothing-rack-iStock_000020007659Small.jpg" alt="hiding in clothing rack" title="hiding in clothing rack" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For many bargain-hunting Americans, the day after Thanksgiving is perhaps one of the most important holidays of the year &mdash; even though Black Friday is not officially recognized on any calendar. The opportunity to get Christmas shopping done at a discount is just too much temptation for the many shoppers who might otherwise be spending the wee hours of that Friday sleeping off a tryptophan-and-pumpkin-pie hangover.</p> <p>But Black Friday isn&rsquo;t just about bargains and deals. Often shoppers will find themselves spending more than they intended on items they don&rsquo;t really want. In addition, otherwise civil individuals may find themselves pushing and shoving fellow shoppers over coveted merchandise. And in the worst cases, shoppers and employees have been hurt and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/business/29walmart.html?pagewanted=all">even killed</a> in stampedes to get to cheap video game consoles and laptops. These are not the actions of rational individuals.</p> <p>As easy as it might be to simply look down our noses at those involved in the most egregious excesses of Black Friday, the sad truth is that human psychology primes all of us to potentially act in the same way. And of course, retailers are savvy enough to recognize our baser impulses and take advantage of them. Here are the five psychological quirks that retailers exploit and we blindly follow on Black Friday, often to the detriment of our wallets, our dignity, and potentially our very hides. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/party-like-its-1999-the-psychology-of-pricing">Party Like It's 19.99: The Psychology of Pricing</a>)</p> <h3>1. Time Pressure Makes Us Act Without Thinking</h3> <p>Even if you generally take your time to research and think about big purchases, the idea that a sale is for a limited time can make you forget your usual deliberate approach.</p> <p>For example, you might be thinking about buying yourself a flat screen TV, but you would like to do some research and comparison shopping. If you happen to be in a store with an incredible one-day sale on their flat screen TVs, your plans to research your purchase are likely to go out the window. You would hate to miss out on big savings because you were being too deliberate, wouldn&rsquo;t you?</p> <p>Art Markman of <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ulterior-motives/201011/the-psychology-time-pressured-sales">Psychology Today</a> explains that when stores offer the time pressure of Black Friday only sales (or sales only within a certain window on Black Friday), it affects what psychologists Arie Kruglanski and Donna Webster have called a &quot;need for closure.&quot; This concept refers to an individual&rsquo;s need to finish with a decision process and subsequently take action. Some people have a high need for closure, meaning they want to make their decision quickly and move on, while those with a low need for closure are more comfortable thinking carefully through each decision before taking action.</p> <p>What happens when retailers put a time limit on their bargains is that it raises the need for closure, even for normally low-need-for-closure shoppers. Since the retailer has created a sense of urgency for the shoppers to take advantage of a good price, those shoppers are less likely to spend time carefully thinking through their purchases.</p> <p>And this is why you may find yourself wondering why on Earth you put five crock pots in your cart on Black Friday when no one on your Christmas list cooks. You are reacting to the low price and urgent time limit rather than taking the time to think about whether this is a good purchase.</p> <h3>2. Doorbusters Play on Our Fear of Losing Out</h3> <p>Most chain retail stores will offer an incredible deal on a couple of big-ticket items. The problem with these doorbusters is that the stores generally only have limited quantities in stock &mdash; as low as <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/The-Facts-Behind-15-Black-Friday-Myths-/510992.html">10 guaranteed units per store</a>. Not only does the advertised item get you up and waiting outside the store with the slavering hordes first thing in the morning, but its very scarcity really primes your competitive instinct. You want to beat out all the other suckers in line.</p> <p>And if you are one of those suckers who misses out on the doorbuster? Very few people will then head home in a huff after losing out on the advertised sale. If you&rsquo;ve already dragged your rear end out of bed at 0-dark-30 the day after Thanksgiving, you might as well do some shopping. Your fear that you have gotten up early for nothing can lead you to making purchases you didn&rsquo;t intend.</p> <p>In addition, the doorbuster&rsquo;s incredibly low price might convince you that the rest of the merchandise at the store is also on sale, even if you don&rsquo;t have any idea if that&rsquo;s true.</p> <h3>3. Competition for Merchandise Makes Us Enjoy the Hunt Even More</h3> <p>We all get a charge out of saving money. Add in the potential competition of every other early-rising Black Friday shopper, and it turns a mundane activity &mdash; shopping &mdash; into a pleasurable one.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-small-business/new-research-reveals-the-reasons-we-shop-on-black-friday/2011/11/23/gIQA9lghoN_story_1.html">Sang-Eun Byun</a>, assistant professor of consumer affairs at Auburn University, the competition of other shoppers &ldquo;creates what&rsquo;s called hedonic shopping value, or a sense of enjoyment from the mere process of buying goods.&rdquo;</p> <p>Retailers take advantage of this sense of pleasurable competition by limiting the number of doorbusters and loss leaders and by adding time pressure. They create a sense of implied scarcity by imposing these limits, which engages our hoarding and hunting instincts.</p> <p>Shoppers can take great pleasure in figuring out the best ways to take advantage of retailers&rsquo; limits, as it makes them feel superior to other shoppers. Actually buying the sought-after item feels like winning.</p> <p>Unfortunately, shopping competition can lead to even darker behavior.</p> <h3>4. Planning Your Shopping Strategy Can Make You More Prone to Misbehavior</h3> <p>You might remember the California woman in 2011 who pepper sprayed her fellow Wal-Mart shoppers at the very beginning of Black Friday sales last year. What got less coverage was the fact that this walking affront to Miss Manners <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2011-11-26/us/us_california-pepper-spray-suspect_1_pepper-spray-woman-surrenders-video-game?_s=PM:US">turned herself in</a> 24 hours after the pepper-spraying incident. Presumably, she had come to her senses by then.</p> <p>According to psychologist <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-small-business/new-research-reveals-the-reasons-we-shop-on-black-friday/2011/11/23/gIQA9lghoN_story_1.html">Jane Boyd Thomas</a>, it&rsquo;s likely that the pepper-sprayer had planned her shopping strategy and mapped out her route through the store. Thomas&rsquo;s research into the consumer psychology of Black Friday showed a correlation between those shoppers who strategically planned out their shopping expedition and those who engaged in rowdy behavior.</p> <p>While most shopping misbehavior is limited to nasty looks, rude hand gestures, and the occasional scuffle over an item, it does not change the fact that normally polite individuals may find themselves acting in ways that would shock their grandmothers on Black Friday. Having a vision of how your bargain-hunting triumph will play out can apparently make you more aggressive when other bargain hunters get in your way. Your dashed hopes for a successful &ldquo;hunt&rdquo; can lead to negative behavior.</p> <h3>5. A Store&rsquo;s Environment Can Put You in a Buying Mood</h3> <p>Retailers recognize that making sure you&rsquo;re in the right mindset to shop will improve their profit margin. Everything from the crowds to the store décor to the music playing over the loudspeaker to the scent of warm cookies filling the air can help to convince you to stay longer and spend more money. This is particularly true during holiday shopping, as Christmas has a warm-and-fuzzy connotation and mood for most shoppers &mdash; and especially those shoppers who are likely to go to the stores on Black Friday.</p> <p>As Stephanie Pappas reports in <a href="http://www.livescience.com/10290-black-friday-psychology-mad-deals.html">LiveScience</a>, studies have shown that &ldquo;positive feelings make products seem more desirable.&rdquo; By taking advantage of holiday mood-setters like Christmas carols and decorations, retailers prime their shoppers to feel upbeat and excited for the holiday, which can make them purchase more.</p> <p>The fact that so many other people are out shopping with you can also make you feel positively about the coming holiday. It positions you as all celebrating the holiday together &mdash; even if you are at the moment in competition for specific gifts.</p> <p>And the psychology of smell is such that a pleasant scent can make you feel great &mdash; and spend more. Scent is very closely associated with memory, and smelling tempting aromas that we associate with holidays &mdash; like cookies, peppermint, or fir trees &mdash; can make us <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-my-hoarder-family-saved-christmas">remember happy Christmases past</a>, which can lead to more spending. We want to pass that happiness along to next generation, after all.</p> <h3>Avoiding the Madness</h3> <p>Black Friday has been engineered to play on our spending weaknesses. It often brings out the worst in us, whether that is our competitive nature or our budgeting weakness in the face of $200 laptops. If you plan to partake in Black Friday shopping this year, be intelligent about it.</p> <p><strong>1. Do Your Research Ahead of Time, so That You Will Not Be Tempted Into a Purchase Just Because of the Sale Price</strong></p> <p>Remember, you&rsquo;re not saving money if you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-ways-to-stop-impulse-buying">wouldn&rsquo;t have bought the item at full price</a>.</p> <p><strong>2. Be Willing to Go Home Empty-Handed If the Item You&rsquo;re Shopping for Is Sold Out</strong></p> <p>Heading home for a couple extra hours of sleep is a better idea than buying something just to make your trip worthwhile.</p> <p><strong>3. Enjoy the Shopping, but Don&rsquo;t Make a Competitive Sport Out of It</strong></p> <p>Buying something isn&rsquo;t &ldquo;winning,&rdquo; the other shoppers aren&rsquo;t your opponents, and this is all theoretically being done in order to buy gifts for those you love. So don&rsquo;t act in a way that would make them ashamed. They&rsquo;d rather have you come home empty-handed than with a black eye and missing teeth and the cheap video game in hand.</p> <p><strong>4. Embrace Your Inner Humbug</strong></p> <p>While it is lovely to enjoy the holiday mood at your favorite retailer, remember that it is being cynically used against you. Keeping that in mind can help you to keep your wallet fat and the questionable purchases to a minimum.</p> <p>You might want to refrain from saying &ldquo;Bah!&rdquo; to anyone who wishes you a Merry Christmas, however.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-people-go-crazy-on-black-friday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/early-holiday-shopping-why-i-finish-by-thanksgiving">Early Holiday Shopping: Why I Finish by Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/black-friday-tips-from-money-saving-experts">Black Friday Tips From Money-Saving Experts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday">For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-july-2012">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July 2012</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/even-more-black-friday-savings-tips-from-shopping-experts">Even More Black Friday Savings Tips From Shopping Experts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping black friday holiday shopping sales Tue, 20 Nov 2012 11:36:32 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 955665 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Labor Day Sales http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-labor-day-sales <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-labor-day-sales" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5684720360_78550e1bc9_z-1.jpg" alt="Labor Day Sales" title="Labor Day Sales" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on labor day sales, giving without breaking the bank, and regaining control of your finances.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Best-Sales-Labor-Day-2012-24661748">Labor Day Sales: The Best Days To Look Out For </a>&mdash; This weekend, be sure to hit the sales for appliances and home goods. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2012/08/28/25-ways-to-give-without-breaking-the-bank/">25 Ways to Give (Without Breaking the Bank)</a> &mdash; Give without breaking the bank by doing pro bono work. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.themillionairenurse.com/2012/08/30/how-to-regain-control-of-your-finances/">How to Regain Control of Your Finances</a> &mdash; Want to regain control of your finances? Make sure your goals are clear. [The Millionaire Nurse Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.creditkarma.com/personal-finance/how-to-talk-to-your-partner-about-credit/">How to Talk to Your Partner About Credit</a> &mdash; When talking to your partner about credit, be honest about your past financial struggles. [Credit Karma Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stackthechips.com/useful-tips-on-how-to-find-employment/">Useful Tips On How To Find Employment</a> &mdash; To find employment, customize your resume for each job you apply for. [Stack The Chips]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.milliondollarjourney.com/5-lessons-learned-as-a-first-time-home-buyer.htm">5 Lessons Learned as a First Time Home Buyer</a> &mdash; When buying a home for the first time, keep in mind that you shouldn't always leave it to professionals. [Million Dollar Journey]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2012/08/teaching-healthy-meal-planning-to-your-kids/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheCentsibleLife+%28the+centsible+life%29">Teach Healthy Meal Planning to Your Kids? Yes!</a> &mdash; To teach your kids healthy meal planning, give them a lesson on the food pyramid. [The Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/08/build-your-skills-score-by-volunteering.html">Build Your Skills Score by Volunteering</a> &mdash; Volunteering can help you explore and network for careers. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2012/08/28/why-you-need-a-will/">Why You Need a Will</a> &mdash; If you have children, it's important to have a will establishing who will be their guardian in the event of your death. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/the-national-rally-for-change-launches-a-birth-revolution-on-labor-day">The National Rally for Change Launches a Birth Revolution on Labor Day</a> &mdash; Did you know that between 1990 and 2008 the US was one of only 23 countries that saw an increase in maternal mortality? [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-labor-day-sales">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday">For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-outlet-shopping-hacks-that-will-save-you-big">10 Outlet Shopping Hacks That Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/always-buy-airfare-on-tuesdays-and-7-other-calendar-shopping-secrets">Always Buy Airfare on Tuesdays and 7 Other Calendar Shopping Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips discounts labor day sales Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:00:43 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 952491 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Take Advantage of Back to School Sales http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-take-advantage-of-back-to-school-sales <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-take-advantage-of-back-to-school-sales" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2908834853_2d4116edf9_z-1.jpg" alt="Take Advantage of Back to School Sales" title="Take Advantage of Back to School Sales" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to take advantage of back to school sales, automating your budget, and habits of the wealthy.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://savingmoneytoday.net/7-ways-to-take-advantage-of-back-to-school-sales/">7 Ways to Take Advantage of Back to School Sales</a> &mdash; Use back to school sales to supply your home office. [Saving Money Today]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moolanomy.com/6197/how-to-automate-your-budget/">How to Automate Your Budget</a> &mdash; To automate your budget, find a good money management software application. [Moolanomy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thewisdomjournal.com/Blog/7-habits-of-the-wealthy/">7 Habits of the Wealthy</a> &mdash; Did you know wealthy people have the habit of living within their means? [Wisdom Journal]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/three-mistakes-you-cant-afford-to-make-when-buying-your-first-house/">Three Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make When Buying Your First House</a> &mdash; When buying your first house, don't make the mistake of buying more house than you can afford. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/life-style/exercise-your-way-to-a-bigger-paycheck/">Exercise Your Way to a Bigger Paycheck</a> &mdash; By exercising and living healthier, you can potentially earn $320 more per month. [MoneyNing]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://freelanceswitch.com/industry-tips/take-time-off-earn-more/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FreelanceSwitch+%28Freelance+Switch%29">How to Take Time Off and Actually Earn More</a> &mdash; Want to take time off work but earn more money? Consider raising your rates! [Freelance Switch]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financiallypoor.com/money-management/4-tips-to-protect-yourself-from-identity-theft/">4 Tips to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft</a> &mdash; To protect yourself from identity theft, don't keep your wallet in plain sight. [Financially Poor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/how-should-a-young-person-get-started-with-investing/">How Should a Young Person Get Started with Investing</a> &mdash; A great way for a young person to get started with investing is to take advantage of investing through their employer. [Narrow Bridge]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Feel-Like-Child-Again-24186170">16 Ways To Feel Like A Kid Again</a> &mdash; Feel like a kid again by cooking a grilled cheese on your ironing board. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/the-ins-and-outs-of-bows-and-arrows">Archery for Kids: The Ins and Outs of Bows and Arrows</a> &mdash; If your child is under 5 years of age, stick with toy bows and arrows as opposed to the real thing. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-take-advantage-of-back-to-school-sales">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-school-supplies-without-going-crazy">How to Save on School Supplies Without Going Crazy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-perimeter-perusing-at-target">Tips for Perimeter Perusing at Target</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-outlet-shopping-hacks-that-will-save-you-big">10 Outlet Shopping Hacks That Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back to school best money tips kids sales school students Tue, 31 Jul 2012 09:48:42 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 947009 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July 2012 http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-july-2012 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-july-2012" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/733955024_1c020cdb73_z_0.jpg" alt="fireworks" title="fireworks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The dealnews staff published more than 6,000 deals last July, which we've analyzed so that we can offer our readers a bit of advice while planning purchases this month. And it's a particularly important month to do so, since a number of sales will appear to be better than they are. So in order to protect your wallet and spend your money wisely, be sure to read through our July buying guide below for everything you need to know to shop smart this month. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <h3>Black Friday in July</h3> <p>Beginning in July, we start to see Black Friday-labeled sales. While this trend appeared to have lessened in 2011, as compared to 2010, there were still a few offenders. <a href="http://dealnews.com/s318/Target/?eref=wisebread">Target</a> once again offered its &quot;Back in Black Friday&quot; sale in the middle of July, with other retailers following suit later in the summer. While enticing, be leery of the labeling; few of these Black Friday sales actually feature the rock-bottom pricing consumers come to expect from the &quot;darkest&quot; of shopping days.</p> <h3>A Few Choice Sales Bursting With Savings on the 4th</h3> <p>During <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/What-to-Expect-from-2012-Independence-Day-Sales/588812.html?eref=wisebread">Independence Day weekend</a> last year, some vendors like <a href="http://dealnews.com/s990/Saks-Fifth-Avenue/?eref=wisebread">Saks Fifth Avenue</a> and <a href="http://dealnews.com/b30780/Bebe/?eref=wisebread">bebe</a> offered their best sales of the year so far, while most stores (like <a href="http://dealnews.com/s288/macys/?eref=wisebread">Macy's</a>) mainly peddled middle of the road discounts. As usual, a discount is still money saved, but don't be tricked into thinking these are fleeting offers; many will reappear, or could potentially get better if you carefully keep an eye out for a <a href="http://dealcoupon.com/">coupon</a>.</p> <h3>First Chance for Sizable Sandal Sales Mid-Season</h3> <p>As per usual with seasonal <a href="http://dealnews.com/c202/Clothing-Accessories/?eref=wisebread">apparel items</a>, the longer you wait this summer to buy sandals, the better the price you're likely to get. However, mid to late July is when we start to see some notable discounts on <a href="http://dealnews.com/c280/Clothing-Accessories/Shoes/?eref=wisebread">footwear</a>. Look for flip flops for under $5 and sales on popular brands like <a href="http://dealnews.com/b2107/Steve-Madden/?eref=wisebread">Steve Madden</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/b485/Ralph-Lauren/?eref=wisebread">Polo Ralph Lauren</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/b1201/Crocs/?eref=wisebread">Crocs</a>, and <a href="http://dealnews.com/b1713/Teva/?eref=wisebread">Teva</a>.</p> <h3>Mixed Messages on Sunglasses</h3> <p>Many people crave a new pair of <a href="http://dealnews.com/c454/Clothing-Accessories/Apparel-Accessories/Sunglasses/?eref=wisebread">sunglasses</a> in the middle of summer, but according to our deals last year, the best storewide sales (from retailers like <a href="http://dealnews.com/s3164/Sunglass-Hut/?eref=wisebread">Sunglass Hut</a> and <a href="http://dealnews.com/s1460/6-pm/?eref=wisebread">6pm</a>) popped up in September, November, and December. That said, as far as individual shades styles go, we fairly consistently see Editors' Choice deals from <a href="http://dealnews.com/b1070/Oakley/?eref=wisebread">Oakley</a> and <a href="http://dealnews.com/b486/Ray-Ban/?eref=wisebread">Ray-Ban</a> throughout the year. So, if you're not picky about the style and you just want a great price on one of these top two sunglasses brands, set up an <a href="https://dealnews.com/mydealnews/alerts.html?eref=wisebread">email alert</a> and wait for an Editors' Choice deal to roll in at any time.</p> <h3>Grill Deals Slowly Sizzle</h3> <p>Post Independence Day sales at department and hardware stores tend to discount summer-friendly purchases, like <a href="http://dealnews.com/c529/Home-Garden/Garden/Grills-BBQs/?eref=wisebread">grills</a>. However, if you can wait until August, you will likely see a greater selection of appealingly priced options; there were 30% more deals in August of last year than there were for July. That said, June this year already saw a greater number of grill deals compared to last year, and hopefully that trend will continue throughout July and into August.</p> <h3>Wait Until September or October for Patio Sets</h3> <p>We saw a large spike in <a href="http://dealnews.com/c198/Home-Garden/Garden/?eref=wisebread">patio and garden items</a> in September of last year, but October brought the best markdowns. Several patio sets and gardening items from <a href="http://dealnews.com/s510/Sears/?eref=wisebread">Sears</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s313/Amazon/?eref=wisebread">Amazon</a>, and other merchants hit their lowest prices in October, as they were available for significantly less than we had seen them at over the summer. If you can wait to replace your existing patio set, cooler months will offer better deals on outdoor goods than July.</p> <h3>Digital SLRs Are Trending Hot</h3> <p>Typically, we see a huge spike in the number of Editors' Choice <a href="http://dealnews.com/c528/Electronics/Cameras/Digital-Cameras/Digital-SLR-Cameras?eref=wisebread">DSLR camera deals</a> during November and December, as well as new markdowns on old models once new cameras are released in the first quarter of the year. But lately we've been seeing a surprising number of all-time low deals on consumer DSLRs. For example, May saw more than twice the number of Editors' Choice deals, and June has continued to pump out a slightly above-average number for this time of year. <a href="http://dealnews.com/c168/Electronics/Cameras/Digital-Cameras/?eref=wisebread">Digital cameras</a> are a good category to keep an eye on for belated graduation gifts.</p> <h3>A Month to Tinker With Tool Deals</h3> <p>Does your arsenal of DIY tools need a few new items? Or do you need to tend to repairs while the weather is warm and relatively manageable &mdash; heat excluded? July happens to be one of the best months of the year for top-shelf <a href="http://dealnews.com/c197/Home-Garden/Tools-And-Hardware/?eref=wisebread">tool deals</a>, matched only by November and December. Look for sales on tools sets, accessories, and tool storage units.</p> <h3>Retina Display Takes the Spotlight, But the MacBook Air Brings the Deals</h3> <p>Throughout the month of June, no laptop received as much media attention as Apple's new <a href="http://dealnews.com/search.html?search=MacBook+Pro+Retina?eref=wisebread">MacBook Pro Retina</a>. And while we did see one deal shave $105 off the Retina's list price, chances are any deals we see in July will be modest. But fear not Apple fans, for July is bound to ring in an abundance of <a href="http://dealnews.com/c49/Computers/Laptops/?eref=wisebread">laptop deals</a> on Apple's much-loved <a href="http://dealnews.com/c514/Computers/Apple-Computers/Mac-Book-Air/?eref=wisebread">MacBook Air</a>. We've already seen Sandy Bridge-based MacBook Airs hit new lows with prices starting at $740. So if you don't mind having a generation-old MacBook Air (which is still just one year old!), July is your month to buy.</p> <p>On the Windows front, <a href="http://dealnews.com/search.html?search=Ivy+Bridge?eref=wisebread">Ivy Bridge-based systems</a> will continue to see new lows as 15&quot; Ivy Bridge systems continue to flirt with the $600 mark (as they did in late June). So $600 is the price to beat if you want an Ivy Bridge Windows machine. Meanwhile, desktop replacements continue their plateau at $800, so any deals you see under that price will offer the most savings.</p> <h3>46&quot; HDTVs Are the Ones to Watch</h3> <p>HDTV prices have generally remained the same for the past few months and we predict we'll see little to no price differences in <a href="http://dealnews.com/c159/Electronics/TVs/?eref=wisebread">TV deals</a> throughout July. However, not all news is bleak. Last month we mentioned brand-name <a href="http://dealnews.com/c505/Electronics/TVs/LCD-TVs/46-LCD-TVs/?eref=wisebread">46&quot; HDTVs</a> hit new lows, and we expect those lows to remain through July. So if you're in the market for a new HDTV, we recommend looking at 46&quot; to 47&quot; brand-name models and to look for prices in the $500 range. Anything at or below $490 is an all-time low for this category.</p> <p>Set up an <a href="https://dealnews.com/mydealnews/alerts.html?eref=wisebread">email alert</a> now to keep abreast of any and all of these best buys in July. And for more price trend information, check out the <a href="http://dealnews.com/pages/resources/consumer-research/?eref=wisebread">consumer shopping research page</a> at dealnews.</p> <p><em>This is a guest post by <a href="http://dealnews.com">Dealnews</a>.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Potect your wallet and spend your money wisely in July! Read through for the best and worst things to buy this month. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-july-2012">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-people-go-crazy-on-black-friday">Why People Go Crazy on Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday">For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-june">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in June</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-march">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in March</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-april">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping bbq grills black friday electronics sales Wed, 04 Jul 2012 10:24:17 +0000 Dealnews 938262 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best and Worst Things to Buy in June http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-june <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-june" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4131903993_9c32d66f9c_z.jpg" alt="kids in a pool" title="kids in a pool" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="154" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year, which for the deal-shopper means that you have even more time to shop! But before you let <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-celebrate-father-s-day" title="Free Ways to Celebrate Father's Day">Father's Day</a> or the increasingly warm weather convince you to buy less-than-stellar deals, check out our latest buying guide. We searched through our extensive archives of sales, promotions, and coupons to sort the fact from fiction when it comes to getting the best deals in June. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" title="Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything">Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <h3>Make Do With Last Year's Sandals</h3> <p>Much of your wardrobe can transcend a single season, but this is rarely the case with sandals. For most areas of the U.S., the summer months are the only time to let your toes breathe. And as such, you're unlikely to find any great discounts at the onset of the season. Although cheap <a href="http://dealnews.com/c280/Clothing-Accessories/Shoes?eref=wisebread" class="image_link" title="shoe deals">flip flops</a> and slip-ons are popular in promotional sales from the likes of Old Navy, you'll largely have to wait until at least mid- to late-July before seeing clearance-level deals on the informal footwear.</p> <h3>Cruises and Vacations to the Caribbean...During Hurricane Season</h3> <p>June is typically the beginning of the hurricane season in the Caribbean, which usually lasts through November. Because of the risk of tempestuous weather, prices on <a href="http://dealnews.com/c629/Travel-Entertainment/Cruises?eref=wisebread" title="cruise deals">cruises and vacations</a> to these regions are considerably less than during other seasons. We've already seen a plethora of above-average <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/Rough-Seas-for-the-Cruise-Industry-Drop-Prices-by-11-/554653.html?eref=wisebread" title="cruise price drops">deals on non-hurricane season cruises</a> this year due to the public relations disaster that was the cruise industry in the first few months of 2012, so it remains to be seen if &quot;hurricane&quot; packages will offer even steeper discounts. Either way, if you're willing to run the risk of a rainy tropical getaway, the Caribbean will certainly offer more bang for your buck than Europe, which has been seeing exorbitant prices as of late.</p> <h3>Book a Staycation Instead of Jumping the Pond</h3> <p>Speaking of <a href="http://dealnews.com/c206/Travel-Entertainment?eref=wisebread" title="travel deals">travel deals</a>, you might want to avoid booking a trip abroad, as the cost of flying is on the rise. According to <em>USA Today</em>, international airfare this summer will cost on average about <a title="summer airfare increase" href="http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/travel/story/2012-04-26/Airfares-up-for-summer-travel-likely-to-keep-climbing/54564890/1">20% more than it did in 2010</a>. This is essentially due to rising fuel costs. Moreover, many airlines are cutting down on the sheer volume of the flights they offer, creating greater demand for fewer seats.</p> <h3>Ladies Love Cool Lingerie (Deals)</h3> <p>It's usually this month that <a title="Victoria's Secret deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s747/Victorias-Secret?eref=wisebread">Victoria's Secret</a> unveils its famed Semi-Annual Sale, and last year we saw prices as low as $3 for panties and $12 for bras. Moreover, we saw excellent <a title="lingerie deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c488/Clothing-Accessories/Womens-Apparel/Intimates?eref=wisebread">lingerie deals</a> in June from aerie by American Eagle, <a title="Frederick's of Hollywood deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s714/Fredericks-of-Hollywood?eref=wisebread">Frederick's of Hollywood</a>, <a title="Macy's deals" href="http://dealnews.com/s288/macys?eref=wisebread">Macy's</a>, Soma Intimates, and Figleaves. That said, while summer deals entailed steep discounts last year, they paled in comparison to the October to December stretch, which saw more Editors' Choice offers from many of these same vendors.</p> <h3>Consider Putting off Tool Purchases Until July, or Later</h3> <p>You may feel compelled to buy dear old Dad a new tool set for <a title="Father's Day gifts" href="http://dealnews.com/fathers-day-gifts?eref=wisebread">Father's Day</a> later this month, but in fact, July (as well and November and December) offers the highest number of Editors' Choice <a title="tool deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c197/Home-Garden/Tools-And-Hardware?eref=wisebread">tool deals</a>. That means, if you want to pay close to the best (if not <em>the</em> best) price of the year, skip June and splurge in July. (But remember to at least get your Pops a card!)</p> <h3>Fire It Up! It's Almost Time to Buy a New Grill</h3> <p>Last year, we saw a slight uptick in Editors' Choice <a title="grill deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c529/Home-Garden/Garden/Grills-BBQs?eref=wisebread">grill deals</a> during the month of June, which means we will likely start seeing respectable cuts on grills in the coming weeks. However, as is the case with any seasonal item, you will absolutely start seeing incrementally steeper cuts on comparable models (if not the model of your choice itself) as the season progresses. So <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-a-bbq-grill" title="How to Buy a BBQ Grill">purchasing your grill</a> becomes a matter of deciding upon need; if you want a full season of use out of it, then June is the first month of the summer in which we see a notable decline in prices. Otherwise, wait for late-season sales instead.</p> <h3>Experience the Majesty of Our National Parks on Uncle Sam's Dime</h3> <p>While there are everyday ways to make a <a title="save money at national parks" href="http://dealnews.com/features/See-America-Right-and-Save-Money-While-Visiting-Our-National-Parks/545028.html?eref=wisebread">trip to a national park exceedingly affordable</a>, there are a handful of days each year in which more than 100 national parks offer free admittance. June 9 is one such occasion, as it celebrates Get Outdoors Day, an event that encourages &quot;<a title="National Outdoors Day" href="http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/about/">healthy, active outdoor fun</a>.&quot; Notable natural wonders like Yosemite and Yellowstone will be <em>gratis</em> on this day.</p> <h3>Don't Expect Cheaper Cotton to Yield Better Prices</h3> <p>While the cotton industry is likely invigorated by reports that <a title="cotton prices decrease" href="http://dealnews.com/features/Cotton-Prices-Are-Down-Does-that-Mean-T-Shirts-Will-Cost-Less-Now-/577350.html?eref=wisebread">cotton prices are at a 2-year low</a>, consumers are unlikely to see a difference on price tags at the store. While fluctuations in food costs have a demonstrable effect on prices at the supermarket, apparel retailers have a larger profit margin to work with that allows them to absorb raw material cost increases. Many retailers thus have been absorbing the additional costs, while others adjusted the prices slightly but not enough to actually cover the total increased costs. Others still found workarounds, like using less of the material. Either way, dropping cotton prices will have little effect on the prices that consumers see in-store.</p> <h3>Keep an Eye Out for Refurbished or Used Tablets</h3> <p>Tablets continue to shine in the tech spotlight, and if you're looking to get in on the still-strong trend, consider shopping for a second-hand option. The majority of the top-shelf <a title="iPad deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c622/Computers/iPad-Tablet?eref=wisebread">iPad and tablet deals</a> we've seen recently have been on refurbished or used models. Last month saw Apple again cut prices on refurbished iPad 2 models, slashing its starting price to $319. Meanwhile, we saw all-time low prices on used and refurbished <a title="Motorola tablet deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c594/Computers/iPad-Tablet/Tablets/b604/Motorola?eref=wisebread">Motorola Xoom</a>, <a title="Samsung tablet deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c594/Computers/iPad-Tablet/Tablets/b28/Samsung?eref=wisebread">Samsung Galaxy Tab</a>, and <a title="BlackBerry tablet deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c622/Computers/iPad-Tablet/b1890/Black-Berry?eref=wisebread">BlackBerry PlayBook</a> models over just the past month. A word to the wise though, pay close attention to the warranty information for used and refurbished iPad and tablet deals; a 1-year warranty is ideal.</p> <h3>46&quot; HDTVs Hit New Lows</h3> <p>June isn't a big month for <a title="TV deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c159/Electronics/TVs?eref=wisebread">HDTV deals</a>, but if you're in need of a new set, we recommend looking at name-brand 46&quot; and 47&quot; LCD HDTVs. For the past two months, name-brand 46&quot; LCD HDTV deals have remained at an all-time low of $490. By comparison, they bottomed out at $598 and $549 during the months of November and December of 2011, respectively. (Those months are traditionally the best months for HDTV sales.) Look for models from Sharp or Toshiba priced at $490 or lower.</p> <h3>Ivy Bridge Debuts, Desktop Replacements Prices Continue to Drop</h3> <p>June has the potential to be a great month for bargain <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-a-laptop-computer" title="How to Buy a Laptop Computer">laptop shoppers</a>. On the one hand you have <a title="desktop replacement price drop" href="http://dealnews.com/features/dealnews-Price-Trends-Desktop-Replacements-Hit-All-Time-Lows/572709.html?eref=wisebread">Sandy Bridge Core i7 quad-core desktop replacements</a>, which have reached new price lows since the start of the year. We expect price tags on these laptops to drop even further, especially as we begin seeing new <a title="Ivy Bridge-based systems" href="http://dealnews.com/features/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-CPUs-Are-Here-But-Will-Sandy-Bridge-Deals-Offer-Better-Value-/569959.html?eref=wisebread">Ivy Bridge-based systems</a> enter the market.</p> <p>These Ivy Bridge laptops, which are packing Intel's latest CPUs, are pushing the price of Sandy Bridge systems even lower. Best of all, since their debut on April 30, 16&quot; <a title="Ivy Bridge price drop" href="http://dealnews.com/features/New-Ivy-Bridge-Laptops-Are-Falling-Fast-in-Price/578023.html?eref=wisebread">Ivy Bridge-based laptops have also dropped 31% in price</a> (falling from $1,010 to $689 in a span of weeks). These new systems are also boasting 8GB of RAM, dedicated 1GB video cards, 1TB hard drives, and in some instances built-in Blu-ray players. A 16&quot; system with the above specs went for $770 in late May, and we expect that price to repeat itself in June as manufacturers attempt to gain consumers' attention.</p> <p>Bottom line, if you're looking to purchase a <a title="laptop deals" href="http://dealnews.com/c49/Computers/Laptops?eref=wisebread">Windows laptop</a> that will last you the next few years, now's the perfect time. On the Sandy Bridge front, look for deals at $712 or below (that's been the average for 2012 so far). On the Ivy Bridge front you'll find plenty of deals, but $689 is the all-time low for a 16&quot; system as of late May.</p> <p>Ready to put this advice to use? Set up a customized <a title="dealnews email alert" href="https://dealnews.com/mydealnews/alerts.html?eref=wisebread">email alert</a> to receive notification as soon as we see deals on the categories above.</p> <p><em>This is a guest post by </em><a title="dealnews" href="http://dealnews.com"><em>Dealnews</em></a><em>.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Before you let Father&#039;s Day or the increasingly warm weather convince you to buy less-than-stellar deals, check out our latest buying guide for the best deals in June. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-june">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-march">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in March</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-april">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-july-2012">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July 2012</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-perimeter-perusing-at-target">Tips for Perimeter Perusing at Target</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping affordable travel electronics Father's Day frugal summer trips sales Fri, 01 Jun 2012 10:36:10 +0000 Dealnews 932736 at http://www.wisebread.com