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what is your number one tip for getting a bargain

RobertM_1195232
SMARTY Pioneer
SMARTY Pioneer
Not applicable
 

‎01-13-2024 03:36 PM

Have a clear idea of what features and optioms are essential and stick to this.

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AndyWer_1550915
SMARTY Pioneer
SMARTY Pioneer

Listen to, or read what Martin Lewis says, 

I've saved thousands using Money Saving Expert. Funnily enough, for my needs, I found a cheaper option for broadband, voice calling and data than what the MSE website was showing me at that point. 

TotoroLove
SMARTY Maverick
SMARTY Maverick

Also, a good suggestion especially if you do shop online quite often is to sign up for a decent cashback site with £10 sign up bonus, such as TopCashback https://www.topcashback.co.uk/ref/kerrychu88 

ALT_1875943
SMARTY Enquirer
SMARTY Enquirer

Never drink too much when on Ebay

ankjohnson
SMARTY Pioneer
SMARTY Pioneer

Scan all the shops, for new and used items. Some used are as new. 

Rebecca_1697362
SMARTY Enquirer
SMARTY Enquirer

When shopping online, search for what you want, place the items in your basket and then come off the website for a few days.  Some retailers will send you money off vouchers to entice you back!! Happy days

Karen_Harding
SMARTY Pioneer
SMARTY Pioneer

To get a bargain on nearly anything I want to buy, I always add what I want to buy to my basket and make sure I’m logged in to the shop’s website. Then I wait a day or two (I.e. I don’t press ‘pay’). Most places will send you a discount voucher a day or two later to remind and encourage you to buy. If you have a little patience for buying what you want then you can get 10-20% off just by leaving things in your basket and waiting for the ‘forget something’ email. When I go to pay, I then use apps like airtimerewards, topcashback, Quidco, etc. to get cash back on my already discounted product. I also make sure I’m logged in to the loyalty section of their website, to get in-store bonus points for discounts towards future shopping. And once it arrives, I’ll use a receipt collection app like storerewards or shoppix to get some bonus points towards more gift vouchers (which I can use to pay for my next shop). Doing this means I get a bargain nearly every time I shop for something. 

TinaJone_304215
SMARTY Observer
SMARTY Observer

Consider refurbished items.  Sometimes the items have simply been returned to the manufacturer as not wanted but because the box has been opened they can't sell them as new.  Make sure you read all the info about the item first. 

GrahamP_6967
SMARTY Maverick
SMARTY Maverick

My number one tip is not to buy the newest electronics. Previous models of a lot of items still work brilliantly. The latest models typically have a few extra features you probably won't use and the styling might be slightly different.

GrahamP_6967
SMARTY Maverick
SMARTY Maverick

This is my second number one tip. Be friendly to staff. I visited a shop in Hackney which sells goods at discounted prices. Previous year's model numbers or slightly blemished items. I was on the determined lookout for a stainless steel fridge. I was visiting this independent shop a few times and got chatting to the owner. Long story short. I ended up buying an AEG fridge and washing machine from him. I was going to ask for a 10% discount but didn't because he offered me a combined price better than 10% less. Plus free delivery. Plus free removal of three appliances from my home. I didn't get stainless steel, which is a pain to keep fingerprint free. Good old classic white appliances. You can't go too wrong with that.

GillSty_1473523
SMARTY Rookie
SMARTY Rookie

my top tip for getting a bargain is try a charity shop-yesterday I got a brand new, still on the M&S website jumper for £8.99 from Oxfam, as they have M&S opened packs/shop soiled items in at low low prices!