How to Shop, Live Well And Save This Year

Yes, you can buy what you need for you, your home, your friends and your family and still have money to spare!
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How to get online shopping deals

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Online shopping is taking over the world, and will continue in 2012! Even when buying clothes, I try on in stores, but often find better offers for the same thing on the web. Start online shopping by linking through Ebates for killer money back deals. This one is SO easy! Before you buy on any website, check to see if you can link through Ebates for that extra benefit! Then, look for even more deals.

Don’t check out online until you search for a promo code. Retail Me Not  is my one stop place for promo codes. Even when I go through Ebates, I can usually also stack in promo codes! Many sites let you use a promo code on top of a sale or even clearance. If a site allows only one promo code, and you’ve found several, plug them into the checkout one at a time, and let their shopping cart software show you if the free shipping promo code saves you more than the extra 15 percent percent off code. If they allow more than one promo code, load them all in and watch your total dropl!!! Sweet!!!

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Weigh the benefits. When I bought my son’s Xbox 360, I started at Ebates, and there were about ten retailers I could choose from selling Xbox through Ebates. I chose Drugstore.com, not because they had the highest Ebate offer, but because of all the other free stuff I got! One retailer had a little better price, but Drugstore.com gave me WAY more free stuff that I used for more gifts! I ended up with these free add-ons: free shipping, $20 Xbox live card, $50 in Restaurant gift certificates, and $16 in “drugstore dollars!” If the benefits cause you to spend more to get things you don’t need, then skip it. But if it’s for things you can use or will eventually need, do it!

This year, more and more retailers will be engaging shoppers through exclusive email offers. There really are deals in this marketing scheme that cannot be found anywhere else. So it pays to sign up for those alerts, especially with retailers that you frequent. I have my own shopping site with exclusive email offers that I love! Some of the alerts are for things you can find on the retailer’s websites. But it feels SO scandalous when I get an alert for an extra 20 percent off, and no-where else on their site is that deal found! Bwah hahahaha!!!

How to get a deal in a “real” store

Comparison shop and well… haggle. Before you go out to shop, use the web to compare prices. A great place to start with comparison shopping is Google Shopping. Now, if you want to buy in a store, and the online retailer is cheaper, print the online competitor’s info on that exact item. Bring it to the store and respectfully ask if they can give you a discount. Let them know you absolutely don’t expect them to match non brick and mortar online retailer’s prices, but in the same breath, ask if you can just show them something. Be ready to show where the online retailer gives free shipping, warranty, etc. All the while, respectfully acknowledge that you don’t expect a brick and mortar retailer to match the online price. In the end, I’ve had many who will match the price, or most often I get a nice discount.

If the sales person on the floor can’t help you with a discount, kindly ask if you can talk to a manager. Follow them, and you need to ask the manager. My version of haggling is just asking. I’m very good at it, and actually making friends as I go. I’ve found that most retailers want to make you happy. More and more of this has been going on, and I expect to see as much or more in 2012. It never hurts to ask!

The deals are out there for 2012. Make yourself a promise…you will not buy until you look for a deal!

PLEASE don’t ever pay full price, and…

Happy shopping!

teri gaultTeri Gault was intent on saving her family money. Her common sense homestyle approach to good living included collecting coupons and matching them to grocery store sales. Eventually, this hobby became a passion. Teri would share her money saving ideas with family and friends who were more than impressed by her attention to detail and her ability to predict sales trends. After some time, it became obvious that Teri’s “hobby” was more than just a good idea to share with friends. The business of The Grocery Game was underway. At first, The Grocery Game made “TERI’S LISTs” available mainly to members in Southern California. Later, by offering franchises to persons throughout the United States, the company was able to expand at an unprecedented pace. Currently, The Grocery Game offers “TERI’S LIST” in all 50 states, and 7 foreign countries. Tens of thousands of members log on each week and save hundreds of dollars a month on their groceries.


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