Shopping Secrets: The Series

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Damaged Goods. If you ever find an item with damage – a tear in the fabric, a stain, a broken zipper, or missing button – ask for a price reduction. At Forever 21, you can easily receive a 10% discount for damaged goods. If it’s something you can fix at home, why not save a few bucks?

Rewards. Not all retailers broadcast their rewards programs. Some companies with such programs include Sephora, ULTA, Nordstrom, and JCPenny. Rack up those points for future perks! (Note: Loyalty Cards track buying behavior. Retailers often record your purchasing habits to make special offers, causing you to buy more. Avoid signing up if this is something you’re uncomfortable with.)

Abandon Your Cart. When you’re shopping online, place desired items in your cart and close the tab. If you’re signed in to an account, or linked via social media, some retailers will send you a friendly reminder to complete your purchase. You might get lucky and receive a discount code. (Note: Not all retailers do this. But it wouldn’t hurt to try. Fashion Nova sure does!)

Cash Back. Many apps offer cash back options for your favorite stores— be it groceries, apparel, electronics, etc. Click on the deals and show proof of purchase. Be sure to keep your receipt. Some deals even work with mobile/online purchases. I use Ibotta. When I earn enough, I can claim my money via PayPal, Venmo, or gift cards from various vendors. Another popular cash back app is Chekcout 51.

Student Discounts. The concept of student discounts is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Take the time to look up which of your favorite stores have student discounts. Here are a few to get you started: Forever 21, Boohoo, ASOS, Topshop, and Express.

Stay tuned for more Shopping Secrets: The Series! This month, we’ll talk about what retailers do to make you spend more money, secrets behind store layout, general persuasive tactics, and customer service. If there’s anything else you want to know, leave a comment down below!

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