It seems like a deal drought with no major three-day shopping holiday weekends from now until Memorial Day in May but the savings have not dried up.
SAN ANTONIO — It can feel like a spring deal desert, but there are still big bargains. Plenty of clearance sales are going on, but they may not be advertised.
“If you have a favorite retailer, sign up for emails, especially now, because they will let you know when they’re having a sale,” said Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst with Dealnews.com.
Track prices with Google shopping if you are looking to buy something specific.
“Then you’ll know when it drops in price and you can jump on it before it has a chance to sell out or it goes back to the normal price,” Ramhold said.
Look at buying open-box items. They are often returns. They will sell for a deep discount.
“They’ll tell you this may have some minor cosmetic imperfections in an area that you can’t see, for instance,” Ramhold said. “Basically, it’s not perfect or it may be gently used, but it’s still perfectly fine and you get it for a decent discount.”
Put items into your digital shopping cart and then leave the website.
“You may actually get an email reminder that says, ‘hey, you left items in your cart. If you come back now you can save 10%, 15%,’” Ramhold said.
Also, try clearing your browser data.
Always look for a coupon or promo code.
“Coupon sites like CouponCabin.com organize coupons by store name,” said Andrea Woroch, a smart saving expert. “You can also download their browser extension. It’s called Sidekick Tool. This will alert you when there’s a coupon available.”
Plus, use cashback sites like Rukuten or Coupon Cabin to earn money on purchases.
“You’re looking at cashback for not only regular department stores but clothing retailers, grocery sites, take-out orders, even travel bookings,” Woroch said.
It might just take a look more searching to find savings.
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