If you’re paying full-price for anything from food to clothes, you’re paying too much. The truth is, there are ways you can save on everything, and it doesn’t necessarily require haggling either.
Here are five of the best ways to start saving a little cash that your family can use for something else that’s more important, like a college education or a family vacation.
If a member of your family has served or is currently serving in the military, you can save big. A quick search of military savings and discounts online will reveal that you can literally save on just about anything.
A few of the places military members and veterans enjoy discounts include:
- Movie Theaters
- Subscription Services
- Gyms and Workout Facilities
- Airline Tickets
- Clothing and Shoes
- Home Improvement Stores
- And Much More!
As a matter of fact, military discounts are so pervasive in stores and online that you should always ask if there’s a discount available before you buy anything. Just make sure you have your military ID with you at all times so you can get the discount!
Senior and Children Discounts
Senior discounts are just as common as military discounts. The term “senior” doesn’t necessarily mean what you think it means either. Many senior discounts start at 55, while some stores will provide discounts to shoppers as young as 50.
Getting senior discounts is a bit trickier than military discounts because the savings aren’t always consistent. For example, the movie theater may offer a discount at certain times, while clothing stores may only offer the discount on certain days. It’s important to do your research to ensure you get the discount you’re entitled to.
Don’t forget about children’s discounts! Many activities and events will let children in for free.
You’ll save the most on airline tickets if you travel with your baby before he is two-years old. He can sit on your lap, which means you can save on the cost of an extra plane ticket!
Look for Online Coupons
The internet has made our lives easier in a lot of ways, but one of the best things it has done is driven down prices. You just have to know where to look on the web to find the best deals.
Before you purchase anything in the store or online, you should always search for online coupons. There are lots of websites that can provide you with coupons and saving tips, but one of the best ways to save is to simply search the internet for the item you’re interested in. A quick coupon search in Google will uncover current coupons for that item.
Don’t forget about free shipping! Most sites have a threshold you have to meet in order to save on shipping, so it’s always worth seeing if there is one or two more items you need that you can add to your cart to save on shipping costs.
Sign up for Email Newsletters
Most companies use email marketing. In order to get people to sign up for their newsletter, they often offer some great deals to those who sign up.
Any time you’re ready to make a purchase online, see if the website you’re purchasing from has an email newsletter. Just by signing up, you’ll likely enjoy a discount. In addition, the company is likely to continue sending you coupons and sale information throughout the year.
Don’t want to deal with all those email newsletters in your inbox? After you have made your purchase or used a coupon, unsubscribe from their email list.
Shop During the off Season
If you shop for a new swimsuit in March or Christmas items in November, you’re going to pay full price. However, wait just a month or two later and you can enjoy some great savings.
There are a lot of items you should always buy off-season. From winter clothing to lawn items and even gym memberships, you can save on a wide variety of items if you know the right time to buy. Just make sure you have a place to store those items until you’re ready to use them next season!
Paying full price is convenient, but it isn’t good for your pocketbook. Follow the money-saving tips on this list and you can save over time. Even just a few dollars here and there will add up over the year, providing you with a cozy nest egg, just because you looked for simple ways to save!