5 Ways to Shop on a Budget

5 Ways To Shop on A Budget5 Ways To Shop on A Budget

Here's How to get lots of awesome stuff without going broke this holiday season.

1. Hit the Big Stores First
Tiny boutiques are awesome for browsing, but if you're looking for the best sales, try the major chain stores first. With so much merchandise to turnover, they're way more likely to mark stuff down, especially around the holidays.

2. Save on Shipping
Found the perfect stiletto but it's sold out in your size? Don't freak! Ask the sales person to check the inventory at other stores. Shipping is often complimentary, especially if you go through the store's multiple locations instead of heading online right away.

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3. Break Out Those Old Gift Cards
Now's the time to dig up all those crappy gift cards you thought you'd never use. With sites like plasticjungle.com and swapagift.com, you can turn your appliance store gift card into a hot new LBD. Prices vary, but expect to get at least 60% of the original value in cold, hard cash.

4. Hang on to Your Receipts
Many stores give a price adjustment within 14 days, so hold on to all of your receipts and check the Website or call the store once a week to see if your purchase has gone on sale. Many items go on sale right before Xmas because stores are eager to clear out old stock, so if you have to wear that Topshop mini for the holiday parties already in full swing, it can be worth splurging now and getting a price cut a few weeks later.

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5. Suck Up to a Salesperson
Most sales reps work on commission. That means when they look at you and see dollar bills. Take advantage by asking if she can set a high-ticket item aside for you when it gets marked down.

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