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How to Be a Bargain Hunter

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How to Be a Bargain Hunter

Many people see their friends or family bragging about the deals they got at their favorite shops and they wonder about how to be a bargain hunter as well. Being a bargain hunter is a skill that is easy to learn but can be hard to master. You may even make a few mistakes as you learn. However, it will always be fun searching out the next big bargain and you will never get bored as you shop your favorite stores. 

Here are 10 ways to be a better bargain hunter:

1. Know when it is a sale and when it isn’t. 

If the sale is anything less than half off, then it is not worth your time. The discounts will be steeper in a few days or a week so be sure to come back then. 

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2. Don’t bother going inside. 

If there isn’t a sign on the window announcing a sale or you don’t have a flyer telling you that there is a big sale on that day, then you have no reason to go inside so it is a waste of your time and you might miss out on bargains somewhere else. 

3. Look for bargains online. 

Many websites have clearance sections as well, even the big stores. Be sure to check out the websites of the stores you love to shop at in person as they may have clearance items that were sold out in the store you went to. Some online stores will even have free shipping deals or coupons you can use in addition to your clearance purchases. 

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4. Don’t give up easily. 

It will take time to hone your bargain hunting skills so be sure to take your time. There is a learning curve involved and over time you will find that you are getting better and better bargains. 

5. Don’t get caught up in the “thrill.”

The thrill of finding a great bargain is what great bargain hunters live for. However, novice hunters can get caught up in it and grab something they want without realizing it isn’t really a bargain. Keep your wits about you at all times and relish in the thrill once you are unpacking your bags at home. 

6. Don’t bother with outlet stores. 

Outlet stores are a great way for brand names to liquidate merchandise but the deals they offer aren’t all that great for bargain shoppers. 

7. Membership discount stores are your friends! 

Big retail outlet stores that you pay a yearly membership to shop at usually have some great deals for bargain hunters. Being able to shop in bulk, use coupons, and still get the benefits of sales is the trifecta of bargain hunting. 

8. Shop during the week, not the weekends. 

The weekends are busy and retailers know this. That is why you aren’t likely to find great bargains on the weekend unless they are leftovers. Items are usually marked down on Wednesdays or Thursdays so this is when you should be looking for the biggest markdowns and the biggest selection of them. 

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9. Be persistent. 

Always be on the lookout for a bargain even if you aren’t out there specifically to shop for one. 

10. Be okay with leaving empty-handed. 

If you don’t find a bargain, don’t feel like you have to buy something just to be able to say you brought something home. You won’t find a great deal every day you go out. 

Once you learn the basic rules of bargain hunting and learn to keep them in mind every time you shop, you will start picking up some great deals more and more often. Learning how to be a bargain hunter takes time but can be a fun and rewarding experience. 

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