Whether you’ve just got yourself to look after, or you’ve got a family to feed – it never hurts to try and save a bit of money. There’s some immense satisfaction that comes from finding a good bargain, but it doesn’t have to be a once-in-a-blue-moon phenomenon. Learning to become a better bargain hunter will help you make the most of your finances and put some money away for life’s little extras.
Take a look at some of these top tips for becoming a better bargain hunter.
Learn how to use eBay
eBay used to be a place where you could get a bargain on an obscure second-hand item or reclaim a piece of your lost youth. Today, it’s one of the world’s most popular online shopping destinations, offering all sorts of deals on the things you regularly buy – as well as those more obscure items. You can become a master eBay buyer by learning what to buy on the website as well as how to find good bargains on both used and new items. Many people use eBay to sell off unwanted clothes and household items, and may even sell them brand new for prices that are much lower than those in store.
Sign up for newsletters
The easiest way to grab a bargain at an online store is to sign up for their newsletter. Most retailers will offer a signing up discount or free delivery code – so it’s always worth taking advantage of this. To avoid clogging up your inbox with unwanted promotional emails, set up an email folder and some filters to keep them all tucked away in a safe place. This not only keeps temptation out of sight and out of mind but will give you somewhere to delve on those occasions where you do have money to spend.
Search for online discount codes
Whenever you’re looking to make a purchase, spend a few minutes searching for a discount code before you hit the checkout. You’ll be surprised at what you can find to help you save 5%, 10% and even 20% off something you were looking to purchase anyway. Vouchercloud and HotUKDeals tend to be good places to try and grab a bargain, and if you want to take it further, you can try searching for the name of your chosen retailer ‘+ %’ and see what results appear.
Follow your favourite or regular retailers on social media, as this is where you’ll usually find out about the latest discounts.
Buy things you actually want, not things that are just a good deal
It’s easy to be swayed into buying something because it looks like a good deal. However, this can lead to overspending and maxing out your budget because you’ve been suckered into an impulse buy. The true art of bargain hunting lies in being able to get a good deal on something that you actually want. This means weighing up your purchases and working out the easiest way for you to save money on them. Keeping wishlists is a handy way for you to monitor the things that you really want, checking up on them whenever there’s a sale announcement. If you want something long enough to wait for it to go on sale, you can justify the purchase.
Save your money for big bargain days
It’s nice to put some money aside for a rainy day, and if you adopt habits that allow for a splurge now and then rather than shopping all the time – you could end up with much greater satisfaction from your purchases. Saving your money until Black Friday or the bank holiday sales is a great idea, provided your purchases are actually worth it. There are some great deals to be found at specific times of the year, so if you can wait until then – you’ll get some great bargains on the things you want.
Learn how to compare
There are lazy people who accept the first price offered no matter what the price, and there are those who work a little bit harder but end up with change in their pockets. Which would you rather be? Getting handy with comparison websites could help you to save £100s each year on things such as your car insurance and even your mobile phone bill. There are several different comparison websites out there that can cover different things, as well as some useful tricks on how to make them work for you.
If you don’t ask, you don’t get
It’s a simple saying, but in the world of grabbing a bargain – it’s true. Haggling may seem like something you only do on the beach on holiday, but you can find ways to haggle in everyday life. To become a good haggler, you’re going to need to learn when it’s appropriate to haggle and when to accept the price offered. Test out your skills on your satellite or broadband provider, your energy suppliers and others as a way to try and cut your monthly costs down. If you’ve seen a good deal online but would rather pay in store, you might be able to negotiate a bargain by keeping the custom offline.
Put your savings away
Something that can spur you on to become a better bargain hunter is to put away the difference between what you would have paid and what you did pay. As you see the total add up in your savings account, you’ll be more enthusiastic about finding a better bargain. Being able to save more money will allow you to plan for things like essential home improvements or family holidays. Over the course of the year, your savings will soon add up, giving you a nice healthy sum you can be proud of.
Hunting around for the best bargain can be very rewarding and a healthy challenge. By using the tips above you can become a master bargain hunter and help get the most out of your family’s finances.
Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.