There is tons of advice out there on how to get the things your family needs for less, but not a whole lot when it comes to getting the things you want. Living a frugal lifestyle does not have to mean living bare bones and never purchasing anything your heart truly desires. It just means doing it in a smart manner! Here are some tips for getting the things you want, for less!
Wait for the right timing. Knowing the cycle of sales throughout the year can help. This is when you will find the best deals on things out of any other time of the year. For instance, let’s say you want a new top-o-the line vacuum cleaner. Knowing that April is the best time of year to buy one will help you get the best deals.
Be willing to purchase at places outside the box. I really wanted a Ninja system and those babies can cost $100 or more. I was patient and decided to check out a local discount store (a place that buys overstock or slightly damaged merchandise from bigger retailers) and found one for $45 and the only thing wrong with it was it was missing the box and instructions.
Make a part time living at it. If you are a makeup hound, or maybe you like to cook, become a consultant for something like Avon or Pampered Chef and get the products you want at discounts. There is nothing that says you can’t do that and make money as well!
Learn to haggle. You would be amazed at what you can get for cheaper simply by haggling. Some stores don’t really allow you any room, but you probably have more room that you realize at locally run businesses, yard sales and thrift stores.
Check out the price online before buying in person. You may think you are getting a great deal on something and the convenience of being able to purchase right now is very tempting, but looking online can really get you some great deals especially if you check out eBay or Amazon.
Be willing to buy used. Used does not mean “used up”. I can’t even tell you how many times I have bought something new in its original package at a thrift store. And even if something was technically used, it may still be in very new condition. Thrift stores get donations all the time with items that people bought thinking they would use and then decided after one use it was not what they wanted or needed, but now it has been too long to return to the store. Take advantage of it!
Don’t get trapped in the lease option. Places that allow people to rent-to-own big ticket items like couches, TVs and washers and dryers are nothing more than pretty scams. You may think you are getting a good deal because the payment is minimal, but buyer beware: You are paying 3-4 times the amount of the item bought new if you were just to wait for better timing and save. For instance, a TV bought at one of these places could cost you as much as $1000 for a TV that would only be $250 if bought at peak buying time.
I know a lot of this boils down to a “need” vs “want” — I may WANT the item, I just NEED to get it in a thriftier manner. It always pays to buy what you want for less!