I’m a big believer in quality over quantity. Even though I’m a self-proclaimed frugal, I think it’s definitely worth the cost to pay a little more sometimes. I use to buy anything and everything that was on sale, but I quickly learned that you get what you pay for.
With that said though, there are certain things I will never buy at full price. Why spend more money when you don’t need to? With online shopping and constant sales in stores, there are some things you can always find a good deal on. Whether it’s buying used or waiting for a promotion, you can save a good chunk of money. Here are 5 things you should never buy at full price:
If you’ve been a college student yourself or have a child that goes to college, you know that textbooks are one of the biggest expenses aside from tuition. For one semester, you can easily spend a $1000 on new textbooks. While it’s an investment well spent, you’ll only use these books for a few months. Instead of buying new, go for used instead. Almost all college campuses have used textbooks for sale at a large discount. After the semester is over, you can resell them right back as long as you keep them in good condition.
The moment you drive your new car off the lot, it’s no longer worth what you paid for it. A car is a huge expense. Even if you’re willing to pay a little extra for the car you want, you don’t have to. Always negotiate with a dealership. No matter what they tell you, they always have wiggle room, whether it’s with pricing, additional add-ons, or financing. Better yet, if you’re not completely set on a new car, go with a used one instead. If you do your research, you can find plenty of used cars in mint condition for a fraction of the price.
There are so many ways to save money on travel that you should never, ever have to pay full price for a vacation. First of all, take advantage of credit card rewards. Sign up for a travel credit card with a large sign-on bonus (just make sure you understand the interest and any annual fees). Sometimes, you can pay for your vacation with points alone. Secondly, comparison shop on sites like Expedia or Priceline. Many of these companies partner up with hotels and airlines for special deals and packages.
You might not find good deals on designer clothing right off the runway, but you can with everything else. All major clothing retailers have promotions and sales, especially around the holiday season. You can also typically find major markdowns at the end of each season, which is the perfect time to stock up for next year. Do the bulk of your clothing shopping during these times of the year so that you’ll never have to pay full retail for a sweater again.
If you prefer to do your shopping online, you’ll like to hear this: you can buy almost anything online at a discount. The great thing about the internet is that you can do comparison shopping across many different stores in just a few minutes. You’ll always be able to find a sale or a promotional discount. You can also use cash back shopping websites, like Ebates and Mr. Rebates, to get cashback on many purchases you make online.
What is one item you’ll never pay full retail for?
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