50 Ways to Get Great Deals on Anything
These tips will help you save money on everything from gas to groceries.
Big-ticket items like DSLR cameras can cost you a pretty penny—unless you time your purchase exactly right. David Pogue, a Yahoo tech columnist, recommends waiting to shop for cameras until Presidents' Day weekend. "New models usually debut in February, so you can count on big discounts on last year's models on Presidents' Day weekend," he writes in his book Pogue's Basics: Money. Find out the 19 must-have items that will save you time and money in the long run.
Sites like RueLaLa.com and Hautelook.com offer pop-up sales on popular beauty brands, from Urban Decay to M.A.C. To save even more, try shopping at Glambot.com, an online beauty store that buys and resells gently used makeup products. Just steer clear of the beauty products you should never waste money on.
Before you shell out hundreds of dollars for glasses at an optometrist's office, check out GlassesUSA. Not only do they offer name-brand eyeglasses for half the price, but they also sell their own frames for as low as $20. And with over 1,500 types of frames, you will have no shortage of options.
Opt for Kirkland toilet paper at Costco; it will give you the most bang for your buck, according to research by Krazy Coupon Lady. After comparing over 15 different types of toilet paper, they found that the Kirkland brand costs just one-third of the price of name-brand TP. Don't miss more things you should buy at Costco.
Whether you need deodorant or Band-Aids, you can save big through rewards programs at CVS and Walgreens. As a rewards member at CVS, you will be eligible for in-store discounts and receive various coupons after every transaction. Walgreens allows you to earn points for up to $5 off any future purchase.
Looking to give your house a new paint job? Head to Home Depot over a long holiday weekend, such as Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, or Labor Day. They slash the prices of one-gallon and five-gallon paint buckets by $5 to $25 on these major holidays. You'll want to memorize these 17 habits of people who are great at saving money, too.
Don't be fooled by sky-high hotel prices. Hotels track your browsing habits and ability to pay in order to determine what they will charge you, so you're not always getting the best price. To stay anonymous while you shop, make sure to clear your search history or download an incognito browsing app.
Instead of selling your old jeans for pennies at your next yard sale, bring them to any Madewell location and receive $20 towards a new pair. Madewell's Blue Jeans Go Green recycling program will turn those "pre-loved" pants into housing insulation for low-income communities. It's a win-win: Your denim goes to a good cause, and you get a great deal on your next pair.
Engagement ring sales peak in December, according to a report by the International Diamond Exchange. Because fewer people are shopping for rings between June and August, summer is the best time to nab a deal. Even if you won't pop the question for a few months, it pays to plan ahead—literally.
Video streaming services
Believe it or not, you might get a discount just for canceling your streaming service. Try signing up for a free trial on Netflix, Hulu Plus, or Amazon Prime, and then hitting the "cancel" button once the trial is up. Odds are, you will be offered a discounted subscription or additional free trial on the spot, Lifehacker reports.