Butter up sales associates with your charm
The nicer you are to store employees, the less you spend. “Nobody realizes that there are hidden discounts in almost every shop you walk into,” says Mark Ellwood, author of Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World. “All it takes is a smile and a little charm.” Don’t assume there aren’t any discounts in a store just because you don’t see any sale signs. When you walk through the doors, exchange pleasantries with the first salesperson you see, then ask about any discounts for the day. Often, you will save a few bucks or learn to wait and come back for a sale in a few days. Make sure you know the nearly invisible ways stores trick you into spending more.
Know your limits
Don’t fret about buying your family an overload of presents for Christmas. They will also receive gifts from relatives and friends, so there’s no need to spoil them too much if you’re watching your budget. Jordan Page, author of the Fun Cheap or Free blog, recommends giving your kids two presents: the bigger gift from the parents and a smaller one from Santa. “Parents feel a lot of pressure about Santa gifts,” Page says. “This way it gives the parent more control and the kid is more understanding about what they do and don’t get for Christmas from Santa.” Use these 23 psychology tricks to spend less in stores.