Seven ways to never pay full price

Our list of cheeky tricks will have you never having to pay full price again.

Seven ways to never pay full price

Nowadays, retailers have to compete for your business with their online counterparts. Often, the online stores can offer shoppers lower prices, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a good deal at a bricks-and-mortar store by using these tricks.

1. Ask for a lower price
This is the first go-to move if you want to pay less than the advertised price for any goods. It’s a retailer’s job to sell goods and, more often than not, they will always have some sort of margin with which to play. Take advantage of this by making them do the work of selling you the item you’re after.

2. Speak to retail staff
It’s a good idea to communicate with retail staff to see if you’re getting the best deal available. Retail staff members are usually quite friendly and if they’re not, then just move on to another one (it can’t hurt your cause to have a staff member be rude to you – it may even give you leverage when asking for a discount). If you’re friendly to them, the chances are you’ll find out if the item you want to buy will be on sale in the near future, or if there are in-store alternatives that do the same job for less money.

4. Use the internet as a weapon
If you find yourself in a shopping centre looking for a good deal on a pair of shoes, it’s advisable to use the internet to compare prices. You may find that retailers are willing to match (or come close to matching) a price advertised online. So find what you’re after in store, then check out the lowest price online and show them. It can’t hurt to try.

5. Keep the receipt
It’s always good practice to keep the receipt on any items you buy, but if you happen to spot a better price on an item a couple of days after you’ve just bought it, go back to the retailer and ask them to price-match it. Some will give you the difference as a refund. If not, then refund the item fully and buy it again at the lower price.

6. Tap the power of social media
Follow your favourite brands and retailers on social media to stay up to date with all the latest sales and lowest prices. You never know when a special promotion will get you that striped shirt you’ve had your eye on for weeks. Some brands may also promote social media – only deals that could save you a bundle.

7. Subscribe to discount deal sites
There are a tonne of special discount deal and offer websites that your favourite brands will often use to get rid of excess stock, out-of-season stock, items in unusual sizes or colours, or promoting new stock at much lower than retail prices.

But be careful: the idea here is to save money, not spend more on things you feel you need to buy just because they’re cheap. This form of retail trickery happens online as well as in store, so don’t get trapped – use these websites to your advantage.

Do you have any tricks that you use to not pay full price? Why not share them with our members?

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    Old Geezer
    11th Jul 2017
    10:24am
    The biggest way to save is ask yourself if you really need the item, have somewhere to put it and have the spare cash to buy it. Most times you can save by doing without the item instead.
    MICK
    11th Jul 2017
    11:08am
    Geeze leon.... I thought you had written the peeing in the middle of the night article. Got that one wrong.
    I pretty well use most of the above but you should note that the con of our age is for the big retailers to double the true price and then give you 50% off. Pretty obvious when you go into Woolies or Coles as it happens all the time on some lines.

    Crumpets in Woolies and Coles used to sell for 99 cents a few years ago (all the time) are now $1.50 and advertised as 50% off. Many more items use the same approach and some places have a permanent 50% off sale going on year in and year out.
    Blossom
    11th Jul 2017
    3:00pm
    Crumpets - yes a few years ago. Do you know how many times the wholesalers have increased their prices during that time?? As retirees we don't have any advantage of increase of wages although prices seemed to go up as soon as wages did.
    As for 50% off Sales, some are only on a few lines with very little stock and different lines are promoted. Some have terms & conditions too.
    KSS
    11th Jul 2017
    8:51pm
    Those of us in the workforce have not had the advantage of a wage increase for a few years either Blossom!

    11th Jul 2017
    11:11am
    I save quite a lot by buying groceries in quantity when they are on special example uncle Toby's cerial $4.00 on special $6.00 + normal price. There are many other items with similar discounts. But I guess you have to have the storage space and the cash in the first place
    Old Geezer
    11th Jul 2017
    11:54am
    Uncle Toby is rich people's food and so overpriced even on special.
    MICK
    11th Jul 2017
    12:02pm
    That is smart Fair Dinkum but try the Aldi oats. Pretty good and much cheaper as with many other items.
    Australians are a bit slow but are now starting to shop at Aldi for a very good reason.
    Old Geezer
    11th Jul 2017
    12:21pm
    Mick I agree Aldi oats tastes better and even cheaper than Uncle Toby's when it's half price. Try half Aldi oats and half Aldi muesli for some decent nourishment. Add some dried fruit and almond meal for some extra goodness. Maybe some prunes as well if you have problems being regular.
    MICK
    11th Jul 2017
    12:25pm
    Just because you buy unbranded products from Aldi does not mean they are not top quality. Some are far superior to the same sort of items you buys at Woolies and Coles.
    Aldi products are generally in no way like the Black and Gold products from the duopoly. Advertising costs is where much of the cost for brand products is.
    Blossom
    11th Jul 2017
    3:08pm
    MICK,
    Black & Gold Products are produced by major manufacturers who also make their own products to sell under their own brand name. I have personally seen and processed Manufacturer's invoices with Black & Gold products on them...the same method re. supply applies to Foodland and IGA branded products are the same procedure as Black & Gold. (I have seen all of those on Invoices).
    e.g. unless it has been changed in the last 8 years Anchor Foods package Black & Gold dried fruit.
    missmarple
    12th Jul 2017
    12:22pm
    Blossom, I have bought quite a lot of Black and Gold products from my local IGA when I can't get to ALDI'S and I haven't had any probs, name brands are dearer bcos of the name
    Bow Maker
    11th Jul 2017
    1:01pm
    If very one gets to know about Aldi the line at the check out is going to get longer.
    Blossom
    11th Jul 2017
    3:12pm
    They are already getting longer in SA and more stores are planned for later this year. Only disadvantage is you have to pack goods yourself or just put them straight back into your trolley. Only prepaid deli meats which work out pretty expensive regardless of where you buy them anyway. I reckon at least 95% of their products have their own brand name on them. Coca Cola is one of the few exceptions.
    Blossom
    11th Jul 2017
    3:17pm
    Aldi doesn't have a membership fee either.

    Costco does -something like $60.00+ per year. You need to know your prices and be prepared to buy in bulk. Only other advantage is cheap
    fuel.
    missmarple
    12th Jul 2017
    12:28pm
    A couple of minutes to pack your own groceries is worth it when you way up the savings by shopping at ALDI, I have to travel 65 klm to my closest store so try to go every 3-4 weeks and do a big shop
    nannyalone
    14th Aug 2017
    1:00pm
    The pricing comes in the Name Brands and packaging. The more colour and detail, the dearer it is. This goes for medication, foodstuff, clothing etc. A lot of manufacturers provide many different products under different labels and the more colour, the price goes up and up.. I have worked in the pharmaceutical and dairy food manufacturing industry and know this is true