As someone who loves shopping but doesn't have the biggest bank account, I'm always looking for ways to get a great deal. I've come close to mastering the art of shopping, because I've learned the best ways to get discounts wherever possible. This post is a follow up to one I posted awhile back, so be sure to check that out if you're interested in more ways to save while shopping!

Price Matching
Some stores, like Nordstrom, will offer price matches. If you find an item cheaper somewhere else, they will match that price. All you have to do is talk to someone at their customer service team. Once they are able to verify it, boom! You’ve got a sale!

Donations
Some companies will give you discounts if you bring in old clothes and donate them in store. This is a great way to help others and clear out your closet. H&M will give 20% off for clothing donations made. Bon Ton stores also give discounts when you bring in old clothes and donate them, which can range from 15%-25% off depending on the item.  Just do a little research into brands and see who else will give you similar deals!

Hautelook
I feel like I talk about this site all the time, but I can’t help it. It’s honestly the best. If you don’t already know, Hautelook is a Nordstrom company that runs timed sales on particular items. It’s a great way to get amazing deals. I’ve seen places like Free People, Rebecca Minkoff, Fossil, Steve Madden, and so many more have sales on here. And we’re talking like 50% off! The trick is to check often, sales start at 8 AM PST, or 11 AM EST. The faster you get on, the better chances you have at getting those highly coveted pieces.

Texting Lists
These are similar to email lists, but through texting. Usually stores advertise these in their store, either on the walls or near check out. All you have to do is text a number and boom! Instant discount. I know H&M had this for awhile, I think they still do. But this is a good way to get an instant 10%-20% off items in store. Can’t beat that!

Coupons at Checkout
Coupons at Checkout is a Google Chrome add on that you can get. What it does is alerts you while you’re shopping at a store if they’ve got on online coupon floating around somewhere. It’s a time saver, because it saves you the trouble of looking for them, and a money saver! It doesn’t cause any harm to your computer, and it helps a ton!

Resale Sites
Places like Depop and eBay are a great place to buy clothes. A lot of items on here are unworn or gently worn, so they’re still in great condition, but they are priced at next to nothing. Just make sure you’re buying from a trusted person. Getting designer items on resale sites risks buying fakes, so do your research! If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Having said that, I’ve gotten items from Topshop and Zara on eBay that originally retailed for $80+ and I bought them new for $20. Insane!

Published by Molly Griffin