6 Tricks To Save At Big-Box And Warehouse Stores
BREEZE THROUGH WITHOUT OVERSPENDING
Warehouse stores are temptation central! Follow these three rules:
1. STICK TO YOUR LIST
"Many shoppers become overwhelmed by the deals and overload their super-size carts with unplanned purchases," says Woroch. It's understandable, but not always a smart money move, since you wind up with more products than you'll ever use. If you're dead set on grabbing that deal, call a neighbor to see if she wants to split the purchase.
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2. DON'T SETTLE
"Membership stores don't carry a huge variety of brands," says Shannon Hanrahan, a savings expert at PromotionalCodes.com.If you're looking for something specific, avoid grabbing a make-do substitute. "You may end up at the grocery store anyway, spending to get what you really want," she says.
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3. TAKE THE LONG VIEW
"Warehouses require a membership fee," says Hanrahan (anywhere from to 0 a year). "That makes some people feel pressured to make up for that cost in savings in a single trip." Such a mindset can translate into buying things you don't need. Instead, make multiple visits, knowing that you'll break even in a short time. A family that shops every few weeks and saves per trip can pay off their membership in just a few months, says Hanrahan. For a larger family, the cost will disappear much quicker.
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SAVING WITHOUT THE MEMBERSHIP
Membership clubs are great, but there are ways to get deep discounts at Walmart, Target and Kmart, too:
4.Walmart's new Savings Catcher app lets shoppers upload their Walmart receipts and receive credit for any items that cost less at another local retailer.
5.Kmart and Sears both participate in the Shop Your Way rewards program: You can compare and purchase items and earn points both in store and online, which you then redeem for discounts on products.
6.Get your brand-name detergent at Target and Walmart—you'll save 40% to 50% by purchasing the largest size there, says Woroch.
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