Thursday, December 15, 2005
More Bang for Your Buck: Bargains
Okay, it is crunch time. You need to buy gifts on a limited budget. In tonight's more bang for your buck, we thought we would offer a few ideas in our own holiday theme. Here is 7's Tom Haynes.
WSVN--Tis' the season for shopping and to the stores people dash, Picking out presents and spending lots of cash. Many will brave the crowds and the lines, hoping to catch a sweet sale sign.
Megan: "I am always looking for a deal because I think the money I make is very valuable to me and I want to make it go as far as I can."
Megan is giving gifts she cannot wait to share. But to spread lots of joy, she must find a price that's fair
Megan: "I'm an excellent bargain finder. I like the thrill of the hunt."
Bargains are not too tough to find, with a smart plan you can break any financial bind.
Amanda: "You are able to find bargains at most stores, you just have to know what you're looking for."
If it's big ticket items you're looking for, many retailers will match a price from another store.
Amanda: "Scour the internet see where you are going to find your best bargain."
But if managers, say they can not go any lower, ask for free accessories or warranties for your mower.
Amanda: "As the holiday gets closer it's not a bad idea to ask the salesperson if prices will be reduced in the coming days and perhaps they will be able to give you the discount now."
Discounts can also come at the right time of day. Shop in the morning and a deal may come your way.
Amanda: "The store is likely to be less crowded and the salespeople will be able to give you more attention."
Also, pay close attention to detail. A slight stain or flaw can lead to savings in retail. You'll be offered 10 percent, but 25 is best for a small dent.
Amanda: "Throughout the holidays, people just want to look for bargains any 5, 10 dollars you can save is going to add up in the long run."
And when it comes to buying necklaces and rings, negotiate with jewelers, there's a high mark up on shiny things. Even the procrastinators have a chance to save, last minute shopping is when many prices cave.
Amanda: "That's when retailers will really want to rid of their holiday goods."
For Megan, shopping is a way to give a piece of her heart, and bargain hunting lets her add more to her cart.
Megan: "I really enjoy giving it much more, because I know it didn't cost me a lot but it made the person very happy so that makes me happy in return."
Now, if you plan on traveling this holiday. You will find a better hotel rate if you call the hotel directly instead of making your reservations online.
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