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Who doesn’t love a surprise deal on something they really want? Daily deals have been growing in popularity over the last few years, and for good reason – if used right, a savvy shopper can save hundreds of dollars.
There are daily deals being held at any given time for just about any product or service you can imagine. From restaurant and special events coupons, to high end clothing and merchandise, if you know where to look and when to shop you can take advantage of incredible discounts.
Try these tips to become a daily deal aficionado:
Avoid Browsing Daily Deal Sites Daily
While you may get lucky and stumble on a deal for something you have wanted for a while, chances are you are not going to find a daily deal worth your while every day. Obsessing over the sites is only going to cause you to buy things you don’t really have a need for. Try and keep your daily deal searching for the days when you are actually planning on making a purchase. Or, better yet, sign up for a service that hunts through daily deals for you, and then only sends you those that you may actually need.
Always Shop with a Specified Budget
How many times have you gone to a store to buy one item you knew was on sale, and ended up with 6 shopping bags full of stuff that wasn’t? Sales are designed to lure shoppers in, and then open their wallets. Daily deals are no exception. Before shopping for a daily deal, make sure that you know exactly how much you can spend, and then stick to it.
Be Wary of Signing On For Email Alerts
A number of daily deal sites encourage shoppers to submit an email address so that daily deals can be sent right to your inbox. Trouble is, some of these sites will inundate your inbox with these alerts multiple times during the day until you feel compelled to buy something you don’t need. You are better off to politely decline and only look for daily deals when it is convenient for you, or even better, use that service that sorts through them for you.
Read the Fine Print and Details
Do your research before buying into a daily deal that seems too good to be true. Take, for example, a two-day cruise package for two that is seemingly being offered for half off of $400. Upon further inspection, you see that taxes were not included in the price comparison, and neither was the required gratuity per person. Plus, you have to pay for the transportation to the port and certain amenities on the ship. That $200 savings just disappeared, and now you are over the initial price of $400. Like mentioned above, a daily deal is designed to get you to spend money on other items. The only way for it to really be a deal is if you can avoid doing that.
A savvy shopper is well aware that retailers are always looking for a way to recoup the money seemingly lost from sales and daily deals. Outsmart them by avoiding this trap and control your spending, and you will truly save hundreds of dollars by taking advantage of certain daily deals.
Rhea Ford writes for DEALSBOX, a daily deals app for tracking deals near you, deals from Groupon, LivingSocial, Amazon Local and others.
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