Sometimes raising a family can feel like one extended shopping trip. No sooner have you got the kids back to school with new clothes, kit, and books, then the holiday season’s approaching and you’ve got a whole host of new dreams to fulfill. And that’s not to mention the regular items you need to keep the household running, and everyone happy from your pets, to your S.O., to… yourself. There are few more transaction-intensive periods in one’s life than while living as a young family. Unfortunately, the demands on your time may be such that you find it difficult to put the ideal level of thought into each purchase. Sometimes shopping is a way to buy away problems, but we all know that that checking account is far from bottomless. Thankfully, there’s a seemingly forgotten art to making your dollar go further, and the great news is that once you make the techniques part of your shopping habits, statistics suggest you could wind up getting discounts up to 57% of the time.
One of the best sources for discounts is local, independent retailers, who have more say over the way they do business – which is a double-bonus because we all know that it tends to be a friendlier and more rewarding experience to shop somewhere that the crew are really engaged with what they’re doing. But if it’s more convenient to hit the chain stores, there are still ways and means of getting money off. Big grocery stores, for example, tend to know how to regulate the flow of their dry goods but have no real use for deli counter treats at the end of the day when they know it can’t be sold tomorrow. It’s a great opportunity to get a discount on something a bit more special for dinnertime. When shopping for clothes or equipment, look out for flaws or slightly soiled goods. The big companies especially find it easier to discount such goods and get rid of them, so you might end up with a good price on something that is not noticeably flawed to your kids.
This is just the start of what’s possible, and we’ve found a great new infographic that explains these and more techniques in more detail. Once you’ve tried them out, they should soon become second nature – and they’ll make a big dent in that annual shopping bill for sure.