18 Things You Should Never Pay Full Price For
It’s not always worth it to pay full price for some items—sometimes, it’s better to hunt down the deals and get the discount.
A car’s value drops 20 percent the second you drive it off the lot, so paying full price for a new car doesn’t make any sense—so buying a used car makes much more financial sense. If you really want a new model, make sure you buy at the end of the month or year. Why? Because that’s when salesmen need to make their quota and clear out old inventory. Check out these insider secrets to help you save at all of your favorite stores.
College textbooks don’t come cheap, but there are a lot of options to get them at a discounted price. You can rent them for the semester or try to find a used one on sites like Amazon or Chegg. Also, be sure to search around for a digital version, as they tend to be a little cheaper than buying a book. Read up on these savvy shopping tricks you’ll wish you knew all along.
A fresh coat of paint can make an old piece of furniture look brand new. Always look for second-hand versions before paying full price for a piece of furniture. If you’re moving and need to buy a lot of new pieces, ask your friends and family. People are always looking to get rid of furniture they’ve been storing in their basement!
There is a lot of competition in the world of gyms, so they are constantly offering promotions to draw in new customers. Shop around on different gym websites to see what kind of deals are being offered. When you find the right one, talk to someone to sign up—there’s a good chance you’ll be able to negotiate some costs like the registration fee. Also, look into your employee benefits. Many companies offer discounts at certain gyms or will reimburse you for your membership.
Appliances like washing machines and refrigerators take up a lot of room in storage so when new models come in stores need to get rid of the old models and will sell them at a discount. To avoid paying full price, shop for appliances in the fall when they are about to release new models. These are the times you should never, ever pay with cash.
To avoid paying full price for a vacation, book on sites like Expedia or Hotels.com. Book your flights and hotel at the same time to get even more of a discount. Also, sign up for airfare alerts so that you know when the cheapest time to buy is.
Even if you’re really excited to see the hottest Broadway show, don’t buy your tickets too early. You can get great deals if you search reselling apps, like StubHub, a few hours before the show. Sellers will discount the price before the tickets become worthless.
If you find yourself picking up the same magazine week after week, stop. Getting a subscription for that magazine is way cheaper than paying cover price for it all the time. Also, shop around on discount magazine sites as they are always offering great deals. Watch out for these hidden fees you had no idea you were paying.
Similar to appliances, lawnmowers take up a lot of storage space and stores don’t like to keep them over the winter months. To avoid paying full price, look into buying a lawnmower in early September to get a good deal. The longer you wait into the winter, the better the deals will be.
You shouldn’t have to pay full price when you dine out. Check the happy hour deals at your favorite local restaurants; sometimes you can get meals for half off their regular price. If you’re going to a chain restaurant, check for coupons online. These are the times you should never, ever use your credit card for payment.
Televisions are a big expense, but you can often find them deeply discounted. You can get the best discounts during Black Friday and two weeks before the Super Bowl.
At the end of the summer, swimsuits get marked way down. To save a lot of money, buy your suits for next season when the vacation season is over and the weather starts to get cold. Watch out for these ways stores trick you into spending more money.
A trip to the movies
Going to see a new movie in theaters can be crazy expensive. If there is a theater you visit often, sign up for their club card to help you accrue discounts. Also, check with an employee about what discounts they offer. Many times student, seniors, and members of the military can get a percentage off of their tickets.
No one likes to pay full price for a book. Ask around to see if any of your friends have a copy you can borrow, visit your local library, or buy a used version on sites like Amazon. When you’re finished reading, sell it back to Amazon so you can basically get your book for free.
You should never pay full price for a high-end dress or suit that you’re only going to wear once. Consider renting formal wear from sites like Rent the Runway or Bag Borrow or Steal. Next, read about how you can get a refund on almost anything.