Nothing gets a woman’s heart racing like a good bargain! At least, that’s what the ladies on my staff tell me. So, here are some strategies for better bargaining, courtesy of Woman’s Day magazine and Kathryn Finney, author of the book "How To Be a Budget Fashionista".
- Bargain for EVERYTHING. There’s no such thing as a set price, even at major department stores. If you spot a lipstick or a pen mark, negotiate at least 20% off.
- Shop the children’s section. Are you a size 12 or below? Head to the boys department for lower-priced basic t-shirts and preppy polos.
- Shop high-end, buy low-end. Hit the most expensive stores to check out the latest styles, then go to the more moderately priced places to but similar items for less.
- Calculate your “cost per wear.” Simply divide the total cost of the item by the number of times you think you’ll wear it. The result will be your “cost per wear.” The lower the number, the better. And it’ll make you feel better about paying a little more for something you’ll wear often.
- Get a friends and family coupon.
Know someone who works in retail? They’re often allowed to give coupons to their loved ones – so ask!
- Try EVERYTHING on. No excuses - even the $3 dollar tank top you’re sure will fit. Trying things on saves money. And that’s the whole point of getting a bargain!