When I go to a store and find exactly what I want for a good price, it is like winning a prize. But it does not have to be a surprise, you can plan on those great deals by making friends with the people who work there. It does not matter what store or what they sell, getting to know the employees can save you a lot of time and money.
For example, at Lowes the department head lowers the price on items on different days. Knowing which days each department puts their items on clearance ensures you get there before all of those items are gone. They can also let you know which items in the coming week or 2, they plan on reducing the price for and sometimes, sell it at that price in advance. You just may get that mirror you have been wanting for the dining room but could not afford.
Clothing stores want regular customers and if you know a sales person well enough, they can let you know when new items you might like come in, or when they will be marked down. Nordstrom is known for their personal shoppers, but did you know anyone can have one? Not only will they pull things for you in advance, they can do so before their once a year annual sale so you can skip right to the register.
Grocery stores must sell items before they need to be tossed, but sometimes after they have been marked down, they may not be so easy to find. At Safeway I have had someone on the floor take me around and show me items that were marked down over 50% that I had missed.
If purchasing a major appliance or electronics, don’t just go by the prices you see on the shelf. One should always ask the employees if they have floor models that are marked down, they don’t just advertise it.
While many box stores sell a variety of plants, frequently they don’t have the time or trained staff to properly take care of them. Many times I have gone in only to find plants that were past being good to transplant. By finding out when the next shipment comes in, you can get them fresh from the nursery and usually much healthier.
Making friends with the sales associates is just good business. I hope the next time you go to the store you give yourself a little extra times so you can speak to the employees and get know them and find out all the ways they can help you. Let me know what deals you find!