Always looking for ways to save money but worried about looking like a cheapskate? You're not the only one: financial pressures and rising costs means most of us are keen to save cash in as many areas as possible.
But it can be hard because opting for the cheaper item may mean that you're also going with poor quality products.
So here are three easy ways you can get what you need, for the best prices, without looking like a cheapskate.
1. Go second hand
Low quality products, even when brand new, often look cheap, and if they aren't well made you'll have to replace them often - which will erase any savings you might have made in the first place. Why not consider buying pre-owned items? This way you'll be able to get the quality you need for the price you want, with savings of as much as 50%. Sites like ebay and Amazon are useful when looking for good quality second hand items.
2. Shun the shops and buy online
You don't have to worry about using discount codes or buying clearance items when you shop online, because no one can see you behind your computer screen! Doing your shopping online can also be beneficial because you have more time to compare items and find the very best price. You'll often be able to find coupon codes online that will further your discounts.
3. Wait for the perfect moment
If haggling isn't really your cup of tea you can save money by timing your purchases right instead. This will be especially effective when you're purchasing big ticket items. For example, opt to buy laptops and computers during back to school sales and shell out for a new TV after the Christmas rush in January and February.
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