So this Frugal Hack comes from a new reader here at Rather-Be-Shopping.com (who also happens to be a distant relative), which is WAY cool. Long story short, she scored a pair of $85 Silver brand jeans at Macy’s for $4.99!
So how the heck did she do it?
She was shopping at her local Macy’s and well, why don’t I just let her explain it in her own words…
Awesome. So let’s break this down a bit so you can give it a try. Here are some details to look for:
Look for Clearance Items
- By only looking at the clearance rack you’re much more likely to find items that will fit the “buy online and return to store” criteria.
- Look for items that are darn near out of stock which they don’t have in your size. This should not be that difficult.
- The only way this works is if the stores website is selling the item for more than the in-store price. This actually happens all the time as brick & mortar stores are constantly slashing prices in an effort to clear out inventory to make room for new styles.
How To Return and Re-Buy
- Once you find an item you want that is a screaming deal, just order from the website, return in-store, and re-buy at the lower in-store price.
- If the store you are shopping at has a smartphone app, and most big department stores do, make sure you download it and have it available when shopping in-store. You’ll be able to quickly see what the stores website is selling the item for and find some great deal opportunities.
- Here is a list of popular store apps to help facilitate this frugal hack:
Being Friendly Goes a LONG Way
- Because this hack requires you knowing if the store will let you return items in-store that were bought from their website, start up a friendly conversation with an employee and ask if this is an option. By being upfront with what you’re trying to accomplish it will take the stigma out of it. After-all, it is nothing more than smart shopping.
While this hack is not something you can take advantage of during every shopping trip, it certainly is something to be aware of, especially during the upcoming holiday shopping season when in-store and online pricing can very wildly.
Ask the Reader: Have you ever tried buying online and returning the item to the store in order to score a deal? Let me know how it worked out.
By Kyle James