Do your re­search and be­come a savvier shop­per

The Chronicle - - Your Money -

AC­CORD­ING to re­search from E.ON, 90% of us would de­scribe our­selves as “savvy shop­pers”.

But even if you think you’ve got an ea­gle eye for a bar­gain, is there more you could do?

Jas­mine Bir­tles, who runs MoneyMag­pie of­fers some tips:

TRY hag­gling on­line – get as far as the check­out, then sim­ply log-off. Some on­line re­tail­ers will then con­tact you to see why you didn’t buy. You can say you felt it was too ex­pen­sive, then hag­gle to get money off.

SEARCH the in­ter­net to see if there are any money-off codes you could use.

BUY in bulk. Even if you live on your own, you can make sav­ings by get­ting to­gether with friends and neigh­bours, buy­ing goods in bulk and shar­ing them out. Look out for su­per­mar­ket deals and sales bar­gains.

PLAN ahead and make pur­chases against the sea­son, when they may be cheaper. Con­sider buy­ing gar­den fur­ni­ture in end-of-sum­mer sales, and stock up on Christ­mas cards, presents and dec­o­ra­tions in Jan­uary.

SWITCH and save. Keep house­hold bills down by switch­ing sup­pli­ers, which could save some fam­i­lies hun­dreds of pounds over a year.

Buy­ing in bulk could save you money

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