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Segment: Shopping Discounts: Link to video segment http://pix11.com/2017/03/13/heres-how-to-save-some-money-in-stores/

Who wants to wait for a sale? By then the stores often don’t have your size or it’s late in the season. Bobbi Rebell, author of “How to Be a Financial Grownup: Proven Advice from High Achievers on How to Live Your Dreams and Have Financial Freedom,” shares with some strategies to get your own personal discount on full priced merchandise.

Tactic 1- Bond with the salesperson- works best in smaller stores where they have more discretion

  • When you enter the store- find a salesperson and be friendly. The reason is that you want them to invest as much time in you, and making the sale.
  • Tell them what you are specifically looking for- it’s important that they know you are a “real” buyer and not just browsing
  • When you find what you like, talk about how much you like it, but make a discreet comment about the price- that’s it’s more than you want to spend, if only it were on sale.. etc..
  • Then say you want to think about it and go silent. Maybe make a call. But stay, and be cool. Often after a time they will get anxious and want to close the sale and will say something like "if you get it today I can give you 20 percent off."
  • If they don’t offer a discount, discreetly pull them aside, ask them quietly and nicely if they can do anything for you on the price. They will almost always say either yes- or “let me go ask my manager."
  • Don’t be greedy – if you get 20 percent buy the item and thank them profusely (but still discreetly- don’t let other customers know!) . Signup for their mailing list and be enthusiastic. You’ll want the discount next time.
  • DEPT STORE STRATEGY: Ask when the friends and family sale is happening, and if you can get the discount on pre-sale. Usually worth 20-25% on in season merchandise. Also if you see a slight imperfection- that’s usually worth 10 percent off.

 

Tactic 2- the local discount

  • When you are paying simply ask- do you offer a locals discount- ? This can be local resident- or someone who works locally. Or Do you offer a tourist discount?
  • Not a local? I’ve been asked if I’m a local- and said no- but can I get the local discount for being honest about not being a local, got a big smile- and a discount. If they have the discretion to give a local a discount- they can give one to you too.

Tactic 3 - online

  • Honey browser extension - It will automatically search for coupons for you. You install it in advance. Click on the button, it searches and then will apply the discount so you get the best price.

Tactic 4 – better late than never

  • If you do buy full-price and it goes on sale- there is not an app to get your discount.
  • PARIBUS. If you buy something online, link your mailbox to the app. Send the receipt to the mailbox (Which most stores will do for you) Not only does it let you know if the price drops – it gets you the difference back from the merchant. THE CATCH: They take 25% of what you get back.

 

 Segment: Broadway discounts:

Link to video segment http://pix11.com/2017/01/11/cheap-broadway-tickets-online-shopping-codes-and-more/

Bad money habits can be a hard to break.  In this PIX Financial Fix, we are teaching you how to spend money the right way.
Bobbi Rebell, financial columnist and author of the book "How To Be A Financial Grownup,"  shares her tips

 

Broadway deals:
Be a seat filler
https://www.theaterclub.com/
https://www.theaterextras.com
http://www.play-by-play.com/
https://www.audienceextras.com

**Generally a $99 annual fee but that is less than one full price Broadway ticket. Then usually less than $5 per ticket.

Broadway Rush tickets and lotteries.

http://www.nytix.com/links/broadway/lotteryschedule.html

Can get tickets to some shows via a lottery for as little as $10! Even Hamilton!
Other discount websites to check out:
https://www.todaytix.com/shows/nyc
http://www.theatermania.com/

TKTS: If you go to Brooklyn or South Street Seaport you can get next-day matinee tickets at a discount. Avoid the tourists!

Sit solo: You can get great deals and better seats if you only need one seat

TDF.org: $34 annual membership, tickets never cost more than $47. Here’s the catch: you have to be a student, union member, teacher, civil servant, recent graduate or retiree.

Secret weapon: School auction websites like biddingforgood.com often have tickets for shows and events at below market price!

ONLINE SHOPPING
Use a plug-in app called Honey.  It will search for the codes for you, install it and it will come up and apply it.

Ebates.com is another good one. Install it once and it will pop up and give you a rebate. Also consider

Retailmenot.com and coupon.com

When you shop online, if you put something in your cart, leave it and come back a bit later, you will often get a discount code sent to you! Retailers will already know you are interested in the product so they want to seal the deal. It’s easier to get a sale from you then to start over with someone else.

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