NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Retailers know exactly how to lure shoppers into stores, from glitzy sale posters to endless advertisements and social media postings.
For consumers, the goal is make sure each purchase is made when the item is on sale, though this task is easier said than done.
Some innovative apps and websites can pretty much guarantee you score the best deals and make the bulk of your purchases when those items hit the sale racks. Here are some steps to take:
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1. Arrange for an alert when the price drops
When shopping online, it’s difficult to predict when that $70 pair of jeans will go on sale. By installing the “Hukk It” button from price comparison website Hukkster.com, you’ll get an alert when an item drops in price.
The next time you’re on a retailer’s website, look for the button and enter the price you’d like to pay for the item. For that $70 pair of jeans, enter in $60, for example, and Hukkster will let you know when those jeans drop below $60.
2. Use a smartphone app to guide your shopping
It’s frustrating when an item goes on sale a few days after you paid full price.
This is where the free Decide app comes in handy. The app uses an algorithm to track billions of price movements, especially on electronics and appliances. Simply enter the name of the item you’re trying to buy (or scan the barcode) and the app will tell you whether you should buy now or wait a few days or weeks in anticipation of a sale.