It’s long been the case that you can get a lower price on most purchases if you are willing to wait — until an item is out of season or becomes last-year’s model. If the thing you covet isn’t sold out, there’s usually a discounted price for it — eventually.
Another time-honored way to save is to search for coupons.
The thing is, there are times when we simply need — or want — something that is not marked down yet. What if there is no coupon or sale to be found?
That’s why the digital age is so awesome for shoppers. If you use the tools that are available through websites, credit cards and gift cards, you can score at least 10 percent off in most cases for most purchases — without waiting for sales or searching the papers for coupons.
Following are three simple steps that can help you save on anything you could possibly need to buy. If you’re like most people, you will not go back to paying full price — or waiting for a sale.
Step 1: Find a discounted gift card