Money Hack: How to score a discount code when there are no promotions running

Mia Steiber 15 March 2017

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Can't find a working discount code? Here's how to get one.

If you're anything like me, you'll hate paying full price for anything. There is so much competition in the retail space these days that most stores have sales or promotions running at least once a month. So, I know that if I just wait a few weeks, whatever fashion or beauty piece I've been coveting will inevitably end up on sale.

But sometimes there can be a bit of a sales dry period, particularly in between Easter and end of financial year. So, some of you might feel as though you'll have to bite the bullet and pay full price for that new dress or pair of jeans you've been wanting.

But you don't! There is always a way to score a discount on your shopping cart, even if you just sign up to the store's newsletter. If you've exhausted all other options, you need to try this. It may not work on every site, but it does work on a lot of them.

The hack

Add your items to your shopping cart and click to view. Once you've logged in, abandon your cart. Within a day, most sites will send you a discount code as an incentive to complete your purchase.

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Once you're done browsing and you've added everything you want to your cart, click through to complete the purchase process. Log in if you already have an account and if you don't, you'll need to make one. This is essential. Once you've made an account, fill in all your details including address, shipping preference etc. When you get to the last possible point before payment, close the window and abandon your cart.

It may take a whole day or maybe just a few hours but many sites will email you a discount code to encourage you to buy. Boohoo and Beginning Boutique are just two of the sites that use this technique.

You may only get 10% off but it's better than paying full price.


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