Money Hack: How to buy full-priced items instore, for less

Posted: 27 April 2019 8:00 am

Girls shopping Image: ShutterstockMost of the best sales are reserved for online shopping, but this doesn't mean you always need to pay more instore.

I stumbled across this money hack by accident last week, and feel foolish that I'd never considered doing it before. If you're like me and you prefer to go shopping the old fashioned way in a physical store rather than through your laptop or smartphone on your couch at home, this hack is for you.

Yes, online shopping is super convenient and easy. Yes, online shopping often allows you to take advantage of great sales and discounts that often aren't available in the physical store. But there's something about going into a store to get a good look at everything and try things on that still appeals to me. However, it does annoy me when I find something I like online that's on sale, yet when I find the same item instore it's still full price.

The hack

Last week I bought a new jacket from Myer that I'd been eyeing off for quite some time. I'd tried it on instore during my lunch break and by that afternoon I was ready to go and buy it. Before I did I decided to have a quick look online, just to make sure I didn't find anything I liked better with a cheaper price tag.

I found the same jacket online on the Myer website that I'd tried on earlier that day, except online it was listed as 25% off. The only reason I didn't want to buy it online was I had a gift voucher for Myer that could only be used instore. Plus, I wanted to take it home with me that day as I had an event that night and I wanted to wear it.

That evening, I went back into the Myer store and showed the staff the same jacket on the Myer website for 25% less. They told me this was an online promotion only, but that they were happy to honour it instore since I'd bothered to ask.

So I left the store, jacket in hand, happy that I'd just knocked 25% off the price simply by checking online first and asking the question. If they say no, well, you can buy it online and save anyway. It's a win win, really.

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