While it’s true that some retailers rarely — if ever— offer discounts, these four super-easy tricks can still help you save when buying them. From big-ticket items like computers to everyday expenses like your morning coffee, we’ve got you covered.
Nab hundreds of dollars off at Apple.
Aside from the limited-time sale once or twice per year, Apple products typically don’t get reduced. And if you do find one for less, it may not be from a certified dealer and could be a knock-off. To save on genuine Apple gadgets: Look for refurbished iPads, iPhones, MacBooks and other Apple products here. These are items returned by customers and restored by the manufacturer, guaranteed to be in perfect working condition for up to 15 percent less than the original price, leaving you with an extra few hundred dollars in your pocket!
Score cheap event tickets.
Annoyed when tickets for sporting events or big concerts sell out the day they go on sale and you’re forced to buy from resellers who hike up the prices? Get first dibs at the savings by joining the fan club at the official websites for your favorite teams and performing artists! Members are often sent pre-sale passwords that allow them to purchase tickets before the general public — sans hefty reseller charges. Bonus: Fan club members also get alerted ahead of time about special promotions and event dates when ticket prices will be reduced!
Spot deals at Trader Joe’s.
It’s a firm policy at Trader Joe’s to not hold sales or offer store coupons since the retailer prides itself on its everyday low prices. However, you can spot money-saving deals when you read the store’s weekly Fearless Flyer circular. It features items that cost less right now because they’re in season, so there’s an abundance of them. Tip: While Trader Joe’s doesn’t offer its own coupons, you can save by bringing in manufacturer coupons for brand-name products the store stocks, since most locations accept them.
Cut costs at Starbucks.
The popular coffee shop will sometimes offer deals like BOGO happy hours. But for the most part, sales are few and far between. There are ways to save: When ordering a cappuccino or latte, opt for a short (8 oz.) instead of a tall (12 oz.), or a grande (16 oz.) instead of a venti (20 oz.). The smaller size has the same amount of caffeine as the larger one, for 50 cents less — you’re simply paying for extra milk! Also smart? Join their rewards program. You’ll accrue two stars for every dollar you spend, and just 50 stars gets you a free brewed coffee, tea or bakery item!
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.