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Save Money At the Mall: My Secret Tips!

You typically go to the mall to spend money, but believe it or not, you can save money there, too.

Whether you’re shopping for some new spring or summer pieces to infuse into your wardrobe, or just hoping to replace those worn out tennis shoes, there are several strategies for saving.
Avoid the Store Credit Card – Lots of retailers are offering special discounts to those who sign up for their store credit card. If you really want to save money skip this deal in disguise. I recently heard a report that Target  Redcard customers spend an average of 44 percent more than other shoppers. That kind of defeats the purpose of saving 5 percent on purchases, doesn’t it? Avoid this lure and you’ll end up saving money in the long run.
Know Before You Go – Treat your trip to the mall like an undercover operation. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make a plan of attack. Think about what stores you may want to hit up and do some pre-planning. Google the stores’ name along with the words “coupon” or “printable coupon.” In just a few minutes you could be arming yourself with valuable coupons that will take cash off your purchase.
Enlist Your Smartphone – According to Nielson, half of cell phone users will carry a smartphone by the end of the year. If you’ve got one put it to good use at the mall. With apps like Coupon Sherpa and ShopKick, coupons for the stores you’re shopping at end up in the palm of your hand. Just show the cashier and save.
Ask About Rewards – Lots of stores have rewards programs. For instance, with AEREWARD$ you earn one point for every dollar spent at American Eagle, Aerie or 77kids. Every three months those points are added up and you receive a savings voucher based on the number of points you accrued. You also get special savings during your birthday month when you share your email. At Victoria’s Secret, for a limited time new Pink Nation members will get a free pair of undies with a purchase just for signing up.
Sign Up for E-Newsletters – For exclusive deals you may not be able to find anywhere else—and to be in the know about upcoming sales—sign up for the e-newsletters of your favorite stores. Yes, junk email is a pain, but if it helps you save money at the mall it’s worth the effort!

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