6 Ways To Score Shopping Deals When You Left All Your Coupons At Home

There’s a reason you have a smartphone.
06/01/2017 09:25 am ET Updated Jun 01, 2017

You’re almost positive you received a mailer for an Ann Taylor Loft sale, but now you can’t find it for the life of you. Here, six ways to still score major shopping discounts and deals.

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SEARCH YOUR EMAIL

There’s a reason you have a smartphone. If you received a promo code via snail mail, you probably received it via email, too. It sounds basic, but it never hurts to do a super-quick inbox search from the dressing room.

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THEN, CHECK FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Almost all in-store promotions are announced on social media first. All the more reason to follow your favorite brands to keep track of deals.

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FLASH A COMPETITOR DISCOUNT

A lot of stores (like Target and Best Buy) offer a price-matching guarantee if you can prove that the exact same item is being sold for less from select retailers like Amazon. Hey, never hurts to try.

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LINK COUPONS AHEAD OF TIME

You know that spool of paper coupons that prints at the register after you scan your rewards card? Stores like CVS ― and sites like Coupons.com ― actually give you the option to link discounts directly to your rewards card (the one on your key chain) so they’re automatically applied the next time you scan it.

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SWING BY THE INFORMATION BOOTH AT THE MALL

If you’re going to shop at the mall, it’s worth taking two minutes to stop at the guest services booth to see if they’re offering any promos for specific stores. A lot of times, they’re the keeper of the coupons--and they may even have special universal customer-appreciation shopping deals (like 10 percent off at every store).

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JUST BE DIRECT AND ASK

This one requires a bit of charm, but most times, if you mention that you’re pretty positive you had a promo code that you can’t pull up right now, salespeople will help you out by honoring the deal. (Come on, they want you to shop there, don’t they?)

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