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Three ways to shop for less

Shopping is much more fun when you’re not breaking the bank. Here’s how to shop with suss


1. Find the factory stores

Pam Black, author of The A-Z Of Factory Shops In The Western Cape (Pam Black Publications), says goods on sale at factory shops are usually cancelled orders, overruns, samples and rejects. ‘You could get 30% to 50% off some big-name brands, and if you visit a factory shop when it’s having a sale, the savings can be far higher.’ Map out in advance the stores you wish to visit, she advises, and if you are travelling a long distance it’s a good idea to phone and confirm that they’ll be open when you plan to visit. Visit www.factoryshops.co.za.


2. Get a loyalty card

All business-owners want your return business, so even small outlets like beauty salons and CD stores have instituted loyalty cards where you are rewarded in some way. Clicks and Dis-Chem have them. Pick n Pay customer-care consultant Henry Smith says the company’s Smart Shopper programme gives you back one point for every one rand you spend. That’s R10 for every R1 000. If you go online to www.picknpay.co.za you will see what items are getting double or triple points for that day. Holders of Woolworths store, credit, Difference or MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cards will get up to 20% off on various items, including groceries, clothing and homeware.


3. Group together

Register with www.daddysdeals.co.za, www.wicount.co.za, www.groupon.co.za and www.dealclick.co.za, which all use collective buying power to offer good discounts – some as high as 70% – on travel, hair and spa treatments, clothing, restaurants and other items. You’ll receive e-mails daily with their specials. ‘The deals change constantly,’ says Groupon marketing manager Jessica Stewart, who says the group has almost 143-million subscribers worldwide. Only when a certain number of deals are bought will the deal go live or ‘tip’. If the deal doesn’t ‘tip’, buyers are refunded.




By: Nia Magoulianiti-McGregor, Good Housekeeping

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