“The default path in any consumer decision is usually the wrong one.”
Between the web and the “commoditization of many services and businesses,” consumers can find great prices if they employ the right shopping tactics.
Buy everything you can online.
Be a patient shopper. Wait for special deals that let you buy inexpensively.
Earn $1,000 or more from sign-up bonus offers from credit cards and banks.
Always have a rewards credit card as well as a benefits card that offer special features, such as extended warranties.
Amazon’s Subscribe & Save service provides an additional 5% to 15% discount off already low prices.
To pay below factory invoice price for a new car, join the car club of the brand you want.
Never buy a Mac laptop at an Apple Store; to save, buy from authorized Apple resellers.
To avoid airport security lines, apply to the US Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler Programs for Global Entry status.