For a new twist on low-stress holiday shopping, how about applying the Costco mantra of buying in bulk to gift-giving?
LearnVest.com's Allison Fast is a believer: “This approach can save you time, money and stress.” You can get 10 gifts out of the way with one purchase and you have more bargaining power to negotiate by buying in bulk—not to mention who wants to run to 10 different stores to buy 10 separate gifts?
Exactly. The plan this holiday season is to cut down on the run-around and shipping fees by one-stop shopping. “You know that you can get discounts for buying in bulk at wholesale clubs like Sam’s, Costco and BJ’s,” says Fast. “But buying multiples of an item at a regular store can also earn you a discount since it allows the store to unload inventory. Mention to the store manager that you plan to buy five or more of a particular item and ask for a discount or a “buy four get one free” deal. We’ve seen users get up to 20% off the total price.”
Depending on the size, the classic carry-all tote bag from Land's End costs between $12.50 and $30.50, but if you buy three or more you save $3 per bag. Coworkers and kids can use the small size as a lunch bag, the mid-sized works great at the grocery store and the large is more than ample for a weekend away.
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