Couponing 101: What do you do When the Shelves are Cleared

Best Money Saving Ideas: What do you do when the shelves are cleared on

It can be disappointing getting excited for a sale only to find an empty shelf. Especially, when other people beat you to it, and cleaned out all of the inventory! Here are a couple best money saving ideas to avoid this pitfall.

Luckily, there is hope and an easier way. By following a few simple tricks, you can still find the hot deals without spending the rest of the day driving around, or by having to wake up at the crack of dawn to get there first. With a little preparation and know how, you can still snag some hot deals and avoid empty shelves.

First, ask the clerk what day their next truck will come to restock the shelves. Where I go, it comes on Thursday nights. This helps me plan my shopping trips and be more informed. Don’t be afraid to ask. Once you know this, ask the clerk what time you should actually come back.  My store never has any of their truck unloaded until the next morning, so I don’t bother running in to check anymore.  I just show up first thing in the morning. This is important information to know and make a mental note of.

Next, ask a manager/supervisor if they have ordered a lot of the item you’re after. If not, inform them that it is about to be a hot item! In most cases, they will be happy to bump the order up a little if they know that.  Not only will you be making sure they’ve got plenty of the items YOU want, but you’ll be doing the whole coupon community a favor by ensuring there will be enough to go around!

Before the sale, use your time wisely. Use the extra few day before the truck arrives to plan, and clip. Then on the morning/evening of the new shipment, be there ready to start shopping and saving with your list and coupons in hand.  Should you still miss an item even after all of this preparation, see if a rain check is available. For superhot sales rain checks are often not offered, but it never, ever, hurts to ask!

Should you still miss a deal, don’t fret. This happens and is all part of the saving money game. Just remember that slow and steady wins the race, if you miss out on a fabulous deal, there’s bound to be another one just around the corner!

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