Shopping Tip #1
Arrive during the first hours of store openings. You are guaranteed the best parking spot and this will allow you to drop off your bags-of-bargains as you move from store to store. This also helps beat the crowds on those big shopping weekends and sales days we frequently have. Many stores in the Valley are close by so you can actually plan your day walking store to store.
Shopping Tip #2
Many stores start weekend sales a day early so call ahead by using the advertiser index located in all of our maps to see if their weekend sale has already begun.
Shopping Tip #3
When you walk into a store ask if there are any discount coupons available. Some only have them on line but others participate in local advertising that includes discount coupons. The store manager may have some behind the counter.
Shopping Tip #4
Speaking of coupons, keep your coupons in one location in your purse and alphabetize them by store. You’ll be thankful you did when you are cashing out.
Shopping Tip #5
Treat your receipts the same way as coupons. Keep them in one place and in alpha order in your purse.
Shopping Tip #6
Especially at Factory Outlet Stores and during sales, always ask about a store’s return policy. Some stores are cash-back with a receipt and other s only give you a store credit. Some even allow you to return an item at your own hometown store location. If you have traveled a long distance, it’s always good to ask before you pay.