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How to Make Your Own Sale

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Forget about waiting for a sale. These days you can make your own sale. Here's how:

1. Buy a Half Off Deal

The web is ablaze with deal sites these days. Trawl them for half-price vouchers for your favorite businesses, and the next time you walk through the door everything will be 50% off:

Deal Sites Worth Checking Out:

2. Snag a Coupon

A $10-off-a-purchase-of-$50-or-more coupon puts you in charge of what's on sale. So does a 40%-off-a-single-item coupon. Look for coupons like these in the Sunday paper, on the bottom of receipts and on store websites. There are plenty of them out there.

3. Haggle

Haggling isn't just for flea markets and yard sales. Ask retail stores to give you a better price, and you just might get it:

4. Buy a Discounted Gift Card

Gift Card Granny sells discounted gift cards for hundreds of stores and restaurants. Snap up cards for the places you shop at most, and get all of your purchase at below-retail prices.

5. Use a Competitor's Coupon

Lots of stores accept competitor's coupons. If you don't see the deal you want, make it with another store's coupon:

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