Every Krazy Couponer wants to save a little extra at the store, so when possible, ask for a price adjustment!

When a product is dented, scratched, or has an aesthetic flaw, it tends not to sell quickly. Stores will often give customers a discount to clear it off the shelf. Make sure not to purchase any cans that are bulging or personal care products that have been opened.

If you come across produce, deli, dairy, or meat items that are bruised or close to their expiration date, ask the shift manager if you can get a small discount. In addition, many grocery stores have a specific time each day when they mark down perishables and items made daily; check at your location. When I was in college, a local grocery store would mark down donuts at 9 p.m. If we were in the market, we’d make sure to stop in at that time. Shop late and ask the manager if he’ll mark them down even more.

You can also employ this tactic at other stores. Look for electronics that have dents or scratches, or clothes that have loose seams or snags.


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11 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Ask for a Price Reduction”

  1. Becky says:

    I just did this on a pair of shoes that had a scuff. They were already on clearance and the store gave me an additional 15% off. After clearance and discount I bought a $70 pair of heels for $17 :)

  2. Every time I have asked for a discount at TJMaxx or Ross, they have given it to me — usually it’s just 10% but some is better than none.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I did this at TJMaxx the other day with a Juicy Couture purse that didn’t have one of the things that the brand hangs from their purses and they said no. I even requested the manager and she also said no… I didn’t buy that one… Bought another one though!!! Lol…

  4. aphroditybb says:

    I went to Walgreens to grab a dozen eggs for $0.99 the other night on my way home. They only had one container left and only 11 of the eggs were still intact. I asked about a possible discount since they didn’t have any more. The manager was so polite and kind and gladly gave me the 11 eggs for $0.90 instead. It isn’t much, but every penny counts!

  5. Emma says:

    I work at a clothing store and we will do this. If something is damaged we will normally give 50% off to people that ask. Don’t be shy! It is always a final sale so if you aren’t certain you can fix the zipper or get the stain out don’t buy it unless you need new gardening clothes.

  6. pyrmom says:

    In most instances- particularly in meat or dairy- it pays to be bold and become acquainted with the manager and discuss the mark down time table. Many of my stores start marking the perishables at 8 p.m. In fact at one local chain the ground beef at the butcher counter is marked down to $.98/lb (regardless of grade- ie fat content) on a first come first saved basis. Checking the packaged meat bins for soon to expire dates is always a good idea. Hopefully you will have markets where markdowns are placed in a separate bin- usually in a remote corner of the meat department.
    Not only should you check the shelves for markdowns in the dairy section also do a quick run through to see if your store also places markdowns in a special bin. Same thing for produce. Bakery items in chain stores in my area a bit dicey when it comes to markdowns. I suspect that some stores simply donate soon to expire baked goods to homeless shelters.
    And checked the pre-packaged deli, sausage, and bacon section. Some of my loca stores have started placing markdowns in this section in a special bin. Lastly, take a swing through the frozen food aisles. Experience in finding markdowns is mixed- sometimes the markdowns/closeouts have a special attention getting tag on the shelf and sometimes the markdowns are moved to a separate and distinct location within the department.
    Because I live in a large metro area some of the practices regarding markdowns may not mirror all sections of the country. But don’t forget to take your coupons and use them on markdowns. Hopefully, your stores like mine accept coupons on markdowns and closeouts.

  7. Tina says:

    Some dented cans are unsafe to eat – but not all are. I came across this link that tells you how to figure out whether air has gotten in or if it’s safe – so it may be worth looking at if you plan on buying them (or if you have any in your home already): http://voices.yahoo.com/how-tell-if-dented-safe-use-2150192.html?cat=25

  8. Anonymous says:

    I always would have been uncomfortable doing this. But this tip gave me confidence

    • Anonymous says:

      Awesome! You can do it :) You have nothing to lose by trying!

    • Lovin Summer says:

      Don’t be! If you don’t ask, how can you get the discount? I went to Off Broadway the other day, and found a peep toe pump that I HAD to have. They only had a few in my size and all of them had some sort of scratch or flaw (I think because of the type of material…scratches very easily, but still…that’s not MY fault and I refuse to pay full price on something that is “flawed”) so I of course asked the cashier for a discount, and they gave me a 20% final sale. It was fine w/ me cause I loved the shoes…and still saved about 8.00 on top of my cpns! so always ask!