At one time or another, you may have felt smothered by pesky sales associates in retail stores. For a long time, I would literally dodge aisles in order to avoid speaking with retail representatives. This all changed when I started realizing that asking them where to find certain items also led to revealing information. While they lead you to the item you’re looking for, open a conversation about what's currently on sale and what might be on sale in the future. Sales associates know about current promotions and should know their own company's sale trends. When I was a retail employee, that was part of my job. Simply asking about sales can lead to valuable knowledge that may come in handy later on. Craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels always have weekly fliers highlighting their deals, but it's very possible that you may not be aware of such promotions unless you planned on shopping there ahead of time or are signed up to receive a weekly flier. Certain products like floral goods seem to go on sale every other week if you pay attention. At the grocery store, I once asked a sales associate the best value wine to purchase for a party. He informed me of several varieties and even hinted that there were deals on better bottles kept in the back that hadn't made their way to the floor yet—bottles he could get for me. So be sure to ask store representatives if there are any coupons currently available or how often a specific product is discounted. Take the time to get to know your store's clerks, take advantage of their knowledge, and don't hesitate to ask them questions!
This is a guest post by Evelyn from Boise, ID