Befriend Sales Associates
“Are you head over heels for a pair of pretty sandals but cringing at the price? Become friendly with the sales associate and ask her to call you if the item you’re interested in gets marked down. Say, ‘I love these shoes but unfortunately can’t afford them right now. Would you let me know if they go on sale?’ This strategy works best at upscale department stores.”
Vicky Oliver is the author of The Millionaire’s Handbook: How to Look and Act Like a Millionaire Even If You’re Not ($13, amazon.com).