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5 Sears Hacks Every Mom Needs To Know

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If you ask me, there's nothing like a good sale. I don't care if it's on clothes, shoes, appliances, or decor, seeing a good sale just makes me want to pull out my debit card and swipe, swipe, swipe. Though sales are the cream of the crop when it comes to shopping, those alone may not be enough for parents who are shopping for more than one. That's why hitting stores with low price points — like Sears — are always important. Even better than the low price points are the Sears hacks every mom needs to know and will live by forever.

When I was a kid, my mom lived in department stores like Sears. Not only were there always sales going on, but my mom just seemed to know every little hack there was to know about shopping there. I never knew how she did it, but she would always walk out of the store spending less than the marked price offered and that is probably still one of the most mind boggling things in the world to me.

Now looking back, I know that my mom was seriously the OG of department store hacks and I totally can't wait to be like she was in her prime. So, if you're looking for a few ways to get your hacking on, here are five tricks and tips to use during your next visit to Sears.

1. Know About The Price Match Policy

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Gearing up to purchase an item while in Sears, but remember seeing it at another store or online for a cheaper price? You can get that identical item for the lower price at Sears thanks to their price match policy. There are a few exclusions, so be sure to check out their site to see what you should be on the lookout for.

2. Know When To Purchase And When To Hold Out For A Lower Price Point

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According to Reviewed, you should always be checking your dollar and cents value on items to be sure that you're getting the best deal when purchasing. For example, if the item you want ends in 99 cents, it probably isn't on sale. Those that end in 98 cents usually aren't eligible for a lower price point due to manufacturer deals, while those that end in 97 and 88 cents mean that the item is on clearance at its lowest price point and is a closeout item with limited stock, respectively.

3. Join The "Shop Your Way" Rewards Program

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Looking for more savings? Saving Freak noted that you should join the Shop Your Way rewards program to get that. The program enables shoppers to earn one percent cash back in the form of points for every purchase made at any store apart of the Sears Holding Corporation.

4. Shop The Sears Marketplace

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If you're in need of some unique items, shopping the Sears Marketplace can help you get that. Located at the Sears website, you'll have more than a million additional items to choose from sold by different sellers. What's even better is you'll be able to use your Shop Your Way program on these purchases, too.

5. Ask For A Manager To Efficiently Haggle

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According to The New York Times, most department stores are open to haggling when it comes to prices. Managers are open and authorized to negotiate 10 percent below a competitor's price, but ensuring that you've price matched is key. In addition, if the item you're purchasing has recently been on sale or will be on sale soon, you can pay the price from the recent sale or be refunded the difference when it goes on sale in the near future. Be sure to look for scratches, dings, and scuffs — they offer good haggling points, too.