(WETM) – Finishing off its series of money-saving tips, the NYS Division of Consumer Protection is offering up ways for New Yorkers to save on “everyday purchases and subscription services”.
The first full week of March is also National Consumer Protection Week, DCP said. This last round of tips deals with practicing smart shopping in the store (like price matching and comparing prices) and reviewing what kind of memberships you’re signed up for.
“Inflation and rising costs are affecting New Yorkers in every corner of the state, leading consumers to change their spending habits and use different strategies to save money,” said NYS Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez. “This National Consumer Protection Week, our Division of Consumer Protection is educating consumers about the simple steps they can take in their everyday lives to manage their finances and save more of their hard-earned money.”
Below are DCP’s tips to save on regular shopping costs and memberships.
- Compare prices before you buy. With a click of a button, you can quickly shop multiple sites, browse hundreds of items, comparison shop and make purchase decisions for a variety of items. Just remember that before you click, take the time to carefully read and review what you’re buying and who you’re buying it from.
- Plan ahead and match sales with coupons. To maximize your savings, check out store coupons and manufacturer coupons and search for deals on products you need, and then send those coupons to your phone to digitally scan them at checkout.
- Take advantage of price matching. Many retailers will match the prices of local or large online competitors prior to purchase, and some will provide a pricing adjustment if their price drops shortly after purchase. Be aware of retailers’ policies.
- Know the refund and return policy before you buy. Not all stores permit returns. If you think that you may need to return an item, learn what to look for by reading our consumer alert on this topic, or you may get stuck with an item you can’t use.
- Understand the differences between warranties and service contracts before making big purchases. To avoid surprises and save, understand what to look for when reviewing warranties and service contracts. Read our consumer alert on this topic.
- Consider making a swap. Explore swap events in your community where everyone brings items they no longer want and wish to swap, and in exchange, everyone leaves with items they can use! New York City offers frequent stop ‘n’ swaps® events, and many local communities host similar events.
- Evaluate your current subscriptions and memberships. If you have multiple subscriptions, take the time to review what you really use and cancel those used infrequently.
- Contact subscription services directly to find ways to save. Take advantage of discounts through company benefits, enroll in family share plans, pay fees annually vs. monthly and ask the company if there are any other ways to save.
- Cancel automatic renewals. Turn off auto-renewal which limits your opportunity to evaluate your subscriptions every year.