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How to Save Time and Money at Best Buy

How to Save Time and Money at Best Buy

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Looking for a refrigerator? A foot massager? A baby gift? A blood pressure monitor? There are lots of ways to save time and money on all these items and more at Best Buy.

Best Buy is unique in the variety of items it supplies. You really can find anything from home appliances to digital cameras to curling irons there. Sometimes, though, it can be overwhelming, especially when you're looking for the "best buy" you can find. Hopefully, these tips will help you get your thoughts organized so that you really will find ways to save time and money the next time you make a purchase at Best Buy.

Best Buy Credit Cards. Often, credit cards basically save you time, because they enable you to shop and manage your account online without every entering a store. This time, though, it'll also save you money. That's because Best Buy cardholders are entitled to exclusive money-saving and other special financing offers. There is no annual fee, the monthly payments are very low - AND there is no interest charged for ninety days, no matter how expensive the purchase (unless you fail to make your minimum monthly payments, in which case interest will be charged retroactively from the date of purchase).

Weekly Sale Events. Every week of the year, Best Buy offers special sale events on items in all their product categories. And the savings can be very significant. For instance, as of this writing, Best Buy was having a sale on various notebook PC's, with savings running from $50 to $400!! These sale events also include instant and mail-in rebates. You should always check them out before making a purchase at Best Buy. Pay attention, though; some specials are only available in-store, some only online, and others are available in both.

Hot Deal Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, from 12:01am to 11:59pm (CT), Best Buy posts a list of incredible deals on all kinds of products. You have to be on the ball, though, because you cannot preview these sales beforehand; they are only posted on Wednesday, and then they're removed.

Weekly Ads. If you prefer shopping in-store as opposed to online, you can check out the weekly specials that are unique to the Best Buy store nearest you. This way, you can see if there are specials on the items you want to buy without going to the store or calling them up to check it out - only to find that you wasted your time.

Outlet Store. Get discontinued, end of line and refurbished items for much, much, less. There is a very fast product turnover, though, so it's best that you constantly check the outlet store before you make a purchase.

Free Shipping Events. Don't you hate it when you find a great deal online, and then realize that the shipping will gobble up a good portion of the discount? Well, I do, which is why I always check out free shipping events. Best Buy offers them weekly, which is much more often than other stores do. In addition, you can buy online and pick up your purchase in the store nearest you, another way to save shipping costs.

Buying Guides. These are wonderful for those times when you want to buy a certain item, but you're not sure which features are offered and if they suit your needs. Best Buy offers extremely clear, user-friendly buying guides on digital cameras, speakers, and more, to ensure that you buy the right item the first time around.

Gift Cards. With these, you can save yourself time and save the recipient money! That's because there is free shipping on all online purchases made with gift cards. They have no expiration, and come in various designs and denominations from $10 to $500.

RewardZone. This is the most direct way to save money at Best Buy. You get 100 points for every dollar you spend, and a $5 certificate every time you accumulate 15,00 points (in other words, $5 for every $150 you spend). You can earn points online, but at this time you can only sign up and redeem them in-store. Unlike gift cards, these do expire, so make sure you use them in time!

The one time and money saver Best Buy doesn't offer is a weekly newsletter. But there are so many other ways to save, and the website is so user-friendly, that you won't even miss it. So use these tips the next time you need an item at Best Buy, and enjoy your shopping!

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