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Not everything in life has a discount, but there are ways consumers can avoid overpaying. Here's a list of items people should never pay full price for, according to

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Clean and cold water comes straight out of the faucet. So why would you buy it in bottles?

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If you're going to buy magazines, the checkout line isn't the place to do it, as they can cost $2.99 to $9.99 per copy.

Getting a subscription can save you up to 93 percent off.

Video games

Video games are generally less expensive when purchased online than at a store.

Also, waiting to buy a video game until it's on clearance can save a gamer a lot of money.


Who wants to pay full price for books? Instead, buy books online. Books are almost always cheaper online then at a store.

And, if you don't re-read books, you can sell them online and it's like you read the book for free, or close to it.

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Buying clothes at retail prices can be pretty pricey. But looking in the clearance section will bring automatic savings.

But there are other ways to save on clothes. Try shopping at wholesale clubs, signing up for deals via email, and using coupons. Also, check out thrift stores and online discount sites.

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There are obvious ways to save on groceries, such as using coupons. But there are other ways to save as well.

Items that are about to expire are usually much cheaper than new items. Damaged items such as dented cans or ripped cereal boxes are usually much cheaper as well.

Most grocery stores have a clearance section. Find it.

Eating out
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Going out to eat can be fun, but it can be even more fun when it's inexpensive. frequently has coupons of up to 80 percent off. In addition to that, be on the lookout for happy hour deals. These can take up to 50 percent off the price of an appetizer.

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Buying tickets for movies, concerts, or a sporting event can be costly. Craigslist has private sellers trying to get rid of their tickets and people can pick them up the day of the event.

If consumers don't have to purchase the tickets immediately, they can look on StubHub.

Gift cards
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There is a plethora of websites that offer gift cards to well-known retailers for up to 50 percent off of face value.

You Never Lose, is a similar website except that people bid on gift cards, that can save as much as 95 percent.

Try websites like Plastic Jungle and Gift Card Granny.

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Don't stay at a hotel for full price. Priceline, Orbitz, and provide options for less expensive lodging.

Using HomeAway and Airbnb can save a person even more money because they find locals to stay with.

Utilizing these ideas will save a person hundreds of dollars.

Vacation packages

Don't book a vacation through a travel agent. Using Priceline for airfare, Airbnb for lodging, and groupon for activities will save a person a lot of money.

But be sure to compare prices.

Outdoor activities
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Wait for fun opportunities to present themselves on Groupon or LivingSocial.

These sites can provide inexpensive fun such as horseback riding, white water rafting and more.

Renting a car
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Search online for discount codes, This will make renting a vehicle cheaper.

Also, be sure to book a reservation online. Doing this in advance ensures a vehicle is waiting for you and it's much cheaper than renting a vehicle the day it's needed.

Purchasing the Entertainment Book is a good idea, because it has a lot of coupons that will more than pay for itself.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

Look at Darwin's Money post: "8 ways to save big on appliances." it lists ways to get discounts on different appliances found throughout the house.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Growing flowers is so much cheaper than buying them.

Just plant some seeds and let nature do the rest. If you don't have enough money to buy seeds, pick some flowers out of a field. That's free.

If a particular type of flower is needed, stick to local shoppes and buy the least expensive of that type of flower.

Housing services
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Before calling a handyman or gardener, look on Craigslist KSL or TaskRabbit.

These websites are chock full of people willing to do the services needed for much less than what a professional would charge.

People on these sites might be just as good as a so-called professional, but they're out of work.

Be safe and ask for references. You don't want the person to do a shoddy job for an unreasonable price.

In-theater movies
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

To make going to the movies less costly, sign up for the theater club card, which helps a person accumulate discounts.

Try going to matinees instead of night shows. This will save a person a lot of money per ticket.

Renting DVDs
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Use DVD kiosks like Redbox. They make renting DVDs cheaper. Not to mention discount codes that are available. Using such codes makes renting free.

Available codes can be found online.

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Instead of buying music on iTunes or at the store, just listen to the radio. That's completely free.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Discount websites are an obvious way to lower the cost of airfare. Don't forget to compare prices though. That will ensure an even better deal.

Sometimes airlines don't do anything with discount travel sites, so people who only stick to discount sites will miss out on deals from the airlines.

T.J. Kirkpatrick, Deseret News

The three best times to buy a car are at the end of the calendar year, the end of the model year, and the end of the month. Dealers want to unload inventory to make room for the new cars they're about to get.

The third reason is because salesman want to hit their monthly numbers. Getting a salesman who wants the commission, can help consumers get a great deal.

Tan skin
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Instead of paying for the use of a tanning bed or bronzing lotions, lay out for a few minutes and catch some rays from the sun.

Don't do it for too long. But if you're going to get tan, do it for free.

Cell phones
Eric Risberg, AP

ExchangeMyPhone is a website that lets people sell their iPads and smartphones instantly. The site pays people for these items, even if the phone is broken, the site will fix the phone and sell it ethically.

Selling your phone will help you pay for your new phone.

Baby food
Andy Alfaro, Sacramento Bee, MCT

Buying fruits and vegetables and putting them in a blender or processor is much cheaper than buying jars of baby food.