Avoid Paying Full Price: Tips & Tricks for Shopping in Spain

Save big bucks by making sure you never pay full price again for lots of items. A few simple tips and tricks will mean you’ll have more in your pocket to spend on life’s little luxuries. And don’t forget that you can probably get those cheaper too!

Refurbished items

Take a look at Amazon Spain and El Corte Ingles online for refurbished items that come with a guarantee. Items include mobiles, laptops, gadgets and lots more.

Other stores such as Media Markt and Worten offer regular promos for unboxed, ex-stock and other clearance items including home appliances.

Never buy the latest model

When the latest smartphone comes out, if you don’t have money to burn why not wait a while? If you love tech you’ll know that when new models come out you can buy the previous one a bit cheaper.

You could also check on the official brand website as many offer a ‘buy back’ promo upon release of a new model and will offer a discount if you trade in your old phone.

Abandon your shopping cart

When shopping online register first and shop, but rather than paying, leave the website before that step.

There’s no guarantee that you’ll get an email with a discount to entice you to go back and finish your purchase, but it only takes a couple of minutes to try.

Mattresses

Out of 365 days a year, mattresses tend to be on offer for 300 days. Don’t be the one who gets caught out paying full price.

As well as local specialist bed stores, check out Carrefour and Hipercor for regular 50% off promos on top brands.

Only purchase mattresses online if you’re 100% sure of the brand and model. Online you may find great offers, but  as you spend around a third of your day asleep it could be a saving that you regret.

Bear in mind that most Ikea mattresses come with a 25-year guarantee and a one-year money-back promise if you’re not happy (refund given as a gift card, you’ll need to supply the original receipt).

Book early

Travelling by train? Book before the day of travel to get a discount as surcharges are applied to medium and long distance tickets bought at the train station.

Even just buying a return ticket, rather than two singles, gets you a 20% discount. You’ll find more great tips on how to save on train travel in Spain in our article Travel by Train in Spain.

When planning to visit a theme park, museum or tourist attraction, check out our exclusive discount with Tixalia. For locations that Tixalia doesn’t include yet, consider buying tickets online rather than on the day you visit.

For flights set up price alerts on Momondo or Skyscanner for your chosen routes if you’re not ready to book yet. Even better, take a look at Google Flights with their great tips for swapping days or routes to save money.

The weekly shop

Discount coupons are the shopper’s best friends. Major brands such as Proctor and Gamble, Nestle, Danone all offer discount coupons in Spain, just register online and print.

If you use Carrefour regularly, take a look at the different discount cards available.

Fragrances

With prices at well over 50€ for top brand fragrances, have you ever though of trying a smell-alike?

Although not officially sold as copies, Equivalenza stores around Spain sell fragrances for under 20€, many of which are hard to tell from the originals. Supermarkets also have their own in-house brands of fragrances.

Another idea is to wait until after the big perfume selling days of the year: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s / Father’s Day and Christmas when stores will be selling off overstocked box sets.

Compare online before you shop

Maybe you hate the thought of buying online, but that’s not to stop you from comparing prices. Before you go shopping take ten minutes at home to check out prices on Amazon, El Corte Ingles, Worten, Media Markt, Fnac and Carrefour.

When you’re in a bricks-and-mortar store, carry out a quick check on your smartphone to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Tip: For large, heavy or voluminous items don’t forget to factor in delivery costs.

Sign-up for newsletters

Yes they clog up your inbox, but signing up for newsletters is a great way for newbies to get money off vouchers.

Already signed up and used your discount? Get your partner / neighbour / friend to sign-up with a different email address.

Ask for a discount

This tip isn’t for introverts, but if your Spanish is OK you could always try asking for a discount.

Button missing on a shirt? Small dent or scratch on a new washing machine? Damaged packaging on electronics?

These are all valid reasons to try and haggle a discount. No discount offered? Walk away and buy elsewhere. Why should you pay full price for damaged goods?

Books

Yes, there’s nothing like the smell of a new book. Well, how about the smell of crisp new unused euros notes in your wallet?

Visit one of the many second hand bookstores across Spain where many people offload their books before moving back to their home country.

Or make the move to e-books. An e-book generally costs around 70% less than a paperback. Plus you’ll save on furniture by not needing any more bookcases.

There are plenty of places where you can find free books online to download legally – take a look at our dedicated post at the link.