12. Make Friends With the Cashier
The great rule of thumb for almost anywhere you go is to become friends with the cashier. Remember that when you work in the retail or service industry, you run into a lot of mean customers. So people really appreciate when a friendly customer comes through the door. They will be glad to see you knowing that their job is just a little bit easier for a few minutes. After a while, you might even consider them to be your friend. You may never get drinks with this person or hang out outside of the building, but there’s still someone that you can have a friendly conversation with for five to ten minutes.
When you become friends with an employee, they are more likely to give you their own personal tips on how you can save money. They might even put things aside for you so that you can buy it when you want. This would happen to me a lot when I work full-time as a reseller. If my friends working at the stores knew that I was going to come in at least once a week, they would hold things behind the counter for me so that I could personally be the one to buy it.