With the holidays coming up, retailers are advertising at heightened paces through every avenue imaginable: Newspaper, mailings, the Internet, email, etc… All claim to offer a great deal, whether it is at the grocery store, the mall, or chain stores.
Is it a great deal? It’s easy to be enticed by these ads, but I urge you to take a second look at the deal before you buy.
A Deal’s A Deal… or Not?
Having spent countless hours grocery shopping, coupon clipping, and price matching, I’ve noticed a few of the tricks companies use to try and make you take a “deal.” For instance, one sale I noticed recently was offered for Dyer’s ice cream: Buy two, get one FREE. Before stocking up, I decided to check again.
What, exactly, did I have to buy to get my free carton? Turns out, in order to get the promised “Free” carton, I would have to buy two of the more expensive, $6.49 cartons. Yikes! No deal. Without any advertised sale, I knew the Dryers’ in question costs from $3.49-3.99; on sale they can be as cheap as $2.49!
Knowledge is Power
Before you get pulled in, think, “How much would I normally pay for this item?” If you want a good reference guide, Freebies2Deals and CuckooforCoupons have guide sheets for “stock-up prices” (something’s “cheapest” price) on lots of items.
It’s a great idea to inform yourself and start building your own guide sheet for items you buy regularly; that way you know if it’s on sale or not.
But most importantly, if you don’t need an item, you don’t need it REGARDLESS of whether or not it’s on sale! Buying it will still cost you money you wouldn’t have spent!
What are some ways you make sure you’re always getting a good – REAL – deal? Share in our comments section below.
Julie Thompson is a Christian, a wife and mother of three children. Her favorite way to save is by using coupons. She loves to budget, save money, craft, paint, and sew… then blog about it so others can learn as she learns. Her favorite quote is, “The greatest tragedy in life is when you give up what you want most for what you want now.” When she has time, she runs an Etsy shop and a personal blog to help others learn how to save.