Who doesn’t love a good deal? Like most of us, you probably enjoy that overwhelming excitement you get when you come home from the mall feeling like a million bucks, even though you spent nowhere near that amount of money.
However, you can only keep up this luck if you know exactly where and how to find the best priced items. Interested? Read on!!
Unless you are buying a handcrafted item from a mom ‘n pop shop, you can likely find the item at more than one store. When you see something that you like, check online or at other stores to find out what is it going for there before committing to it. This is especially true if it’s pricey. You can bring up so many stores online in just a matter of minutes, so this doesn’t even take that much time to do.
Coupons, Coupons, Coupons!
OK, so you saw an item that you like and practically every store has it for the same unaffordable price. Unless it’s an absolute necessity at this time, don’t give in yet! When the weekly circulars come, browse through them to see if your item or a similar item is in there. Many major stores often send out coupons from time to time, so wait for one of them to come. You can also find plenty of coupons on websites such as Retail Me Not and Coupon Cabin. Simply type the coupon code into the allocated box on the order page, and you’ll instantly see some of the total price melt away.
No Brand Loyalty
Sure, there are some items that you may love from a particular brand, and it’s completely fine to keep buying them if you’re getting a good deal & you’re satisfied with the product. However, when you become obsessed with one brand and refuse to even consider others, you are closing the door to a world of bargains. No matter what you’re looking for, know that here are plenty of lower priced brands that taste, feel or look just as good as the more expensive ones you’re used to. Of course, when purchasing pieces such as furniture, cars and boats that need to last for awhile, it’s best to conduct extensive research on more worthwhile goods, to see what’s worth it and what will last. After all, if you have to replace a couch every couple of years because it keeps breaking, you will wind up spending more money in the long run. But still, no need to ever spend more than you need – so weigh your options and be smart!
Don’t feel as though you always need to shop in the big chain supermarkets (Superstore/Metro/Whole Foods) or the large retail shops (Target/Wal-Mart) at the major mall in your neighborhood. Whenever there is a flea market, street festival or garage sale in your area, head over to see if they have any items that you need. When the weather is warm, keep your eyes open for potential garage sales in the area. Some people are a little bit disturbed about buying second hand items, but keep an open mind. This should really only be a concern with a few items. For instance, this is especially true with linen. Just be sure to wash them when you get them home! That’s all you need to know.
While you probably won’t be able to live the most luxurious life in the world on a budget, it is possible to live a normal life that’s both fun, stylish & fulfilling by only buying items that you know are at the best price you can find. You don’t have to sacrifice certain items, and if you do your research, you can have quality items too!
Jackie Silva writes about personal finance, shopping and more. Her recent work is featured in the Accountant Resource Guide.