How to Make Power Buys
Are you confused by the in-and-outs of marketing? Does it seem like you are paying way too much for your day to day product usage? After all, there are things that we need to have every single day. A good example is toothpaste. How much do you pay for toothpaste in a year? What if I told you that you can have a year's supply of toothpaste for less than $13? Do you know how to get the best shampoo on the shelf for half price? By using very simple, everyday tips, you can take great advantage of the marketing bargains for thousands of products.
Join loyalty programs. If you are a patron at a specific place, you can get deep discounts. Just this morning at CVS I was able to buy my favorite hair conditioner, and they PAID me $10 back just to take it off their hands !!! This happened when I paid $25 for the conditioner, and received $10 back in their "extrabucks" rewards program. I used that free $10 to pick up 4 cans of soup, a bottle of nail polish, 3 bottles of dish soap, and chocolate....and I got it all for free.
Watch the sale papers. It's ridiculous to pay full price for anything these days. Sales are good, and it only takes a small amount of patience to wait for things to be marked down. Marketing departments do this when their inventory on a given product is too high, and they need to sell down stock. Sale papers are always available in Sunday papers, and most stores have their own papers at the entryway so that you know up front what bargains are available for that day or that week. Be sure to watch the expiration dates on the sales so you have no surprises at the register.
USE those coupons !!!! Coupons are everywhere, literally. You can pick them up all the time, whether from receipts, or newspapers, online, or even sitting by the register. I buy a Sunday paper every week, and average a savings of $20 per week on items that I use anyway.
Watch where you shop. Why in the world would you pay $3.00 for a single bottle of aspirin if you can get the very same size and brand for $1.00 elsewhere?
Stockpile. A multitude of products are often buy one, get one free. If you make these purchases in quantity, you save yourself half the cost for the duration of its' use, while doubling the time you have to use it. For instance, if laundry soap is on sale, buy one, get one free, and you only capitalize on a single transaction, you just have 2 boxes of laundry soap, which might last a month. If you go ahead and buy 12 boxes (for about $60, usually), and get one free for each, (for a total of 24) then you don't have to buy laundry soap again for a year, AND you have 6 months' worth for free !!!!!
For the ultimate saving experience, put steps 1-5 together. You can use coupons in buy one, get one free sales, at the right store, and cut many day to day expenses in less than half.
This really does work. It is 100% legal. It is FREE to do. It just requires paying a little attention to your money, and making a game out of shopping. Clothing, electronics, food, toys, wine, office supplies....the list is endless. You do not have to pay full price, so why do it ?!?!?!