HERE are some basic smart shopping tips to help you to save money and as a guide to strengthening your buying power.
l Plan your spending. Avoid impulse buys.
l Advertised items are not necessarily the cheapest.
l Watch for unadvertised specials.
l Avoid crowds after work, on paydays or just before holidays.
l Buy items before you run out of them. Buy at clearance or sale prices.
l Know the sales cycle in your area.
l Just because an item is on sale doesn't mean it is a good deal. If you won't use it, don't buy it.
l Due to volume discounts, larger stores are generally cheaper than smaller ones.
l Emotions affect shopping. Be careful of the "I deserve it" mentality.
l Buy at the end of the season.
l Buy when prices are low.
l Try thrift stores, yard and garage sales.
l Remember that no particular store has the lowest price on all items.
l Create a "shopping pool" with family and friends and shop sales for each other.
l Shop alone. Other individuals will fill your shopping trolley.
l Check the entire store for specials and alternatives.
l Get to know your favourite store's employees. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
l Know prices by keeping a price book.
l About Prices: Compare, compare, compare. This is how a price book is a great help.
l Larger is not always cheaper and smaller is not always cheaper.
l Look at unit prices.
l You pay more for fancy packaging.
l Never pay full price.
l Shop defensively.
l Try generic brands.
l Watch as the cashier rings up purchases. Check receipts.
l Shop for gifts year round.
l Return purchases that do not meet your expectations.
l Complain if it is genuinely warranted.
l Call before you go to confirm that an item is available. - simplejoe.com