I hate to go shopping when I need something. I don’t enjoy having to race against a deadline to find the right thing at the right price. I prefer to buy stuff when I spot a good deal, and then I have it when I need it.
My son was wandering through the mall a few weeks ago, not looking for anything in particular. He noticed that Macy’s had a one-day special: a rack of men’s pants for ten dollars each. Being his mother’s son, he happily snatched up four pairs.
My friend Jay regularly checks the clearance sections at Target. The merchandise in these areas goes from 30% to 50% to 75% off, based on how long it’s been sitting there.
He knew I needed a small space heater and bought me a box of two for $14.95. He found a large patio table for himself for seventy bucks. It had originally retailed for almost $300. He’s also gotten fountains and other garden accessories at rock-bottom prices.
Jay also trawls for specials in the grocery aisles. Last week he scored 8 boxes of cereal for a buck. That’s a lotta corn flakes!
Through a combo of Radio Shack and Amazon, Jay got four Tivo units (He kept some and sold some) and two one-year subscriptions. After discounts and rebates, he actually earned $100.00. He finds a lot of these electronics deals on Fatwallet.com.
Jay also buys lots of Christmas stuff after the holidays, when they are greatly reduced. Those greeting cards will be just as effective next year. Santa won’t go out of style anytime soon.
Off-season shopping is also a good idea for fashion. February and August are the big clearance months in clothing stores. Emporiums like Loehmann’s add further reductions to their already discounted goods, so the savings can be major: like $20 for a $200 top. Of course, if you insist on being up-to-the-minute in the latest styles, you will have to pay full price at the beginning of the season. Different strokes…
The website Money Saving Mom lists current supermarket and drugstore coupons. I buy very little processed food, so a lot of this packaged, chemicalized stuff is of no interest to me, but I can always use a free toothpaste!