This is not a sponsored post by the stores at shop at frequently. This is merely my ramblings on why I rarely pay full price for anything.
It’s no secret that families are being more cautious with their funds. As a new mom, our household went from three to four and that added expense is nothing anyone can prepare you for.
Now, my goal is not to have each reader pull out the coupons and spend hours strategically pricing products to get the best deal. I don’t have a lot of free time and when I do, it’s not for coupon clipping.
So, you heard of coupons, rewards cards, clearance shopping and more. I am a big advocate for saving money at the store or even online. Finding a great deal is important and taking a few minutes to hit the red tags may result in landing a bargain.
They says red tags can mean the following:
- older or out of season
- cheaper quality
- broken or defective
- not healthy (in regards to grocery stores)
- expired or close to expiration date (also in regards to grocery stores)
Some of the best items I treasure and value the most were purchased from the clearance or sale bins.
Why I enjoy shopping red tags & clearance:
- buy more
- save money
For those of you with kids, they seem to grow every 5 minutes. Investing thousands of dollars in a new wardrobe each year for clothing that will only last a few months is not ideal. Before I leave the store, I make it an effort to check out the sales rack. Now, I am not the crazy person that makes it a point to walk right in with my 5 carts and stock up on everything in all colors imagined. Rarely do I clean up the shelves. I always leave items there for others to purchase. If I land a great deal, someone else could do the same.
So let’s look at quality. No matter where you shop, good and bad quality can be found at both high and low retail establishments. I really hate paying full price, especially for clothing because it’ll be on sale eventually. I don’t have to worry about following fashion trends as they come and go. Classic clothing that I can mix and match with other pieces and wear for years to come are my preferences. I do love pops of color and will limit trendy pieces to just a few purchases a year.
When it comes to grocery shopping, I always have my eye on red tags. Produce marked down such as bananas and apples are great for making smoothies, breads, cakes, and pancakes. Vegetables such as zucchini and sweet potatoes on the clearance are ones I tend to purchase for baking and cooking. If they look really bad, of course I’ll pass.
Boxed and canned items rarely purchased in my household. Dented cans are huge discounts. When I buy a dented can, I check for any openings, holes or discoloration. Most stores will only post items that are good to go. I think of Adam Sandler in the movie Big Daddy when it comes to dented cans.
How to get the best bang for your buck.
- Use store, manufacture, online coupons and coupon codes (yes, they work!!!)
- Example, I rented a car for an out of town trip and by using a coupon code, saved over $100 off the published rate for a seven seat SUV.
- Reward cards
- Kroger & Tom Thumb are my favorite grocery stores. Over the past year or so, the quality of products in Kroger, especially in the organic section has increased. I love using my shoppers card to get additional discounts. I also load coupons as well.
- Check the clearance isles or bins as coupons also apply to those as well.
From our house, to car, to even our cell phone bill (we get a discount each month), there are just a few things I pay full retail for.
Blog followers, I am not cheap or stingy with the funds. I merely enjoy saving when I can to stretch the dollar out more.
Those are just a few. What are some of the things you do to save money shopping, whether it be online or at a retail or grocery store?