I Do Like Saving Money On Items I Need. How About You?

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
March 22, 2010 5:15pm CST
The weather was miserable but it did not dampen my enthusiasm for shopping! Hubby is off work this week so it enabled me to get out and about more in his car. One of my tasks (by the way, got a new HP printer as a present so now I have this and John has the Lexmark, suits me fine) was to go into Boots for some Sure anti-perspirant deodorant, not expecting to see it on offer. It never is! However, Dove seems to be the market leader now and is about £1 more than Sure so perhaps they are trying so sell more of the Sure brand...but anyway. Sure anti-perspirant deodorant is usually £2.49 a time. Depressingly, I looked in my purse and just had enough to buy some. However, my mood improved considerably when I saw the little sign "Buy One, Get One Free!" My, how satisfying it was to "get a result" for once, especially on something I was running out of. Has that happened to you? Were you ever down to your last pennies and found a bargain like that to lift your spirits? I hope you have my friends. Do share.
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@celticeagle (115084)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Mar 10
If you figure the more stuff you get cheap the 'stuff' you can get. I am on a budget and I usually buy things I need at the beginning of the month. I am very careful and can usually find some pretty good buys. I get a weekly flyer in the mail from a couple of my favorite stores so I jump on it when it comes.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
Good for you my friends!
@celticeagle (115084)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Mar 10
Yes, have to be in front of the game!
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
23 Mar 10
This is a nice story, I do recognize it. The last couple of months I haven't had a steady job and therefore sometimes it was hard to get by. I had just 1.60 euro in my purse when I ran into an offer on bread, buy one, get one free. Same thing for chicken and potatoes. These are some basic things for your groceries and the chicken and bread can both be frozen to keep them fresh longer. Whenever possible I buy these in bulk when they are on sale. This month is the last month I have to cope with less money as I am starting a steady job now (luckily), and I was pondering about cat food. I used to have quite an expensive brand for my cats, but this month that was going to be hard to buy. Found out that it is 30% off so no change for the kitties :-) I believe they shouldn't be the victim of me having less work, and because of the discount I won't have to buy less groceries
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Apr 10
I'm so sorry in the delay in replying to your lovely comments my friend. You sound just like me in the kitties department. We, too, have awesome munchies for our furry friend and will not compromise on these as they keep her healthy. She also has tuna but that is on offer at the moment so I'm very pleased about that!
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@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
15 Apr 10
That's ok, I've been quite busy myself as well . My cats love tuna, especially fresh tuna and other fresh meat and fish. I once was told that regular fish filet (the kind they put in fishsticks) is very healthy for a cat and a good addition to their diet. I am not sure about fresh tuna, but they only get that every once in a while as a treat and not as a complete meal.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
19 Apr 10
I've been told that tuna in spring water is the best for cats (in tins) so that's what we buy. Once she has eaten her portion we give her some munchies so she has some variety. Spoilt rotten she is!
@BarBaraPrz (17529)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
23 Mar 10
I generally only buy things when they're on sale, too. I go into the stores and look at the prices and get discouraged.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
I know what you mean. Sometimes it can be quite depressing going out shopping but I don't do it that often, which is why I'm looking forward to going back into the electrical store I bought the printer from yesterday. Found out today on their site (where I reserved and collected it from) that it's over £13 cheaper..therefore I can claim this back from them...so long as it's during this week. Customer Services on the telephone have backed me up to so they haven't got a leg to stand on lol.
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@BarBaraPrz (17529)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
23 Mar 10
Great!
• Boston, Massachusetts
23 Mar 10
Hi Jane, of course i love saving mone yfor the items i need. i am aware when is the schedules of promo and sale for my favorite items that i will prepare and save for it to get some. this usually happen to condioners, clothes and shoes. it's a sacrifice but pays a lot when you get what you really want and need!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
Hiya Winky! Hope the weather isn't too hot for you at the moment (I have heard it has been really bad lately in the Philippines, so I hope you and your family are OK) and I'm glad you can get hold of bargains. It's great when that happens!
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• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Mar 10
it's really hot here and there are some areas in our country suffering for the effects of the "el-nino". we are fine but we are really experiencing super hot summer here. all of us in the family suffered from cough and colds due to this hot weather.
• Philippines
23 Mar 10
That is a nice experience indeed! There was one time a week before last when I got to this store for Toy Collectors (uhm, yeah, this response is more like an item that I want than what I need ). To my surprise, I saw an item I was looking for so long that I think is no longer sold in our country. It costs 370 Philippine pesos (around £5.53) and I only had 200 with me. I was shopping with my mom and bro and I thought I'd borrow money from them and pay when we get home. My mom even asked the saleslady if there was a last price. She said it was already fixed price. I thought about that item for an hour because I was thinking about my extra budget at home. Since it's a rare find, I don't want to feel sorry if it would be bought by someone else and I didn't seize the opportunity when I had it so we went back to the store and bought it. The saleslady handed the item over to her co-worker who is somewhat her senior. Her senior told her it costs 300 (£4.37) because it was in the discounted items box. What a relief! I felt less guilty of buying that item even if I had to borrow money for a while. I now know I can easily pay for what I borrowed when we get home.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
Awww that's brilliant that the item in question is now even cheaper. I have done that with items I've taken to the checkout only to find some more money has been taken off. I even found out today that the printer I bought the other day is now even cheaper online (the site I ordered it from) so I rang them up and I can take the evidence into the store that I picked the printer up from during the week and they will refund the difference. It's over £13 so I'm really pleased!
• Philippines
23 Mar 10
Wow, that is amazing! £13 sure is big savings. What an easy to deal with store.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
22 Mar 10
I do have this kind of experienced when come to shopping for something that suddenly we are in need especially before the end of the month. Since our financial situation is quite tight, we only buy our daily need things. As for other things which is 2nd useful to us, we will want to consider until it is having some offer before decide to buy. Even some of our household things, which is expensive in price, we always try save enough money before we decide to buy one. As for bath shampoo, we always wait until the shopping mall have that same kind of offer "Buy one, get one free", then we will buy. It's a good way to practice saving our money.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
You have a very sensible way of shopping my friend. My strategy is (usually) not to go out as it can be depressing looking at things I cannot afford. However, I really, REALLY needed some deodorant so the fact it was on offer cheered me up as, basically, I got two for the price of one. When I worked I'd just pick whatever I wanted up off the shelves and never really thought about it but I can't do that now. It makes me a more "savvy" shopper though and stops me from being extravagant. Yes, I know I now have a shiny, new printer, but that was a present, so it's justified. Mum was quite pleased when I told her I bought a printer with the money. She said I can't buy clothes because my thyroid needs sorting out (I have a weight problem) so I was actually being sensible buying the printer...and I did do some research beforehand and bought it for the cheapest price. I'm getting good at this aren't I?
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
5 Apr 10
Yes, it's a good practice to research beforehand for the cheapest price, before you decide to buy any item. Because that's another way of saving our money.
• Canada
23 Mar 10
I love a bargain, Oh My how I love a good bargain. makes my day when it happens lol. I usually start by thinking about what I want to buy. I try to think of a price and tell myself that I wont go a penny over the price I have in my head. I get that price by googling it and finding out whats the current price and of course, I want to pay less. I go through the flyers looking for bargains. Buy one get one free is a great one UNLESS they jacked up the price and it comes out more than waiting for it to be on sale. They do that sometimes here...naughty! naughty!! But since I know what everything costs, they cant fool me. I needed a new monitor for my pc. I work 6 hrs/day on my pc and the one I had was getting too small and it was giving me huge headaches. Hubby said that it was best to go VERY BIG and be done once and for all. He was right. So I wanted to get a 42" and why not make it a tv then. So everything was over $1,000. some nearly $2,000. I kept thinking that I didnt want to pay that much and the week after, as im going through the flyers, there it is, a 42" at $500. Sent hubby right away to get it. Me a happy camper now and proud to have gotten it as such a low price.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Apr 10
Your telly is a brilliant example of what I'm on about...but on a grander scale. The televisions here are coming down big style because of the 3D versions that will hit the stores..probably in time for the World Cup. By the time I find a job they'll be literally giving them away I should imagine. Mum hasn't had her 32" Sony that long but there's already been £100 taken off it...and she bought hers at a reduced price!
23 Mar 10
These days I have to be extra careful with the shopping costs so it's always a bonus when I find bargains like that. I actively seek out the two for one offers, the buy one get one free and the reduced stock, and have picked up some great bargains lately. I must admit it does make me feel a whole lot happier when I come home with a bag of bargains
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
19 Apr 10
Yes, I do know what you mean. Sure deodorant is probably one of the most expensive so to get one of them for nowt is an added bonus, especially the bigger size.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
23 Mar 10
last week, we were able to go up north (ontario, canada) for a few days of vacation and i found this awesome store (i started a discussion on it yesterday) and they have the best deals! i got a pair of shoes for $3-! i found a jacket for $2- (alas, it was a little tight, so i opted not to buy it). i love getting bargains!!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
Wow, that's brilliant news! I'd love to see your face, big smiles all round I shouldn't wonder!
@shiloh_222 (5480)
• Philippines
23 Mar 10
saalllllllllll3eeeee - sale of 50% to 80% discount...a dream
yes, yes and yes. as much as possible, i dont buy high end items or branded clothing. i find them unnecessary and expensive
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
Good for you my friend!
@udayrao2 (782)
• India
23 Mar 10
yes I have had similar experience; and after retirement have cut down on unnecessary expenses.But when I do come across bargain sale of daily needs which we use I may buy a little more than usual and stock up and then the feeling is exhilarating
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
Yes,I can imagine it can feel like that if you get major bargains! In a couple of days I shall give printout evidence of a printer that is now cheaper in the store I bought it from. They have a policy that if I find it cheaper elsewhere (in this case it was the same shop lol) then they will refund the difference. The guy at Customer Services told me to mention his name when I go into the shop...so I'm looking forward to seeing their faces when they realise they have to hand over £13+ lol!
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
23 Mar 10
I do like it when I do not have to unclench my fist as much when I have to purchase something. I am always on the lookout for sales no matter what it is. Even if it is a few dollars, there is a few dollars I would have spent had I not found that deal. Those few dollars can add up over time. Over the weeks and years, the amount of money that I have saved has accumulated. After all, it is not what you make, it is what you save. I think the biggest thing I look for is DVD sales. You can find some good deals with the proper timing. Get several DVDs at a reduced rate. In many cases, I go through the discount bin for DVDs. If you are patient enough to fish through several DVDs, you can find some real deals. I know I have, finding some really good movies for at a fraction of the normal price.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
Yes, we got a cheap DVD the other day. Most satisfying because we can pay silly money for them if we are not careful.
@vandana7 (57466)
• India
23 Mar 10
Hey Janie great going! :) As far as I know, I am a woman, and dont we love good bargains and shopping. Reminded me of Shania Twain's "Ka-ching!". :) Even as I read this, a thought has occurred to me, why dont we open a website (not again) Contents - discounts available - areawise, from dates to dates. Additional features, products classified as perishables, semi perishables, non- perishables (yuck). Products by date of expiry, products by manufacturers, products by prices, products by the remaining number of days in discount. I can think of so many things that can be added. :) We women would do well if we checked it each morning like a prayer. :) That way, we could go directly to the store that was offering us what we wanted and not miss out on anything. :) There, I didnt feel too shy to express my idea. :)
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
What a brilliant idea! When do we start?! The nearest thing I have (online anyway) is a Firefox add-on called Invisible Hand. If I go onto an electrical site and look at an item this add-on will tell me if it's cheaper elsewhere! Mind you, I found out the printer I had bought yesterday was cheaper still today so I'm legible for a refund of the difference. Just over £13...which will come in handy.
• Philippines
23 Mar 10
Yes it did happen to me! I was in college at that time and needed to buy groceries but I was short on cash my parents did not send my allowance yet. So I went to the grocery store and tried to look around for food that could last me for a week and would be within my budget. As I walked through the store I saw this aisle full of buy one take one stuff! I saw my fave korean noodles on the rack and the whole pack was also on sale and I get another pack free! I went back to my dorm carrying loads of groceries enough to last me for 2 weeks!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
That is a brilliant example of what I was discussing, my friend. Well done you! So glad you managed to get it all back to your dorm!
• United States
23 Mar 10
Your experience sounds really pleasant. Bargains have definitely cheered me up on some bad days too. When I was high school, near the end of the school year, I had to shop for a dress for my prom. I was really stressed because it was final exams and I was worry about my classes and also there was the cost of attending prom. Then I went shopping with my friend and I found this beautiful cream colored dress that was on sale and cost only thirty dollars. I was so happy that I stopped being stressed about my finals.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
Aww thanks for sharing that lovely experience with us. Dresses can be sooo expensive can't they? I'm so glad you managed to buy a beautiful one for thirty dollars, good for you!
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
23 Mar 10
Unfortunately, I can't think of a time where I was down to my last pennies and found a cool bargain. With my luck, they'd be raising the price just as I reached for the item. For some reason, I can't find Buy One, Get One Free deals. Maybe I'm looking at my shopping list so close, I just plain miss the bargains. (I shop at the dollar stores for a lot of things now days.)
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
Yes, I buy things like polish and batteries (Duracell ones are the best and to get two for a pound is brilliant) for my mouse in Poundland. In fact, you've reminded me to go there sometime this week..I'll see if hubby has a few pounds to spare as we will need to get the moggie some tuna from M & S (that's on offer too) hehe lol.
22 Mar 10
Hi Janey, I don't do shopping but my husband do, I just give him the list and he go out and do it, but he has a keen eye for bargains and he is always coming hoem with one thing or other, he has just bought two Easter eggs, buy one and get thenother free, he eat both of them, the little greedy so and so, but he has bought me another two, lol! Tamara
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
Haha! Typical man lol eating them himself! At least he made amends, that was very sweet of him. It's also sweet of him to shop for you too. My hubby will go to the corner shop or a store over the road on his own but for a big, food shop he will drag me along. We got bargains there too during our last shop so we were pleased as sometimes the offers aren't on things we buy, which can be a bit frustrating!
@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Mar 10
One day I went in with a $5 off coupon for glucosamine supplements and found that it had been put on sale, buy one get one free. So I ended up getting something like $40 worth for $15. Yep, I love getting a bargain on things that I'm going to buy anyway. Definitely!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Mar 10
Isn't t great when something like that happens Dawn? I can imagine you having a big smile on your face purchasing them. Good for you! I did the same with Oil of Evening Primrose capsules. Usually a huge bottle of these from Holland & Barrett is about £20 but I bought it for £10 as it was on offer. It was ages ago though as I can't afford the £10 version these days!
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• China
23 Mar 10
i share the same opinion with you. i love to go to supermarket when i got time. there are several supermarkets near my home,and they will put some kinds of goods on sale on a certain time especially on the holidays. whenever i go there, i like to walk around in the market to find whether the goods are on sale which i will need all the time, such as toothpaste, shampoo,bath cream, then i will buy some for storage,haha, it really saves a lot.