Don’t let sneaky marketing ploys trick you into spending more money than you planned. Learn exactly what is required to get the price break. Read carefully and shop smart.

The majority of the time, sales that list items 10 for $10, 2 for $5, 3 for $9 and so on, do not require that you buy the total number listed to get the discounted price. This is just a clever marketing tool used to increase sales. Customers mistakenly believe they have to buy the number listed in order to cash in on the low price. When in reality, buying just one will get you the discount.

Double check: Sometimes ads do require you to buy a specific number of items to get the discounted price. But rest assured, it will be very clearly stated in the ad. It will say something like, “Must Buy 5” or “Buy 10, Save $5 Instantly.”