I recently got what I believe might be the “deal of the year” and was glad that I had a little extra cash to spend! As I stopped by my local Kerr drugstore to pick up a birthday card, I discovered that it had been sold to Walgreens. What luck! I saw a sign inside that read, “All American Greetings cards $0.10.” I did a double take and asked the store clerk about the sale. She confirmed it was indeed true, so I happily commenced shopping. I bought 90 cards at ten cents each! So, if each card was an average of $2.99 each at regular price, the total saved was $260—a 96% savings! Was I planning on buying 90 cards? Nope! Did I have an extra $9 in my budget to make this purchase? Yep! So, being prepared saved me 96%. Here are 5 tips I use to make sure I always catch the “deal of the year!”
Have some cushion in your budget
Having $10 extra in your monthly budget can help you score great deals! I bought enough cards to cover just about every occasion that I’ll need a card for for the next 3 years. I even bought a birthday card for a 100-year-old person! I know that I’ll need that card sometime in my lifetime!
Verify the sale
When you see an almost unbelievable deal, verify it! Another way that I check deals is by using the scanners located in certain stores like CVS
. Make sure that you understand the deal correctly, that it’s worth your time and effort, and that you’ll benefit from the purchase. I bought birthday cards, baby shower cards, anniversary cards, retirement cards and get-well cards that I can use for the next few years. Buying all of those cards at one time for a great price will save me time and money in the future. Another way to verify a deal is when you get to checkout. I used to be really shy about telling the clerk that I didn’t want an item, but not anymore! I ask the clerk to scan the item before she rings it up. Then, if the price isn’t right and it hasn’t been rung up yet, I just say no!
Make sure you have space
My purchase of 90 cards won’t take up much storage room—maybe just one small storage container. I purchased a large quantity that needs little additional storage. This adds up to additional savings in my book. Keep storage capacity in mind before you purchase a large quantity.
Will you use the item?
The reason I feel I got the “deal of the year” by purchasing discounted cards was because I have a large extended family and give a lot of cards during the year. Keeping that in mind, I knew this was a great purchase that I’ll take advantage of every month. If I could only use this item once every six months, it wouldn’t be beneficial to me to make this large-quantity purchase.
How good is the deal?
Suppose you don’t have the money in your budget. Is the deal good enough for you to flex your budget? Saving 96% on a purchase that I’ll definitely use is a no-brainer.
This is a guest post by Tammy from North Carolina.