Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

Back To School Shopping After All The Traditional Sales

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by

So today there was an announcement that the BC teacher’s strike will potentially be over with class possibility starting next week for students. With this news a lot of parents admitted to now starting to shop for school supplies for their children. For the most part all the regular back to school savings are over at this point and if you are trying to find deals you will have to hope that companies have a good weekly sale for the items you need.

While it would have been wiser to shop beforehand hand, I would say if you are looking for deals one of the best ways to do it is to look for company sales like an anniversary event. In those cases, usually stores have a load of items on sale and things such has stationary are usually on that list. I know Walmart is having an anniversary sale this week for example which will probably offer some discounted school related items.

I still think online would probably be the best value way to shop, but if this is really last minute then a tradition retail store will probably be the most efficient.

People Getting Shocked Over Simple Savings

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by

The other day I went to buy some juice as a person was telling me that they had difficulty finding it. As well, they didn’t drive and so dragging it back home is a pain. So I decided to buy a bunch which worked out to a little less than $1.70 per carton. When I brought it to the person I was asked how much it cost and she was shocked as she usually paid about $2.20 for each cartoon. This was shocked like as if someone won $1000 shocked.

I found it cute and at the same time it kind of showed me how so many people shop simply based on convenience. As a result, your simple knowledge of finding good deals is probably more valuable than you think. I think everyone appreciates it when someone tells them about a good deal to save them money right? It’s just sometimes we set ourselves up to such a higher bar of what a crazy deal would be that we forget that even the small deals can be big for others. I guess in general, learn to share your deals and money saving tips to others as it can brighten people’s day. :)

Understanding The Difference Between A Brand And Type of Item

Sunday, August 24th, 2014 by

I went out shopping for a tablet today where it was for a birthday present for my mom. This wasn’t a surprise present as she requested for one since she felt it was time to start using some more modern day technology and that even some of her friends use it to message family members and all. However, in asking for a tablet in her mind an iPad is the only thing available. In many ways, it’s almost like how I mention many times that before people thought AOL is the Internet. Guess you can say Apple does a great job marketing.

It was kind of interesting as while browsing for various options she couldn’t grasp the concept of how say a “tablet” is essentially an “iPad.” And yes, I am aware of things such as the difference in OS or app store before any fanatic wants to jump into the technicalities. I then used a different example such as asking her if she normally asks for a “Kleenex” or a “tissue paper” if she needed a tissue. That then instantly resonated with her and she finally understood that in many ways it’s a brand marketing gimmick.

Afterwards she was able to focus more on the actual product and which one would provide the best value. Using relatable examples sure works wonders as once again we all need to understand what we are really buying to get the best value.

Forgetting About Statutory Holiday Hours

Monday, August 4th, 2014 by

This was a boo-boo today as I needed a piece of wire for an equipment and so I went with another person to buy it from a store. Unfortunately, it along with a lot of other places closed early today due to it being a statutory holiday here. That then resulted in the mentality of just go anywhere and pay whatever price to find one.

I must admit, it is a little irritating when you find yourself in a situation like this as this one purchase can easily eat into your saving efforts from many other purchases combined. Fortunately in this case it wasn’t too big of a deal though as it wasn’t like I had to buy a $1000 TV. I guess that just means even on holidays you need to be savvy with your shopping and plan ahead of time.

High Price Quality Bias

Friday, August 1st, 2014 by

While looking for a camera lens cleaner today I didn’t do my research ahead of time on what would be best in terms of value and quality wise. Therefore, I mostly relied on the price and what I saw in the packaging. I couldn’t help but to think in these situations that the higher priced item must be better than the cheaper ones somehow. So funny enough, because of that I was leaning towards buying the more expensive item.

These are the times where it`s nice to have mobile Internet access though because I was immediately able to do some quick comparisons on the spot. This made it clear as daylight in terms of which products appeared to have an insane markup. If you don`t have Internet access, usually I would hope to be able to visit another store to see if there are large discrepancies with the prices. Comparing only the prices of what one store charges for its products isn’t usually too wise in terms of getting a good deal. Many times store would purposely mix in different product prices to make you think one is better than the other when really it`s all about profit margins.