We all love to save money, right? There is a difference between just going out and looking for something to buy, and going out with a purpose to buy something you need. The best advice I can give you – MAKE A LIST before you head out the door. I enjoy visiting stores, seeing the new trends and exploring the shelves of stores as they change the decor or bring in the new seasons clothes, gadgets and suppliesâ€¦but when it comes to shopping, I head out with a purpose. That purpose is to acquire something that I, my clients or my family needs. I want to make my purchase in a manner that creates the greatest savings and the best value. Notice I did not say the lowest price, but rather the best value. Sometimes cheaper means just that, it means it is cheap, or without quality. I look for quality products with quality brands that can provide real lasting benefit to me or my family. When one takes time to look around for the best OPPORTUNITIES, one can find a tremendous savings – the key is to know where to look.
For instance, did you know that many of today’s discount stores are providing some products that are close to expiration or are over stocked items from the larger department stores and chains? These products can mean a big savings to you, so if you know that you have an immediate need which will result in immediate use, then you can save up to 50% off the regular price for items that will be expiring soon or products that were in abundance and greater than the demand at the time of production. A twenty minute drive and 1 gallon of gas can mean ten, twenty or even thirty dollars in savings for each trip!
Here in Nashville we have our local Dollar General stores. You have to love a Tennessee grown company with national locations that can provide you with big savings and allow you to get in and out of the store without you having to walk into a warehouse to save some money. You do not need to purchase fifty pounds of soap or 100 pounds of dog food in order to save some money. So if you know exactly what you want, you can take a trip to the closest Dollar General Store and find savings on items that we use every day. My last adventure there was an eye opener to the plethora of name brand products and the substantial savings these stores provide to the savvy shopper. I bought $14 dollars of brand name beauty, health and cleaning products which would have cost me 3 to 4 times as much at the local grocery store or larger retail chains and I was in an out in less than ten minutes.
I have waited in check-out lines longer than that in order to save some money at the super stores! I found name brand products you can trust at prices that made my trip well worth making. So if you are SHOPPING, you need to make a plan, look for the deals, visit the Dollar General Stores, the Discount Stores, the Warehouse stores and even the Department stores and get the best deals. Do your homework before you go – check on-line prices before heading to the store to make sure that they don’t have any on-line only deals, check the papers, make the calls to the stores and ask them about upcoming sales. This Christmas Season will provide you with more gifts and perhaps a better gift savings that keeps some money in your bank account this year.
If you would like help with your shopping this season, please give me a call and I will be happy to help!
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