(Closed) NWR: Do you shop sales for everyday items?

posted 7 years ago in Money
  • poll: Do you shop sales for everyday items?
    Yes. All the time, everything I buy is on sale : (5 votes)
    12 %
    Most the time. If something I really want isnt on sale, I'll still buy it once in a while : (22 votes)
    51 %
    Sometimes. I try to, but I dont usually catch things I want on sale. : (13 votes)
    30 %
    Never. I want what I want when I want it, doesnt matter if its no sale or not. : (3 votes)
    7 %
    Other. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1249 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    @pinkshoes: No, don’t feel weird.  I do that too.  I don’t have regular brands that I “always” buy because I just buy the least expensive item.  Either that, or I just get things at Walmart, which is generally the cheapest anyway (except for fresh foods – always go to ethnic markets to get the cheapest produce and meat!).

    Post # 5
    916 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I only buy stuff on sale, and if it is something that I can get a coupon for, I wait to use the coupon when it is on sale for extra savings. I think the only things we buy not-on-sale are milk, eggs, and beer (you know, the essentials). Produce we try to buy on sale (since that stuff is usually also seasonal), but that is the one area where I am much more flexible, since we both are trying to eat more produce.  Junk food and meat though, has to be on sale. I very, very rarely will buy clothes that are not on sale.

    I think when my husband first moved in, he thought I was crazy (I probably spend about an hour every Friday night planning our shopping trip, and time on Sunday mornings cutting coupons).  But now it’s kind of like a game, where we see how much we can save.  Our grocery store prints our savings at the bottom, and a typical grocery trip for us is between $30-$50 savings.  That can really add up! I don’t think shopping sales makes you poor, I think it helps keep you from being poor.

    Post # 6
    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I try to buy things on sale, but if it’s a staple in our diet (for example Darling Husband loves tortilla chips) and it’s not on sale, we’ll still buy it. 

    I am more inclined to buy something that we don’t necessarily eat normally, because it is on sale, however. For example, if pot roast is on sale, I’ll get that instead of tri-tip and we’ll make a pot-roast instead.

    Post # 7
    6512 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Yes!  And your husband is being silly.  Wealthy people often appreciate sales just as much as normal or poor people.   You are not sacrificing quality, so whats the problem? 

    Post # 8
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Nope – I’m thankful that Darling Husband and I are at a point in our lives where if we want NY Strip for dinner, we can buy it.  If we want Doritos and coke to eat while we watch football, we can buy it.  I try on a dress that looks fabulous on me, we can buy it.  And we can do all this while still saving a hefty chunk each month.

    Because of this, IMO my time is more valuable to me to be spent doing something I enjoy rather than hunting sales, clipping coupons, going to multiple stores when one carries everything I need, etc.

    Post # 9
    3344 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I shop at Safeway and only buy stuff that’s on sale.  It’s pretty easy to do because of how they do the price tags with cost/ounce.  I am not good at clipping coupons and am not really interested in it.

    Post # 11
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    At a traditional grocery store I always buy on sale. Otherwise I buy stuff at discount stores, cheap local markets etc for specialty goods. I buy a lot of my produce at the farmers market and choose the cheaper stalls. I do use coupons when I can and match them up to sales or the cheapest price I can find.

    Post # 12
    2320 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We shop at a discounted supermarket called WinCo, and so the groceries there are just plain cheaper than anywhere else. They don’t carry brand new products and I noticed recenlty that they stopped selling my yougurt brand individually. Anyway, even there I find myself looking for the little green sale tags.

    They sell lots of things in bulk too, I refuse to buy bags of flour, sugar, spices anymore. Who wants to pay $3 for a bag of flour when I can bag it myself for .50 cents?

    Post # 13
    3461 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I got really into doing couponing game, etc. for a while and I had to learn to back off.  Having some $10 ECB from CVS expire or…run out in the snow storm while I’m sick?…  Basically it was learning to balance, in addition to methods of couponing that were more efficient.  I love deals, all the more so when I’m underemployed and on a tight budget.

    Post # 14
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    @Mrs.Mittens:We have one called Foodmax that doesnt really have sales, but they do have “competitor price busts”. They dont advertise at all, so you have to go in the store to see what exceptionally great deals they are, but everything is really cheap to start. The downfall is they dont have huge selections of things. I have to make do with what they have and finish my shopping elsewhere if I need other items.

    Post # 16
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    We plan our dinners for the work week based on the weekly circular. But there are also items that we eat a lot of that we’ll buy regardless-our favorite cereals, the tomato wraps that I take for lunch, etc. Things like soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc. I almost always have coupons for. It takes about 5 minutes Sunday morning while Im reading the paper.

    When I was single I didnt care so much about saving a buck, but who doesn’t love to save some money?! 🙂


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