Don't Waste Money at Regular Stores
Think Outside the Shopping Mall
If you're trying to save money, it's important to think about options that sometimes seem to be "out-of-the-box". One way to easily spend too much money is when you go shopping for new, brand-name items in mainstream stores. In many cases offbrand, generic, or used items will serve your purpose just as well as a new name-brand product. Read on:
- Often times store-brand foods are just as good as branded foods. Lots of times the generic label product is made at the same factory that the branded product is made. When you pay more for an namebrand product, your paying for the name as well as the item. Save some of that money and buy storebrand.
- A great place to shop is a store like Aldi which is a well-known chain that sells mostly their own store brand of food. Because of this you can save money by shopping at Aldi.
- You can also save by shopping at thrift stores. Lots of times folks will donate to thrift stores and the stuff you can buy there at a fraction of the regular price (and in mint condit
ion) include clothing, toys, music, books, and a whole lot more. Recently my daughter needed a dress suit for a school activity. We found what she needed in the appropriate color and size for just $10 at a thrift store. This outfit would've cost at least $100 at a department store.
- A great place to shop for used furniture and appliances is Craigslist. You have to be careful to weed out the scam posts from the legitimate ones. But once you do so, you will find items for a fraction of what they would cost brand-new. Recently we had to buy two dryers: one for our place and one for the rental. Two new dryers would've cost at least $700. But we paid $100 for both and it took roughly the same time to shop for them.
- Yard sales can do what thrift store shopping and craigslist shopping manage to do: save you money on all kinds of items. In order to save your time and money, however, you have to be systematic about shopping at yard sales. It helps to do your research in advance and find out either on Craigslist or in your news newspaper where yard sales will be held. Then you map out your route and you go with a list of items that you need. If you organize yourself before yard sale-ing then you guarantee that you're saving money and time.
In the U.S. people have been hit hard by the recent recession. Some are out of work and don't have much money so saving some cash becomes more important than it's ever been. By thinking out-of-the-box in terms of where to shop and what to buy, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year.