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According to Smart Money Magazine there are certain days of the week for bargain hunting and scoring good deals.
Retailers often have a specific day of the week that they offer big discounts. I know that my closest Academy store has Tuesday as the day it reduces some items.
Smart money suggests:
Sunday – Usually a day when retailers tend to reduce the price of appliances.
Monday – Groceries and personal stuff, cars and electronics.
Tuesday – Travel. This I know for sure. If you look for booking a flight to the destination of your desire, at midnight Tuesday there is a strong chance that you will get a good deal on your flight. My friends also have tried this with great success.
Wednesday – A runner-up to Tuesday for travel. The worst time to buy airline tickets is the weekend.
Thursday – Clothes online and traditional retailers tend to start the weekend sales early on this day.
So there you have it. If you want bargains choose your day.
Warehouse shopping can offer you great bargains but if you are not careful they can also drain your wallet.
I love going to Sam’s or Costco’s but I have learnt some hard lessons. One of them is buying bulk chopped Romaine lettuce, thinking to myself that this is good value, it will last me all week. Not so. If you are not going to use it the next day, don’t do it. I find that the lettuce after a day or so, starts to go brown and tastes sour. I end up throwing the rest away because it is not really a vegetable that adds flavor to a stew or soup. That of course is just one example.
Here are some tips from Caroline Mayer and Jeff Yeager to save you money and come out ahead of the game.
1. Buy only what you can use
Don’t buy anything that will deteriorate before you can use it all. A good example is those large boxes of cereal that eventually gets thrown out because it has gone stale. My lettuce experience is an example. Those large boxes of strawberries. You have to eat them within two to three days. Olive oil another example, don’t get those big tins or bottles of olive oil, if you are not going to use it up before the ‘use by date’ it will go rancid and not be very pleasant for cooking or on your salad.
2. Take a friend or family
Split the large packages and share. It will be more cost-effective. Boxes of tin tomatoes or tomato paste would take a small family some months to use. Share shopping is a good thing.
3. Buy before it flies
If you really need a certain product that you like and use frequently, Stock up. A lot of product lines change and you may not be able to get it again for sometime, if at all
4. Check out your local supermarket.
Your local supermarket and traditional grocers can offer bargains on things such as cereal, detergents etc that can rival those of the wholesale clubs. Check their prices first before heading to the club.
5. Check out the checkout policies
Costco accepts only American Express credit cards. If you don’t have one, bring a debit card, a checkbook or cash. Sam’s Club and Costco do not accept manufacturers’ coupons. BJ’s does.
Return policies are usually generous but they vary: BJ’s requires most items to be returned within 30 days. Sam’s Club and Costco have a 90 day return policy for most electronics
6. Calculate your yearly expenditure at the Warehouse Club
If you spend more than $2,500 a year, consider a more expensive membership level. You will get the money back in perks, such as the 2 percent rewards program offer at Costco and BJ’s
If you don’t do different nothing will change
I am a label reader from way back. Shopping for groceries is not a 5 minute thing for me. I wander down the aisle with great interest with what is on the shelves. I actually love grocery shopping. I know, strange but true.
There are many things you should be aware of when buying groceries and one of them is that the labels are a marketing tool and do not always tell the whole truth. So don’t be fooled by the label.
Always check the nutrition panel to check the following:
97% FAT-FREE « Sweets or biscuits may be low in fat but they are still not a healthy choice. The label may say “fat-free”, but usually anything fat-free is loaded with sugar. There are many forms of sugar, such as corn syrup, cane sugar juice, natural cane sugar and many more. So just because it says fat-free it doesn’t mean the kilojoules are any less. Check for salt, colors and preservatives.
LITE « This is also confusing as it may only mean lighter in flavor, color or taste. Once again check the labels for the amount of artificial flavoring and color, preservatives and salt.
MISLEADING PICTURES « An example of this is the pictures on cans of fruit. It may look very appetizing and colorful, but read the label to make sure they have real fruit in that can. Some cans contain artificial fruit and flavoring. Cherries are a good example of this and sometimes pears are replaced with an artificial substance.
NATURAL OILS « Palm and coconut oil are high in saturated fat, while vegetable oils are not healthy if they have been hydrogenated (turning them into a trans fatty acid, which clogs the arteries).
NO ADDED SUGAR « Sugar comes in different forms and names. The label may say no added sugar but you may notice it contains dextrose, fructose, glucose, maltodextrin and corn syrup – all of which can result in release of more insulin into the bloodstream causing greater risk of increased body fat.
When I am shopping for groceries I always get what ever is natural when possible. It all comes down to the quantity of what we eat and because it has less sugar or fat does not mean you can eat more or that it will make you any healthier or skinnier.
Amazon has been experimenting with the Grocery delivery business and obviously found it to be rather a success.
They now have a website called Amazon Tote.
Amazon Tote is a free weekly delivery service of perishable and non perishable goods.
1. It has weekly delivery of items on preset days
2. Free shipping with no minimum purchase
3. Items arrive at your doorstep in weather proof Tote bags
Currently, AmazonTote is available for the following ZIP codes: 98004, 98005, 98006, 98007, 98008, 98033, 98039, 98040, 98052, 98102, 98103, 98105, 98107, 98109, 98112, 98115, 98117, 98119, 98125, 98133, 98199.
I believe they are about to extend their services into other zip code areas.
If you would like AmazonTote offered in your neighborhood contact them
The great thing about this is:
- Competition for your dollar.
- The convenience
I believe this is a fantastic service for the working Mum. Gives her more time with the family as she doesnt have to dash off to the shops to get food. Makes it easier and more time to have home cooked meals.