When looking for the best prices on the items on your shopping list, it’s often a good idea to pay attention to where you are getting your items. In a number of cases, it’s convenient to get drugstore items while at the grocery store, or pick up a couple things for dinner when you stop to pick up your prescription at the drugstore. However, those choices could cost you big time in the long run, since you might not be getting the optimal value for your money.
Shopping at the Appropriate Store
Anyone who has bought batteries at the grocery store knows that they are very expensive when purchased that way. When you purchase batteries, or cosmetics, or office supplies at the grocery store, you are going to pay a premium. The assumption is that it’s more convenient for you to grab these items at the grocery store than it is to go to another store. And you’ll pay for that convenience.
The same is true of make food purchases at a store that doesn’t normally sell food. Food purchases at Kmart or Shopko are going to be more expensive than buying at the grocery store. Picking up a dozen eggs at the drugstore, while you are getting some of your hygiene products, will add a premium to your final bill.
Compare costs before you grab something. You might be surprised at how, over time, those small expenses can really add up. Make sure that to plan ahead so that you don’t feel like you have to grab something because you don’t have time to shop elsewhere, or because you didn’t plan ahead to stock up on what you needed the last time you were in the appropriate store.
What about Super Stores?
Of course, many people choose to shop in super stores or warehouse stores that allow them to find a variety of low cost items that fall into various categories. You can purchase low cost grocery items on one side of the store, and then head to other side of the store to pick up electronics, or household goods.
When shopping at super stores, though, you still have to be careful. Many people just assume that these stores are going to have the lowest prices — even if that’s not strictly true. For some items, the super store or warehouse store doesn’t actually have the best prices. You might be better off waiting for a sale at a different store to stock up.
Another issue that comes with shopping at such mega stores is that it becomes easy to overspend. You have access to so many items for purchase, and it’s easy to find something you want — but don’t actually need. It’s also easy to fall into the “but it’s a bargain” trap.
When you see a great deal, it might be hard for you to pass it up because it seems like such a good price, even if you had no intention of buying the item. Super stores use these bargains to get you to spend more money, and excuse yourself because you got such a great deal.
The bottom line is that, no matter where you shop, you need to be on your guard, and ready to compare prices. Stick to your list, and try to avoid impulse purchases. That’s the best way to save money while shopping.
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