Are You Really Getting a Good Deal?

Posted on January 6th, 2012 by Coupon Cathy

Sometimes being thrifty can be tricky to figure out. There are some deals that are straight forward and fantastic: the freebies! However, not all “sale prices” and “deals” are deals at all.

Price per Unit vs. “low” price. Sometimes what appears to be a low price is actually a higher price per unit. So, a smaller jar of peanut butter actually cost more per ounce than does the larger jar. So, when calculating prices, be sure to break it down per unit. Take note, however, that the larger box or container is not necessarily a better deal. You just have to check. For example, I often see this problem with diaper deals. The best deals I’ve gotten on diapers have been smaller packages that have been deeply discounted or marked for clearance (along with a coupon, of course). I’ve gotten enough of those deals that I intentionally did not use a $10 off two large boxes of diapers because the cost per diaper even with the coupon was still much more expensive than I would buy and have bought. One caveat: sometimes, cash flow is limited. So, you simply have to buy the best deal you are able to buy with the amount of cash you have regardless of price per unit. That’s just keepin’ it real!

Is It Really On Sale? Become familiar enough (or just do the research) with prices of things you purchase regularly that you recognize a true sale price when you see it. Sometimes when one specialty store has one particular organic cereal we used to buy on sale, their “sale” price is still more expensive than the regular price at one of our local grocery stores. However, when that same store has had store coupons for that brand and I have had manufacturer coupons, I have scored some amazing deals. Without that trifecta, if you will, it simply is not any form of sale or price cut for me and my family.

It takes just a little bit of work, but it’s worth it. What else do you do to make sure you are getting the best prices on what you buy?

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