My Frugal Life: Shop With a Target Price in Mind

My Frugal LifeI shop with a target price firmly in mind. If you are shopping for something new to you, check online to see what a competitive price might be. You can also look at Craigslist to see what such an might sell for used. You can use ebay in a similar fashion. There are a good number of websites selling new and refurbished items; you can usually find a rating for their customer service.

I use slickdeals.net a lot. They have listings of a variety of things that might be on sale that day. They also have open forum threads you can read to use as a tutorial for the type of item you are looking to buy. They also have a buyers' alert program--it's free--to email notice to you of sales on the items you specify. If you Google: "13 Websites cheaper than ebay", it will lead you to an article that lists an additional dozen sites that you may find appealing.

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As for grocery shopping, check the weekly advertising circulars. Don't overlook Walgreen and CVS as they both have good prices for sale items. Today when at Walgreen's for a flu shot, I'll buy Comet cleanser, 3 for $1. One cardinal rule I have is that when you find an item at a good, if not great price, buy as much as you can afford if you use it on a regular basis.

I bake my own bread. It's a chewy, coarse, whole wheat that goes great with soup and salad. It is satisfying and at about $1/loaf reasonable. I add psyllium husks (aka Metamucil) for extra fiber and molasses for color and flavor. One great recommendation I heard about a bread like this is to start a meal with a chunk of this bread and extra virgin olive oil; this will fill you up and cut down on the amount of other, perhaps less healthful, food you eat. I use recycled produce bags-the think, clingy kind--to wrap every thing I freeze as well as my bread.

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Tracy from Kansas City, MO

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February 17, 20090 found this helpful

I absolutely agree! Check what the going price is and then try to beat it as much as you can - through deals, sales, or by getting it secondhand. Try to anticipate your needs so that you don't have to run out and pay full price for anything.

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