Is it a Good Deal?

June 27, 2012 | Posted By: Shannen Bayless | Categorized in: Finance, Shopping, FatWallet, Couponing

Is it a good deal?

Question to ask yourself before going coupon shopping.

Every week when I check out the supermarket sales, I find myself asking: is it a good deal or not? Here are a few ideas when you find yourself asking that same question.

1. If you donít need, itís not a good deal. This can be thought of a couple different ways.
  • If you already have 20 jars of pasta sauce or 18 bags of frozen vegetables, you probably donít need it even if itís on sale this week. It could however, be a good deal if your plan after purchasing these items is to donate to your local food pantry.
  • At my house, I definitely do not ďneedĒ potato chips. We are on strict diets to slim down before going on vacation this summer, and chips are not on our diets. Therefore, even though, those bags of chips may be on sale for $1.50 this week, I do not ďneedĒ to buy them, even if I happen to have a coupon.
2. If you canít afford it, you donít need it. Itís not a good deal.
  • If itís not in your budget, you canít afford it whether itís 25 cents or $250.00
  • If you donít have the money for it, itís not a good deal.
3. If you wonít use it before it expires, you donít need it. Itís not a good deal.
  • For example, a few weeks ago lettuce was on sale, and I had a coupon to use. I could have bought 6 bags of lettuce for 75 cent each when they were normally around $2.00. We would have never eaten that many bags before it went bad so I only bought 3 bags.
4. If you have to drive too far to buy it, itís not a good deal.
  • Always figure in the cost of gas and your time to determine if itís a good deal. If itís costing you more than you are saving, itís not a good deal.

Sometimes it can be hard to pass up a great deal or bargain, especially for us coupon shoppers. I ask myself all the time ďis it a good deal?Ē or not when Iím out shopping. Remember just because something seems like a good deal, doesnít mean it has to end up in your grocery cart!
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June 27, 2012 | Posted By: christineluken
I agree! New couponers especially can "fall in love with the deal" and not take these points into consideration. I've been guilty of doing it myself when I first started couponing.
June 27, 2012 | Posted By: HeatherS4
Thanks Christine! :)
June 28, 2012 | Posted By: MarsdenFubar
I agree with the expiration thing. That applies to electronics too. I bought a couple of computer parts cheap, but by the time I got around to actually building my PC, some of those same parts were cheaper than when I purchased them (RAM / SSD). :)
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