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 don’t need, it’s 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 don’t need it even if it’s 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 “need” 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 “need” to buy them, even if I happen to have a coupon.
2. If you can’t afford it, you don’t need it. It’s not a good deal.
- If it’s not in your budget, you can’t afford it whether it’s 25 cents or $250.00
- If you don’t have the money for it, it’s not a good deal.
3. If you won’t use it before it expires, you don’t need it. It’s 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, it’s not a good deal.
- Always figure in the cost of gas and your time to determine if it’s a good deal. If it’s costing you more than you are saving, it’s 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 “is it a good deal?” or not when I’m out shopping. Remember just because something seems like a good deal, doesn’t mean it has to end up in your grocery cart!