How to Spot a Good Bargain from a Bad One

Are you a sucker when it comes to supermarket deals? Do you find yourself helplessly spending more than you should even during Black Friday sales?

If the answers to the questions above are in the affirmative, you might need to learn how to spot a good, healthy bargain from a bad one. Some of these tips will help you realise where and how your money is getting wasted despite shopping from sales or via deals.

Don’t be fooled by big supermarket deals
Today’s supermarket chains take pride in their ridiculously low priced deals that they are launching each week. Majority of the customers are beguiled into buying the 50% off “offers”, or get excited when the “buy one get two free” slogans are placed on boards. You must however, keep in mind that if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is! Look out for the model number and the specifications of anything you’re buying because cheap deals usually contain the stuff that these companies need to rid off.

Look for a traditional market instead of supermarkets
Instead of driving all the way to the superstore, you can just as easily find things for the week at regular and traditional markets. This way, you will save yourself the expense of fuel too. The hack to getting a good deal is to shop little but often, instead of waiting the whole month to empty your pocket while doing the one-stop shopping trip.

Don’t add the extras even if the deals tempt you
Okay, yes, this one is tough, but you really don’t need to keep adding to the stuff you already own. Many women give in to deals while shopping which already contain things they have. Why add to the stock of cosmetics you already own but aren’t going to use?

Be careful while buying online
Online buying comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. If you’re too lazy to go and get things you want, at least don’t be lazy in rechecking all the additional charges that the product will cost you.

Many online services don’t even offer to deliver your product if you live upstairs somewhere. They charge you extra for delivery and some of them take days to get delivered. If you look at it this way, the equipment that you purchased online, gets delivered late with hundreds of pounds worth delivery charges. Was it actually worth it?

Keep an eye on the minority-run ethnic shops
Yep, that’s true. Some of the Pakistani, Turkish, Iraqi or Indian immigrants have given the original appealing flavour to the existing food lines of the United Kingdom. You don’t need to go to a high profile outlet to eat Turkish food, when you can find a good bargain from these standard outlets for much less.

Make friends with the Butchers, Greengrocers and Fishmongers
To live healthy, you must be aware that you need to get fresh and the greenest vegetables on your kitchen counter. Do not buy a squashed up pack of mint leaves at the supermarket when you can get a fresher handful at the greengrocer’s. Learn to have small talk and indulge with the local butchers and fishmongers while you buy their fresh produce. You might end up being on good terms with them and they might give you a discount after all.