Comparing prices is one of the best ways to save money. Before your next purchase, check out these tips on How to Comparison Shop and Get the Best Deals.
Comparison shopping is one of the best ways to save money on large and small purchases alike. We often skip doing it on small purchases and sometimes don't do it on larger ones either. We think it will take too much time and we don't think the savings will be that big. The truth is, no matter what you are buying, there is no reason to pay more if you can help it. Nowadays, comparison shopping doesn't take that long, either. There are so many ways to do it almost instantly! Here are some tips on How to Comparison Shop and Get the Best Deals.
How to Comparison Shop and Get the Best Deals
Get on board with apps that can help you. If you are looking for groceries or household items, apps like Favado can be of tremendous help when it comes to comparing prices in your area. These apps do a 'roundup' of prices at stores nearby using their weekly circulars and reports from app users to show you the cheapest place to buy something. They can also alert you to coupons available.
Always check Amazon. One way I save a lot of money is by checking on Amazon. This is especially true for large purchases (we buy our tires on Amazon for this reason!) but also small ones. You may be able to get simple things like laundry detergent for less when you subscribe and save. Amazon has an app that makes it easy to look things up on the spot in stores so you know if it's cheaper on there.
Consider that comparison shopping doesn't just mean the price. When most folks comparison shop, they are looking for the lowest price and best ‘deal'. Have you ever heard the saying, “You get what you pay for”? This can ring very true when it comes to comparison shopping. Make sure you look at reviews online of two items you are considering between. Getting a good deal means also not buying the cheapest option just because it's less.
Used products may be the way to go. Sometimes you can buy something used or refurbished and have it be just as good as a new item. Make sure you don't discount used or open box items in favor of a more expensive new version simply because of it's used status. Include used items in your comparison to get a bigger picture.
Do it the old fashioned way with circulars. Many stores still have circulars. Browse them online for quicker access and do some comparison shopping that way. Many times, stores will even price match competitors if you prefer to buy from one store over another due to location, return policy, etc.
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