Before I was aware of the tricks retailers used, I would load up my huge shopping cart, buy more than I needed, and think I was doing good when I got my “pseudo-bargains.” And more times than not, I’ve left a certain big name retailer wondering how in the world I managed to spend $100 when I only went in to get a pair of socks!
Have you ever left a store feeling like you might have gotten one-upped? Turns out, one of the very best ways to avoid most temptations and to avoid spending more than you plan to is to recognize what is going on and to only shop with a written list.
Click through for 7 things you should know before stepping into the next store …
They Place the Expensive Stuff at Eye Level 1 of 7
Retailers stock merchandise on the shelves with a purpose. You need to look for what you want on the lower shelves and don't just grab what is at your eye level. The less expensive merchandise is placed strategically on the lowest and highest shelves.
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The Clearance Shelves? Hidden! 2 of 7
When you enter a store planning to shop frugally, you need to head to the back of the store to find the merchandise on clearance. Retailers don't mind displaying reduced price merchandise, but they'll make you work to find it. Head to the back of the store first to see what is listed as clearance before making rounds of the rest of the store.
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They Offer Those Pesky BOGOs 3 of 7
The popular buy one get one free sale can be an effective way to get a deal, but if you are buying things you don't even need, you are wasting your money.
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… and Those 10 for $10 Deals 4 of 7
There are many stores that offer a 10 for $10 deal where basically the items you are buying appear to be just a dollar. However, if you end up spending $10 instead of just one, you are likely overspending unnecessarily.
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Then There’s That Pseudo-Bargain Pricing 5 of 7
Retailers like to tell you how much an item used to cost with their sights that highlight the â€˜was' price next to the current price. It sure looks like a good deal, but if you have no clue what the actual price of the item is, you may just be falling for a retail sales trick.
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And the Big Old Carts 6 of 7
You may not be aware of how large a shopping cart is, but it could be detrimental to your wallet. If you go to the store with a small list, grab a hand basket instead of the larger shopping cart. You'll be less tempted to throw things into your cart that you don't actually need.
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They Trigger the "Could Haves" 7 of 7
The flashy displays make people susceptible to thinking about what they â€˜could have' or â€˜could do.' Become conscientious about your shopping habits. Resist the cutesy store displays, pictures, and suggestive sales tactics. Stick to your list and get out of the store when you are done.
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