It's on sale, it must be a great deal right? Not Always…
This is one of those obvious sorts of things that for some reason or another still seems to bite me.
We went shopping at our local “low priced” grocery store the other day to pick up a few items. As we walked into the store, there was a special display set up with 50-count foam plates priced 10 for $10.00. We decided this was a great deal and bought 10 packs (500 plates). I mean, 50 foam plates for $1 each, great deal right? Well, sort of…
Turns out we have a Sam’s Club membership, and found out last night by talking with my step mother that Sam’s Club (and Costco) both have the same amount of plates for only $8.00. A considerable savings? No. It did prove that just because something looks to be a good deal doesn’t mean it is. Now granted, without our Sam’s membership this probably would have been a great deal and comparing the normal prices, the sale was almost half price. I guess it just irked me a bit that I fell for the “on sale” marketing when I could have been purchasing these plates even cheaper had I just spent the time to compare prices.
What this whole experience made me realize is: I need to make a visit to Sam’s Club and write down the prices for typical items that we buy so I’ll have them with me as a baseline for comparison. This will allow us to know if we are really getting a good deal or not.
I plan to put these prices in my Blackberry so I have them with me at all times. I’ll post this list up once I get it completed.
One of the other items on my list is to do a similar price comparison with Amazon Groceries, as I have read and been told my a number of friends that they frequently have great deals on our typical staple items and in particular on Pampers. Amazon has recently announced a Subscribe and Save Program that offers 15% off and free shipping. I am going to be giving this a try as well.
Just some numbers I did for a quick comparison on Pampers size 3 diapers at a per diaper price:
Walmart: .38 cents
Amazon.com: .24 cents
Amazon.com with Subscribe and Save: .21 cents
Sam’s Club: .21 cents
Anyway, I digress, returning to the foam paper plates…A savings of $2.00 isn’t a lot, but I wonder how many other times we’ve done this and I wonder how much money I would have saved by being just a little more prepared when shopping. I am guessing probably way more than I want to think about…
Is it just me, or has anyone else fallen victim to this? What do you do to make sure you are getting a good deal? Anyone tried Amazon and can offer some feedback on the experience?