I am a wise-spender. (Ahem. kuripot!!!) When I am in a grocery, I am always on the lookout for a good bargain. My arithmetic skill comes in handy. I always calculate how much I save if I get brand #1 instead of brand #2. However, I do not buy every buy one-take scheme being offered. I follow my own bargain rules. Besides, my budget is often limited since I follow the “live within your means” lifestyle.
Rule 1: Always be on the lookout for a good bargain
I often scour the bargain rack and find promotional items that are sold half its price. It is tempting to buy those items but I have to remind myself to buy only what I need. When this offer came up, it was too good to pass up. The 200ml Head and Shoulders costs around P118. I paid P118 for this box. I get the Olay soap for free so I get to save P40!
I saw a Pantene pack of a large bottle of conditioner with a free small conditioner bottle. It was a good deal. However, my scalp and Pantene are not compatible so I ignored the deal.
Rule 2: Know what products work for you (and you actually use)
I am not sensitive when it comes to soaps so whenever there is a good deal and it fits my budget, I buy. Soaps do not expire. I think. (do they?) I store as many as I can.
I am a low-maintenance kind of person. With just a daily shower with shampoo and soap, I am good to go. I admit I tend to spend a lot of time in the shower. I make up for it by dressing up fast.
Rule 3: Buy in bulk
We found a product warehouse that sells toilet paper in bulk. They supply toilet paper to hotels and other commercial establishments. For 48 rolls, it costs P292 which is P6.08/roll. For the same quality, the toilet paper brand we buy from the grocery costs P7.50/ roll.
The downside in bulk-buying is that we tend to use the product more because we know we still have a lot of them in storage. I heard my aunt complain about a family-member-I-will-not-name for using too much toilet paper. I have to be aware of our consumption, too. There are two of us in the house and three of them in my aunt’s house but our toilet paper consumption are the same. (Theory: We drink too much water. 😀 )
I saw 6 packs of 8-in-a-pack sanitary napkins for a bargain price and it is the brand I use. I am still thinking about allotting a budget for it. I remember what Sheldon Cooper said on buying in bulk.
Sheldon: Are you sure. There are a lot of advantages to buying in bulk. For example, I noticed that you purchase your tampons one month’s supply at a time. Penny: What? Sheldon: Well think about it, it’s a product that doesn’t spoil, and you’re going to be needing them for at least the next thirty years.
HAHA! Here’s the clip:
Care to share your saving tips?
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Great tips you have here. I believe that buying bulk is really economical and if you can afford to do this, its best you do.
Dropping in via bc bloggers. Happy New Year.
Thanks for visiting, Anne!
My mom buys toilet papers, sanitary napkins and soaps in bulk.. XD I on the other hand, buy my astringent and sunblock cream in the biggest container/tub.. So you can say that our family loves bulk buying things.. 🙂 However, i’ll have to agree with you on “tend (ing) to use the product more because we know we still have a lot of them in storage.”
Hi, Sumi! For colognes, I buy the small and big containers. The small one is easy to slip in the purse. 😀 Refill-refill na lang. 😀
Great post! My mom always has this checklist of items she needs to buy so that she could avoid buying things we don’t need. It also helps shopping alone cause we tend to add some “extras” into the cart 🙂
Hi, Berylle! True. I don’t buy on a whim. If I find something I like, I allow myself to think it over. Go back to the item a week after. If it is still there and I have the budget, I’ll buy. If not, it was not meant for me. Naks!