Getting a good deal while shopping is one of the best ways to save money. Sometimes shopping is far more complicated than just buying whatever the cheapest items are, because, let’s face it, sometimes the cheapest items are so cheap for a reason: they just are not very high quality. So, the art of being a good shopper comes down to balancing cost with quality and trying to find the perfect equilibrium- in which you are still saving money, but also not skimping out on quality of the goods. One of the best ways to find a good deal when it comes to shopping, is to browse the classified ads in search of that dream bargain, which is very possible- even in today’s internet obsessed world.
One thing you will see pretty often when browsing the classified ads (whether online or in print) is that many sellers are looking to sell something that is brand new, but was damaged during shipping (or whatever other reasons.) Buying something that is damaged, but still in working condition, is a great way to save a buck when shopping, and sometimes the savings can be pretty large. So, if you do not mind a little cosmetic wear and tear, then this is a great way to use the classified ads to find the best deal while shopping.
Use it as an alternative to going to the store
Shopping at a store is a sure-fire way to spend much more money than you should have. More times than not, there is a cheaper alternative available via online or print classified ads. The best thing to do is to browse online, compare the price online with the price in the store, and then you may be able to use that comparison as leverage when shopping at the store- as some stores have a “we’ll meet the minimum price” guarantee, which means you can actually save quite a chunk of change if done correctly.
Saving time, saving money
The saying goes that “time is money,” and that is just as true when it comes to shopping. Classified ads are a great way to shop because you can get great deals, and you do not have to spend much time in order to do that. Shopping on classified ads is much more efficient and a quicker way to shop than roaming through aisles, window shopping
Get it while it’s hot
Oftentimes, the people who sell items via classified ads are professional sellers, who are looking for the hottest trends. Because of this, you may be surprised to find that new items are much cheaper on classified ads, because the seller is already looking for the next trend, and is just trying to sell off whatever item is the current hot item.
Langston is a freelance writer and a fan of frugal shopping and currently writes for santaclarita.com