Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What won't I pay for?

There are a handful of things that I refuse to pay for. Over the years I have gotten these items free or even gotten overage on them (meaning I came out ahead after I bought them). Most often I got these items with rebates, clearance sales combined with coupons, and combining rebates with sale prices and coupons:

disposable razors
body wash
cold medicine
magazine subscriptions

Some of those items I will pay for (like shampoo or conditioner), but no more than .25 cents or so. I know I can stock up for cheaper so I wait for a better deal. All of these items I have more than a one year supply of so I won't pay for them right now...only sales tax!

Other items I won't pay very much for:

kids shampoo
bars of soap
Ziploc baggies
first aid supplies
granola bars
toilet paper
tin foil

Over the years I have seen a cycle with sales. Granted, much has changed the past year with the economy so it's not as predictable as it used to be. I used to be able to get cereal for literally .30 cents a box after sale prices and coupons. That would almost never happen now, so when I say I won't pay more than $1 for something it kind of just depends on whether or not it will ever go cheaper.

I have also noticed the cycle of coupons that come available. Like Colgate coupons for example. They come out on a regular basis. So you know when the ones you have are about to expire you will be seeing some new ones. It is also pretty guaranteed that when I new product comes out on the market, a free sample will be offered and many times a sale/rebate on that item at drugstores like Walgreens, Rite Aid or CVS. So watch for that too.

Sometimes I run out of something and I have to pay for it...which KILLS me. But that doesn't happen very often so it really doesn't dent my budget too badly. :) Just stock up on those great sales and you are set. It helps to not be too willing to try another brand if you can get it for free or almost free. You might find you like it!

What won't you pay for? Maybe I missed something on my list.

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