Let's face it bargain hunters, sometimes the savings you think you're getting don't really add up.
But there is a method that can help you separate true deals from the lousy offers.
Here are the Top 7 Things To Ask Yourself To Make Sure You Get A Bargain:
Number 7: Does The Math Add Up?
2 for $7. That was a deal we found on mac and cheese. But check it out. You can get 2 generic for only $5.38.
A little arithmetic like that has added up to savings for shopper Quanesha Henry. Pulling out her calculator stopped her from buying a brand name bundle on suds.
"Today I chose the 2 individual prices versus the bundle. It was cheaper by about 75 cents," she said.
Number 6: Are There Hidden Fees?
Take Internet and TV deals for example. The advertised price can be appealing, but many charge monthly fees for equipment rentals on modems and boxes that just add to the total cost.
Number 5: Will it last?
Tom Buice learned the hard way sometimes off-brand means poor quality.
"I bought the off-brand shoes to save money, but in the end it actually costs me money because I had to go out and buy a whole other pair of shoes," said Buice.
Number 4, are there incidental costs?
I'm talking about the ones not on your receipt like when you drive 90 miles round trip to go to the outlets but you spend more on gas than you save at the store.
Number 3: Will I Spend More Than I Mean To?
You go in for a bargain and leave with a carload. That's where saving is over-spending in disguise.
Number 2: Am I Spending Too Much Time?
When the value of the deal you find is small compared to how long you spend searching for it, remember your time is precious too.
Number 1: Will I Use This?
"I still have a couple of things that I bought several years ago that are just sitting there," confessed Tina McCall in Spartanburg.
Like many of us, McCall has gotten sucked into a bargain, only to find you don't really need it.
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