Is It Worth It To Shop At Multiple Stores?
Have you ever wondered: is it worth it to shop at multiple stores? I have – and my answer is no. It’s not. Not for me, anyway.
Most stores have a new sales flyer every week, and many times there will be a few good deals at one store and a few good deals at another. So which store do you shop at? Both? Or just the one with the most deals that you want to take advantage of?
I know that many of you will not believe me when I say this, but I really dislike shopping and avoid it at all costs. Unfortunately it has to be done and I’m better at it than my husband (even he will attest to that!), so the job is mine.
If there’s anything I don’t like more than shopping, it would be bouncing around from store to store, trying to get the best deal. Instead, I try to find a happy medium.
1. Find The Deals
I scour the sales flyers every week and write down all of the deals that I think are worth picking up, making a note of what store the sales are at. I am probably not going to end up getting every single good deal, so I will highlight each deal that are definite must haves, so that I know they will need to be picked up no matter what.
I write down everything from produce, to groceries, to toiletries – anything and everything that I deem to be a good deal.
If I have coupons for certain sale items, I will put a star next to them (and the amount of coupons) on my list. This way I will remember to pull out my coupons when I make my final shopping list.
2. Determine Price Match Opportunities
I shop at Walmart pretty much every week because I know that I can price match other sale flyers there.
After making my list of good deals, I will then look it over and make a note of all the items that I can price match at Walmart.
It’s rare that I don’t end up price matching anything when I shop at Walmart. I almost always do.
3. Cut The Rest
Whatever I am unable to price match and is not on my “must haves” list, gets cut.
I don’t care how good of a deal it is.
A common error that many first time couponers make is trying to get all of the deals. This is just not possible (nor is it worth it, in my opinion). You will run yourself ragged if you try to go out and pick up every single freebie, every single 10 cent deodorant and every single $5 box of diapers.
Take advantage of the deals that you can get easily, without having to shop at 10 different stores. Doing this will ensure you will be much less stressed when shopping (if you’re stressed at all).
By limiting the amount of stores that I shop at every week, I am not only saving myself time, but transportation costs as well. Gas isn’t cheap – so don’t waste it!
Do you shop at multiple stores to get deals?