When you start using coupons, and see how much money you can save, you never want to pay full price for anything ever again – and you don’t have to! Not for certain things anyway.
Here is a list of things you should never pay full price for.
CDs & DVDs
I’m somewhat of a movie collector, but I will only buy DVDs if they are dirt cheap and I love the movie. However, I would never pay full price for a DVD. (I really love Rogers on Demand for renting movies as well.)
As for CDs, I like to use iTunes and only download the songs that I want. It’s much cheaper than buying a CD that only has a few songs on it that I really enjoy.
I almost always buy our kids’ toys second hand, unless they are extremely inexpensive at the store (usually on Boxing Day or right after Christmas).
There always children’s toys on clearance, and most stores have sales all year round (but especially right before and right after Christmas), so you should never be paying full price for toys.
I usually get my books from Amazon and pay with Swagbucks. Book stores are a huge temptation of mine (I want to buy everything!), so I avoid them whenever possible.
I also purchase many used books from thrift stores and yard sales. Many times I can find books that are brand new for a very small fraction of the original cost.
Thrift stores are fantastic for clothes shopping. They get new clothing items every single day, so there is always something great to be found at a thrift store. I just love hunting for an article of clothing and finding it for a dirt cheap price!
Thrift stores frequently have sales as well (and sometimes offer coupons). I try to only shop on sale days, but the prices are so good that you can shop any day and still find some great bargains!
Most people go to a car lot and buy whatever catches their eye, at whatever price it’s listed at.
Did you know that you can actually haggle with a car salesman? When I bought my last car, it was about $1500 over my budget. I told the salesman that if he reduced the price by $1500 I would take the car. Guess what – he reduced the price. It never hurts to ask.
I don’t remember the last time I paid for toothpaste, let alone paid full price. I shudder at the thought. When I see people paying full price at the store, it makes me want to cry.
There are always coupons for toothpaste. Hold on to them long enough, and there is sure to be a sale that will make your toothpaste FREE (or very cheap) after applying your coupon.
I know that some people are brand-specific when it comes to their hair products, but I am not one of those people. As long as it gets my hair clean, that’s all I care about. Holding on to my coupons and waiting for sales almost always results in very inexpensive shampoo & conditioner.
Razors & Shaving Cream
Razor and shaving cream coupons are extremely popular. You can find them almost anywhere, all year round. You would be crazy to pay full price for these items when you can get them much cheaper by using coupons.
Diapers always go on sale. Every single week there will be a sale somewhere. This is one of those items that you should never, ever pay full price for.
You can almost always find diaper coupons as well (especially for Pampers), making a sale price even sweeter.
I love a big bowl of cold cereal at any time. Breakfast, lunch or dinner – it doesn’t matter to me. We go through a lot of cereal in this house and I couldn’t tell you the last time I paid full price for it.
Even without a coupon, there are often very good sales on cereal all year round (especially around back to school time).
Paper Towels, Bathroom & Facial Tissue
I hate buying products that are garbage the moment you use them. It’s like flushing money down the toilet. I always stock up on these items during sales to prevent ever paying full price.
I also redeem my Shoppers Optimum Points to get these things for free.
Candles, Air Fresheners, etc.
Before I started using coupons, I would pay full price for candles all the time. I really love candles, especially in the fall and winter. Full price was expensive, though. What was I thinking?
Since I’ve been using coupons for years now, I know that there is always a coupon for candles or air freshener. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is (especially right before Christmas), you will be able to find a coupon. Don’t ever pay full price for these items.
Feminine products are always free (or close to it) with coupons. Always. End of story.
I do believe that there are some things you should splurge on, but for the most part, I often advise against paying full price. There always deals to be had on just about anything.
Do your research and make sure that if you are going to spend money on something, it’s worth the cost.