In order to be a savvy bargain shopper, you have to be Shopportunist. What does that mean? Well, we know an opportunist is someone who adapts their actions to take advantage of opportunities and circumstances. A Shopportunist applies that kind of behavior to, you guessed it, shopping!
Clearance products tend to be in limited supply and coupon codes are controlled by the stores offering them. They are never set in stone and can be pulled without notice. If you see something you want, don’t count on it being around tomorrow. (And please don’t yell at me if a price changes or something goes out of stock. I’m just a messenger!)
Being a Shopportunist requires you to anticipate your shopping needs. No, you don’t need a new toaster. But here is one that is only $5! Cousin Myrtle is getting married in 2 months. That would be a perfect gift! Snatch it up and stick it away until you need it.
Say your kids go to an average of 10 birthday parties per year. When you see a sale on kids toys or games, grab several. Keep them in a special storage container and let your kids shop from there when they get their next invite.
To be clear, I’m not condoning buying something only because it is cheap. You can easily bargain shop your way into debt and no one wants that! Remember, nothing is a bargain if it is not going to be used.
Later this month, I will be having 5 house guests staying for about a week. I used this event as justification for buying more coffee mugs. See, I’ve always wanted a set of diner-style coffee mugs, but I’m cheap and need a “reason” to buy things. I looked all around for mugs that were solid and heavy, with a chunky handle. The kind that hold an actual “cup” of coffee, not a whole pot, like most mugs these days.
I didn’t have any luck at the stores in my neighborhood, so I started looking online. I found some on a site called Retro Planet. They came in the mail this week and I am so happy with them! They are even better than I expected. I especially like how the body of the mug curves in a little, so you can wrap your hands around it.
I admit, I enjoy the convenience of having an instant latte, using my Tassimo brewer, but most of the time, I prefer to have just a plain old fashioned cup of joe. Nothing fancy. Just a little bit of milk and sugar, in a diner-style mug.
Wednesday evening, my kids and I were doing some shopping at a Super Walmart. I had a fairly long list of random things we needed and spent about 45 minutes criss-crossing the store looking for them.
When we finally got to checkout, I noticed a pack of jumbo-sized crayons in the cart. My kids outgrew jumbo crayons 8 years ago! Just as I started to ask, “Ok, who threw these in the cart?”, my field of vision expanded a little and I saw another item I didn’t pick up….then another, and another, and another! Then it hit me! My kids weren’t playing a joke on me, I grabbed someone else’s basket!
So like an archaeologist, I started digging through the layers to figure out where the swap might have occurred. I determined it was in the school supplies section and sure enough, there was our original cart, lonely and abandoned, sitting by the $5 clearance backpacks. Like a team of jewelry thieves, my kids and I quickly transferred our stuff from the stolen cart and got the heck out of there, whistling our way to the registers.