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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Little Bargains Here and There

I have learned--as have many others--that WHAT YOU SPEND is more important than HOW MUCH YOU SAVE. So "saving" 50% on a $300 sweater may not be better than SPENDING $40 on a sweater. Sad but true: the price to value ratio is not always what one would hope. I seldom find that you get what you pay for.

Also, I KNOW that many--and that includes me--buy TOO much. Still--and just ignore the following two tips if you want--most of us do buy things both necesssary and discretionary now and again.

In the NECESSARY category. I noticed that Amazon had a crazy low price on Community Coffee Instant with chicory.

Both my children use instant in their college dorms and Mr. FS and I bring instant to work. These are $9.99 for FOUR 7 oz. We bought enough for free shipping. These "expire" in March, but I scoff at such dates. Hopefully, not to my peril--or worse.

In the DISCRETIONARY: Garnet Hill, the elegant and funky catalog, has FREE SHIPPING, TODAY ONLY and ONLY if you click through their FACEBOOK page.

I have discovered that occasional good deals are offered on Facebook. I'm not even ON Facebook and I certainly don't want to "FRIEND" a store. Still, it's worth an occasional glance to see, especially if, like me, you don't look at very many places.

9 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

Ooh, thanks for the Garnet Hill tip. I've had my eye on the EF tee shirt dress for a while now, and free shipping was enough incentive to push me over the edge.

I've learned to look at amazon.com first for just about anything I buy. They often have the best price.

Frugal Scholar said...

@DP--I've been wanting to try that dress too. So glad you made use of the free shipping.

Duchesse said...

I bought GH towels on the post-holiday sale, but very few companies offer free ship to Canada. J. Crew is one.

see you there! said...

The major supermarket I shop at always has "sales". When the checker rings me up they always say "And you saved blah,blah dollars today" and I always want to reply "Yes, and I only had to spend blah, blah dollars to do that". I know it is the company speil so I just smile and don't take my irritation out on the poor worker.

Darla

Frugal Scholar said...

@Duchesse--LLBean has free shipping to US and CANADA through Feb 15. Not quite as stylish as GH.

@Darla--They say that at my grocery too. I always say "Wow." Most people really are swayed by that.

Shelley said...

"I saw this and thought of you" is an advertising slogan for Royal Mail.

http://fashionismymuse.blogspot.com/2011/01/book-review-how-proust-can-change-your.html

Even though I'm not posting this via RM, the phrase pertains.

Frugal Scholar said...

@Shelley--Thanks for the reference. I am not the Proust-reader in my family--it's Mr. FS. He thanks you too.

Shelley said...

Yes, I was aware that it was Mr FS who reads Proust. I just hesitated to write 'I was thinking of your husband'. Silly of me, I know.

Frugal Scholar said...

@Shelley--Just found a used copy of the book!