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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.


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 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.


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.

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!