Shop Smarter with Economic Shopping

Discover new ways to save money when it comes to things that you need.

| May 2018

  • bulk-food
    Shop in the bulk bins at the grocery store to save money.
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  • sale
    Shop around for the best price before making a purchase.
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  • household-advice
    “Home Economics” compiled by Jennifer McKnight Trontz, is filled with little tidbits to help around the home.
    Courtesy of Quirk Books

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Home Economics (Quirk Books, 2010) compiled by Jennifer McKnight Trontz, is great for first-time home buyers, as it provideds the may useful tips to use around the house. This book would be a helpful read for anyone looking to make some changes around their home in a budget-friendly way. Find this excerpt in Chapters, “1 and 2.”  

Be a Wise Consumer

As the saying goes: Buyer beware. When the homemaker goes shopping, she has a responsibility of getting good value for her money. One of the first requisites of good buying is the ability to know standard qualities. By so doing, you will not be at the mercy of the salespeople. Another necessary thing is to know what you yourself need, so that a cleverly worded advertisement will not lure you into making unnecessary purchases. Keep a list of needed articles, and do your shopping accordingly. Caution: Always keep within your budget system.

Watch for Deceptive Advertising.

In order to be a wise buyer, it is necessary to be familiar with descriptive words used by manufacturers and merchants. One who shops for clothes, food, and household furnishings should know not only the quality and standards of goods and equipment but also the terms of describing quality or grade. She should be on the alert to learn more about buying. If you have doubts about a product’s worth or quality, walk away.

You should notice whether an advertisement:

  • Advertises the quality of a product or appeals to a buyer’s desire for beauty, romance, pride, or to a sense of fear. (The focus should be on quality.)
  • Makes false or extravagant claims about products.
  • Is sufficiently definite to give a clear idea about the quality and durability of goods.

The Danger of Credit and “Easy” Payments.

Paying more than you can afford is one of the weaknesses of installment buying. Because payments are spread over a long period, they sound “easy” to some persons. Nothing should be bought on an installment plan without reasonable assurance that the purchaser will be able to meet all payments.

Perhaps the greatest drawback to installment buying is the carelessness with which people enter into buying contracts in not figuring how much interest-deferred payments will cost. Because the payment for goods is spread over a period of time, interest is charged to the buyer. Be sure you understand the credit terms (read the fine print!) and, most important, do the math.



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