[Kim - Perhaps this more towards the personal and away from the list of tips.]

So-called “big-box” department, discount, and grocery stores want you to believe that their number one goal is to make you feel like you’re the most important star in the galaxy. It’s a no-brainer, actually, but what they don’t want you to believe is the fact that their allusion to customer care is nothing more than a complex strategy to get you through their doors. Once you’re in, they’ll make every effort to further deceive you by silently persuading you to spend money on substandard, overpriced junk—or worse, something you didn’t need nor want in the first place. After snagging that $40 vacuum cleaner you might walk out feeling like a winner, when in reality you just purchased something almost guaranteed to fall apart—screw by screw, piece by piece—almost as soon as you take it out of the box (that’s saying you can successfully manage to get it from the box without breaking it). But if armed with an awareness of their tactics and schemes to get you to either empty your wallet and exceed your plastic



DEPARTMENT STORES:

· SALES TAGS DON’T MEAN ANYTHING

* Pay attention to shelf price labels

* It’s not a dumb idea to bring a sharpie along so that you can jot down the prices you see on the shelves. That way, you’ll have them right in front of you and you won’t be left wondering whether you’re losing your mind.

* Examine your sales receipt before leaving the store. Find a place to sit or stand, someplace where you won’t be distracted, and go over each and every line item.



DISCOUNT AND BOX STORES:

· STORE-BRAND v GENERIC

* Store brands are oftentimes way worse than generic brands. If you’re aiming to really ‘save’ money, then go generic.

* Target’s

· DOLLAR ITEMS

* Items such as aluminum foil, plastic wrap, paper towels

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