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Good Deals Come To Those Who Wait


Despite the fact that we’re supposed to get one more snow shower in Michigan, spring is officially here! As the weather warms up don’t let your hard earned money disappear with the snow. I’ll share an easy spring tip that’s helped me save money and not overspend.

Make a list

I’ve mentioned before that I love making lists. They help me to be more productive and stick to my priorities. I keep a list of items we don’t need NOW but will need sometime down the road. For example, we wanted to get an area rug for the nursery. We have linoleum floors in our condo which means I end up wearing multiple layers of socks in the winter. A rug would also help cut down on the echoing. The rug wasn’t an urgent need so I added it to my list so it would help me remember to keep an eye out for sales. Items you don’t need to buy right away but would eventually like to have may be gardening utensils, a bike, picture frames, a TV, new running shoes, a bookshelf, baby items, or storage bins. Some bigger ticket items on your list could be a lawnmower, a washer/dryer, a used car, or a grill.

saleKeep an eye out for sales

Places I usually check FIRST before bothering with the full price at stores are Craigslist, Groupon, and garage sales. You can get a close-to-new grill on Craigslist for a fraction of the price compared to buying new. You’ll be amazed at how many items people list for FREE on Craigslist simply because it’s easier to just get rid of it rather than take the time to organize a garage sale. The next best option is to wait for a sale and/or coupons to use on your items at a store. This is what I did with Nora’s rug. I was periodically checking Craigslist but didn’t see any rugs I’d like for the price I’d like so I kept waiting. Soon enough Meijer had a coupon for 10% off rugs and I also had a coupon for 15% off my total purchase. I was hoping to get a rug for under $100 and after the discounts I had a great 5’x7’ shag rug for $65! You’ll also find that many stores have their big sale events every 6 to 8 weeks. This was the case for when we got new cupboards for our kitchen renovations. There’s always a 20% off sale at Home Depot every couple months so we waited for that sale and paired it with another coupon we had on hand.

Tell people about items on your list

I wouldn’t have found the deal on our rug if I hadn’t told my friend I was looking for one. She sent me a text when she saw the 10% off rugs coupon and it knocked a little extra off the final price. Social media can be a great resource when it comes to finding deals on things. A simple “Anyone have a baby carrier they don’t want or can let me borrow?” on Facebook saved me from spending $25-$100 on a new baby carrier.

Waiting got us a deal on…

We’ve scored some great deals over the past few years. Waiting for the right price and right item got us a new kitchen table, a giant sectional couch, cupboards for our new kitchen, photo books, storage bins, a deep freezer, diapers, dress pants, pillows, and an exercise ball. With a little effort and a watchful eye you can save a lot of money!

What items have you bought after waiting for the right deal?

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  1. Making a list of future wants is a good idea. As long as you recognize it is for future purchases, you don’t feel pressured to fulfill the list, but rather keep an eye out for good deals on the listed items.

    My wife has a big pool of friends on Facebook that she often hits up for deals on various items we are looking for, sometimes in a hurry, sometimes not.

    • Facebook is an awesome resource for that. I often share the deal I got because there’s bound to be someone else looking for that same item. Thanks, Bryce!

  2. Great tips. I also check Groupon and Craigslist first, before I go shopping for anything. Sometimes I’ll check Ebay too. The last item I bought after shopping around a bit was my laptop. I waited until Apple had one of their rare sales, so I got $100 off of my laptop, plus I waited until I could get 7x the rewards points for it through a points card I could use. It worked out well!

    • Smart thinking with the points! It’s important to treat the points as bonus cash and not spend extra money just for the points. We just did the same with paying off the hospital bill after having my baby. Instead of writing a check we used our credit card to get some extra points (we already had the money saved up).

  3. Great point, I would also say this applies to investments as well. You just have to wait until that softball pitch presents itself then knock it out of the park.

  4. I usually list down the things I am planning to buy ahead of time. Whenever I go window shopping, I look for best deals in different stores and weigh which ones will I be able to save.

    • Smart thinking. I think there’s an app where you can scan the barcode and it will tell you what price it is at various locations and on Amazon. I just heard about it and can’t remember what it’s called but that would be helpful for virtual “window shopping.”

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