Some tips to drink in for getting the most of two essential liquids for the least amount of money.
“Now, instead of hiring real people, the stores are expecting me to do the work – and for no pay.”
The list of tips starts by doing nothing.
To save money, create a more simplified shopping experience, and potentially even increase sales, Walgreens, Kroger, Wal-Mart, and other stores are whittling down the options on their shelves. It’s a move that most consumers appreciate, at least in theory: Now they only have to consider 187 varieties of shampoo, rather than 248. But if …
Go reusable or pay up: The movement to charge shoppers for plastic bags at supermarkets, convenience stores, liquor stores, and anywhere else you’ve been asked “paper or plastic?” is gaining momentum.
The most obvious upside to being a consumer this year was that you felt wanted, and you felt appreciated. In a bad year for business, retailers were very, very happy to have yours. You felt the love—though sure, they only “love” you for your money. It wouldn’t be the first time somebody was happy to be in a relationship with a gold digger.
In 2009, cutting back was cool. Whether thriftiness proves to be short-lived fad or an enduring trend remains to be seen.
The grocery store chain is cutting everyday prices on thousands of items by 10% to 44%.
‘Tis the season to buy too much food—and, after the guests have gone home, to toss too much of it into the trash. Before heading back to the grocery store to fill up your shopping cart and start the whole cycle over again, take a long, hard look at what’s in the refrigerator and see if you can make do.
Here’s a buffet of tips, tricks, recipes, and ideas to make for a Thanksgiving that’s wonderful, and that doesn’t eat up too much of your time and money.
Is the recession over? It doesn’t really matter. Retailers and manufacturers realize that frugality will be the rule at least for the near future, and they’re trying to figure out how to reach the newly cautious, newly vigilant consumer.
The supermarket is designed to get you to spend more than you need. Product location, packaging, quantities, and promotions are all part of the game. And if you aren’t aware that supermarket marketers are even playing a game, then you’re the easiest mark.