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Consumer Tips: Saving Money When You Shop

How do I start saving?

Before you buy something, ask yourself, "Have I...":

  • looked for coupons?
  • checked the price at more than one store?
  • asked about when it might go on sale, or thought about waiting for a sale?
  • thought about what else I might spend my money on if I do not buy it?

 

When I find a good deal, should I buy the product?

Maybe you should buy it. Maybe not. Before you buy, think about whether this is the right deal for you.  Ask yourself:

  • Am I buying this just because it is on sale?
  • Do I really want or need this thing?
  • Can I afford this product, even on sale?
  • Do I want to buy it, even if it adds to my credit card debt?