Most of the time, I am willing to wait for a sale or a coupon (or both) before I buy things. Most of the time, I can do this and stock up so I do not need to pay full price. But there are a few things that I’ll pay full price for no matter what. It’s great to be able to save on those items but not necessary. Here are five of those type of items (and three things that I’ll never pay full price for).
For me, these are things like milk, bread, cheese, yogurt, and every day baking items. While many of those things go on sale, milk does not in my state. For the other items, I try to stock up when I can but if we run out and there is no sale in sight, I don’t worry about it. Those are important things for us so I make sure we have them.
Yes, Cheerios. I cannot stand store brand toasted oat cereal. Cheerios is also the cereal my daughter likes to eat. I love it when I can find coupons and deals on cereal but mostly, we just always make sure to have Cheerios in the house.
I do prefer to find a great deal on parts or on labor but I really don’t think car repair is a place to skimp, nor is it a place you can usually wait until there is a better price. We put a lot of miles on in a year between living fairly rurally and traveling for lumberjack competitions. I want to keep my van and my husband’s car in pretty good condition. (Not included in this is tires and oil changes. I can typically find great deals on those so it is rare that I pay full price.)
Good Dishwasher Tabs
These may be a luxury to most. For me, it is very important. I’ve tried making my own dishwasher detergent. It was awful. I’ve tried store brand powder and liquid. It worked but I always had a number of items each load that had to be washed again. Then I received a tub of high quality dishwasher tabs in the mail in exchange for reviewing them. They worked better than anything I had ever used previously. I’ll never go back to cheaper methods.
This one is for my husband. He is on his feet all day and it around brush, trees, equipment, etc. Cheap work shoes only last him a month or two and tend to not be very comfortable. I do try to buy them on sale but frankly, when he needs them, he needs them. There’s very little waiting until they go on sale.
There are also a few things I just plain will not pay full price for and will wait until the item is cheaper. Here are some of those items.
It is rare that we have to buy an electronic item immediately. Instead, we will wait until we find a great deal on the item in store or on ebay. The laptop I am currently using was purchased on ebay.
It is seriously quite rare that I’ll pay full price for an article of clothing. Clothes go on sale so often. That combined with consignment and thrift stores means that I rarely ever pay full price. Obviously, the exception is things like underwear and socks.
Anything that is purchased for fun like toys, books, movies, etc. can wait until they can be found cheaper. These are not important enough to pay full price for. Most books are just borrowed from the library and most movies we rent from Redbox. When we find one of those items that we would like to own, we keep an eye out for a great deal.
What items are you willing to pay full price for and which ones do you wait for a deal?