Is a Sale Really a Sale, Price Tag Meanings
How can you tell if you’re getting the lowest price?
Those of us who have worked in the retail business know when a sale is really a sale. There are sales and then there are real sales. Living on a fixed income and having expensive tastes, I am always looking for ways to stretch my money. Of course sometimes it is a waiting game; however, it is well worth the wait. For example I wanted this dress but the price was one hundred dollars. I waited a few months the price came down to fifty-nine dollars. That is still more than I could afford. In a month the new fall fashions came out and this same dress was now thirty- nine dollars. I saved nearly seventy dollars on a hundred dollar dress.
The price tag game
Whether we like it or not there are sales and then there are real sales going on right in the stores we shop at every day. It is called price tag coding.(https://www.business.time.com ) for example:
- · Wholesale clubs: if the price on the tag ends with 97 the item is on sale. Look for an asterisk (*) in the right corner of the tag.
- · Clothing stores: if the price tag ends with a 7 the item is usually on sale, or if it ends in 15, 30, 50, 75, even 90 it is priced at the lowest price.
- · Other stores use 0, 9, or 7 as the markdown price code. (https://www.comsumerist.com)
There are ways to save even on fruits and vegetables at the supermarket. The freshest produce are not only healthier for us but can cost half as much as the repackaged vegetables. I save a lot on my meats simply by shopping a little earlier than everyone else. Meat that is packaged before midnight it put on sale a few minutes after midnight. For example: I bought two nice T-bone steaks for seven dollars instead of ten dollars; a three dollar saving. People tell me all the time they cannot afford ground round so they buy “hamburger” instead of the more expensive ground round; however, the hamburger is, in reality the more per pound than the ground round. Hamburger fries up leaving more grease in the frying pan.