Friends, I live for the thrill of a great bargain. When I find one I am usually able to discern whether it is indeed a good deal or not. Just because something has a sale sign on it does not mean it is a bargain.

In the course of one week any one department store can run 2 to 3 different sales. Each sale can list the same item at a different price. You need to pay close attention to the percentage off from sale to sale and the coupons and savings passes offered.

Friends, I live for the thrill of a great bargain. When I find one I am usually able to discern whether it is indeed a good deal or not. Just because something has a sale sign on it does not mean it is a bargain.

In the course of one week any one department store can run 2 to 3 different sales. Each sale can list the same item at a different price. You need to pay close attention to the percentage off from sale to sale and the coupons and savings passes offered.

In grocery and discount department stores marketers take advantage of the end caps. They move most of the inventory off the regular shelf and stack it with a splashy sale sign in hopes that the customer will rush to purchase the item. At times the featured item may not be on sale at all. It is amazing how many consumers just assume it is a good deal without even doing their math.

Scan the ads, watch for sales and know the retail and sale prices of the items you regularly purchase. You need to be a well informed consumer. After all, a bargain is not always a bargain. For now happy shopping!

Laurie, TheBag Lady