At the moment, I always want to get the most for my money. If I am paying for an item, I always think
1. Can I get it cheaper somewhere else, and am I saving money by taking the cheaper option?
(e.g. if a bike is £100, at the shop down the road, but £95 a 20 mile drive away, it is better to buy it for £100)
2. Am I getting my money's worth?
Is it really worth it for the money.
3. Could I increase my money's return?
This for me is the big question over the last 6 months and it has made me ever so slightly obsessed.
An example, the foundation I bought on Friday.
By buying the bottle from House of Fraser I saved £2.45 and got 5 freebies with it, plus some loyalty points. Much better than going to Boots to only get my loyalty points or buying it online.
I was thinking about this today, as my mother asked me to pick up a present for The Chap. I paid for it and duly handed over my loyalty card to get the points. I also then completed the competition to win Sheskpeare tickets and chose the free gift of a notepad with matching pen. Did I mention I bought it today as there was 20% off?
Such total obsessive behaviour can amuse those around me as I constantly struggle for a loyalty card, or bring out a voucher. But it DOES save money and give me free things.
Do not misunderstand, yes I have a Boots, House of Fraser, Tesco, and Subway loyalty card, but I do not blindly go to those stores to get my purchases. I price check and if one of those establishments has the best deal, then I also get my points to use at a later date.
If I forget lunch one day, well at least I am getting something 'extra' for the money I do spend.
I also love a voucher/ coupon, often using one means I can have a treat or make my money last longer, or even better get something free!
Currently I am sitting on these
The voucher at the back for Frankie and Benny's I printed off today, we are going tomorrow night as it is not valid from Good Friday to Easter Monday. It should cover a third of our bill.
Even If I am not sure I always grab a coupon, then every month I bin anything out of date. But, I also check them every time I do have to shop.
It saved me quite a bit, once I got over my middle class sensibilities about vouchers.
Now I do not care, I hand them over and wander off happy in the knowledge
1) If i had to buy it at least I had some points back
2) It reduced my shopping bill which means I can pay more of the debt back.
This is extreme couponing "Abigail Style". Ha!
Do you go shopping with a coupon / voucher or loyalty card always in hand?