When a sale is not a deal

Every week, I go through all the grocery sales to see which store I’m going to shop at this week. One store had a 5/$20 meat sale. As I started looking through the “sales” I noticed that this was a pretty crappy deal. One pound of boneless chicken or one pound of ground beef. At 5/$20, we are talking $4 per pound. I don’t know about you but I don’t spend more than $2.25 for chicken or ground beef, so the idea of paying $4 a pound makes my head hurt. This may be a sale but it’s not a deal.

Another example of this is Connecticut’s “Sales tax holiday week.” This sounds great right? Well, a bit of background… The sales tax holiday only applies to clothes. Connecticut currently has no sales tax on any piece of clothing $75 or less. The holiday increases this exemption to $300 per piece of clothing during the holiday week. What I want to know is who is buying $300 pieces of clothing? Remember, this is not per purchase, this is per PIECE of clothing. I don’t even pay more than $50 for a coat. My last jacket was a $225 Lane Bryant leather jacket which after sales, discounts and coupons, I paid about $47 for. Connecticut advertises this sales tax holiday like crazy as if we are all getting an awesome deal. Most people aren’t going to save a dime from this program. NO DEAL!

When shopping make sure things are actually a good deal. This is where one of those little price notebooks comes in handy. Write down the lowest normal price you find commonly used items for. That way when you find things on sale, you can refer to your little notebook to see if it’s actually a good deal.

This week the grocery store sales suck so I’ll being going down to the PriceRite to pick up some staples. I’m starting to run low on a few things.

Do you come across things like this in your travels? What crappy sales have you seen lately?