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?

I don’t get it

no-saleLast night, I went to Big Y (a local grocery store chain with stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts) because they were having the Buy 1, Get 2 free sale. I love the B1G2 sale. I picked up 3 dozen eggs for 2.19. I got 4 lbs of ground turkey for $5. I got 3 lbs of pasta for 1.69. Everything I bought was onsale. Even the milk. In all, I got over $140 worth of groceries for less than $65. Saving more than 50% on my food bill makes me a very happy camper for the week.

So I’m standing in the dairy section, by the eggs and this woman walks right past the store brand large brown eggs that are B1G2 to buy the store brand white eggs that are not on sale. She even looked at the sale sign then looked at the eggs I was purchasing and kept on with her white eggs. It’s times like these that I want to take my fellow shopper and shake her. She really didn’t seem to be budget conscious at all, because after getting the eggs she bought refrigerated cookie dough, also not on sale. Many times I will say something to someone if they are buying a product and there is something identical on sale right next to it. I’ve even been known to give out coupons in the isles but I get a lot of strange looks from people since this is Connecticut and all. I think it’s Connecticut state law that you aren’t allowed to be friendly to people in a retail environment. So I just went on my merry way, annoyed with people who completely ignore sales. When I got to the cashier, the front end manager was explaining to a woman how the buy 1, get 2 free sale works. “If you purchase three of an item, you’ll get two of them free, but if you only purchase one of the item, it’s full price,” she explained. Is it that hard to understand? Really?

The cashiers are always amazed when I walk out of a sale like this. I’m not really sure why since most things I bought were at least buy 1 get 1 free and I had a bunch of coupons. I guess that’s why they call them loss leaders. Most people are lead into the store by them and then buy a ton of other stuff. I just buy the loss leaders and call it a day. Jeff was laughing at me as I mumbled something under my breath about paying full price for eggs.

Am I the only person that reacts like this? I can’t be the only crazy one at the grocery store. Someone tell me I’m not the only one. Please?


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