Shopping and still saving on products is often possible

Everyone usually has to shop once a week. Not because it is fun, but mainly because food, drinks and household products have to be brought in. People have to do the necessary shopping in the supermarkets and clothes, shoes, personal care products and cleaning products also have to be stocked up from time to time. For those who are not well off, this is a weekly torture, but it does not always have to be that way. It can even become a sport to be able to purchase maximum value of the necessary items at a minimum price. This is especially important in families with children. However, a number of important things need to be taken into account.

No “no-no” sticker on the door, because then you will miss the offers

First of all, take that sticker off the door. Of course, you will receive a lot of paper that you cannot do anything with, but all that advertising material often contains real offers. Especially after New Year’s Eve and during intense competitive periods, you as a customer can often benefit from this. Even stores that are closing are usually willing to get rid of the last item for a small price. However, if you have a sticker on the door, you will often not receive those offers.

Read advertising brochures

Those who are not very well off would do well to look up the offers every week when drawing up their shopping list. Therefore, always read all advertising brochures with offers. This way you can often compare the prices of the same products at different supermarkets. You must pay close attention, because not all offers are beneficial. There are often flashy offers of, for example, caster sugar or chocolate sprinkles, but you only discover later that not only the price, but also the quantity contained in the pack, has dropped. You usually pay more per 100 grams than was previously the case.

Shopping in different supermarkets

You often have to go to a few different supermarkets to get the offers. This can save you money, but only if you stick to your shopping list drawn up at home during those visits. After all, if you take something extra with you from each store, it will cost you more at the end of the trip than if you had only stocked up in one place. So you have to be careful and keep yourself in check.

It is best to pay in cash when shopping

Just before doing the weekly shopping, withdraw your household money from the bank and make sure that it will last you that week. Pay for all groceries in cash. Also the smaller groceries and any extras such as flowers for a sick person. This way you know exactly what you are spending and you will not be faced with any surprises at the end of the month. When the amount is gone, it’s gone. After a few weeks you will know exactly what a week’s worth of groceries will cost you and you can count on a fixed amount.

Go shopping only once a week

It is wise to only buy household groceries once a week. At most, keep some money on hand to buy some fresh vegetables, sandwiches for Sunday or fresh sandwich meat. Find out which groceries are the cheapest at which supermarket and make lists that you check regularly. Don’t just look at the price, but also at the content, because this is often manipulated.


Sometimes a pack of caster sugar, chocolate sprinkles or something else suddenly contains less content when it is listed as an offer in the brochure. Cartons or bottles of drinks can also participate. It is therefore wise to view the advertisement carefully.

House brands are still often cheaper

House brands from various supermarkets are often cheaper than the A-brands. They often taste the same and usually come from the same manufacturer. Always check the information. However, always try them out. If the product is not manufactured in the same place and it tastes less good than the branded product, it is probably also prepared differently. The quality may then be different.

Cheap stores help you save on purchases

For your other products, occasionally visit the “Action”, Een-Euro store, Accent, the Europshopper or other stores that offer all kinds of different products for a low price. Their products often come from bankruptcies and purchases. There’s usually nothing wrong with it, but it can be a good bet if you need some home textiles, small household products, cleaning supplies, and the like. Toys and craft materials are also often for sale at a very low price.

Zeeman, Wibra and Kruidvat

You can also go to Zeeman and Wibra to save money on household textiles, cleaning products and small household products. Be careful and only take with you what you were really looking for, otherwise you will come home with more than you need and your wallet will suffer as a result. Also pay attention to the quality of the products. However, you can often buy quality products at a discounted price in those stores. A box of LEGO can sometimes even be two euros cheaper at Kruidvat than at Blokker.

Shopping on sale for clothes and shoes

Buy clothes and shoes on clearance. Be careful, because then much less good material is sold, but sometimes you can still make a good deal. Also, first consider at home what you need and what you want to look for, so that you do not take home more than necessary.

Clothing and shoes of inferior quality

For the sale, batches of clothing and shoes are often made that are made of a lesser material. These often break more quickly or are not colourfast. It is therefore important that you check the quality and not just the price when going on sale. In addition, higher quality clothing items are often offered for sale, which were not easily sold due to the wrong size, too high a price or that have simply remained in the store for too long and are now no longer really fashionable.

Furnishings, lighting, etc

Always check the thrift store or marketplace for this. Especially after Sinterklaas and Christmas, many new products are offered on the internet that you can buy at a much lower price than in the store. These are often gifts that someone has received, but that have not been appreciated by that person. You can also often find new items of clothing here.

Do not transfer large sums of money

Be careful and do not transfer too much money. It is better to collect expensive items yourself for a fee. In the thrift store you can sometimes pick up beautiful table lamps and the like for a bargain price. This sometimes also works at fairs and flea markets.

Don’t order too much via the internet

Paying with a credit card is easy, but dangerous for those who quickly fall for an offer. Buying with cash is better because you can see what you are spending. Small payments with a credit card in particular are quickly forgotten and at the end of the month you will receive a negative surprise when the bank statement arrives.

Compare prices of products at various stores

If you want to buy something on the internet, first go to a site where you can compare prices for the product in question. After all, internet shops also look around and adjust their prices to their competitors and to the sales of their products. In addition to this, an additional amount is regularly charged for shipping. In the long run, it is sometimes more expensive than if you buy the same product in your local store.

Internal prices can also differ considerably

If a product sells well in their online store, the price often increases. You can use comparison sites to see where you can buy the same product cheaper. Be careful, because if the difference in price is too great, there is usually something wrong with the offer. Then don’t respond, no matter how tempting it is.

Impulse purchases are often wrong purchases

Avoid impulse purchases. These often turn out to be unnecessary afterwards. Always distance yourself from the more expensive items and sleep on it. Think carefully about whether you actually need the product. Above all, don’t be pushed into a corner by a salesperson who tells you that you need to make a quick decision because otherwise the product will be sold out or because other interested parties are already on your doorstep. Those are sales pitches.

Buy with consultation

Impulse purchases are often wrong purchases. You usually come home with something that you didn’t actually need, or that, on second thought, is not really your color or taste. Purchasing with consultation ensures that your income is spent wisely.

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