Chintzy here again folks, with a little deals public service education to help you get a little more product and leave a little less money on the local retailers counter.
Chintzy does 90% better than your favorite local discount retailer
If you're a regular reader of Chintzy's, then no doubt you are familiar with the Big Box Discount Chains near you, or maybe you even combine your shopping, go a little further, and shop at the even cheaper discount stores if you don't happen to live nearby.
If you are one such deal hunter, Chintzy approves. But sometimes, there are great deals close to home, and simply as yet undiscovered. Sometimes to sniff out the deals all it takes is an open mind and the willingness to have a look in that storefront.
To attract Chintzy's attention, it's big splashy savings
Did that get your attention? If you want to see savings on the order of 90% off prices that you would expect to be fair to begin with, then read on, good reader.
As you already know, finding the best deals is a process that goes on continuously. If you know your items, and what the ballpark price that they sell for is, then you can evaluate at any moment if another retailer has a better price. Once you've narrowed it down to a few favorite stores, it's usually safe to relax a little and not have to price check every single purchase. At least you can usually avoid being overcharged too badly this way. It's always good to be ready to investigate a second opinion though -- that discount store you thought you were able to trust for the best price on anything and everything just might not be as good as you thought on every single item in the store.
So without further ado let's get to the savings! For your consideration, a selection of personal care products. If these in particular do not interest you, have faith -- this is simply illustrative of the savings available, and armed with this knowledge you can sniff out your own savings on products that suit.
Here's our lineup of products from the incumbent Big Box Discount Chain whom shall not be named to keep things simple at Chintzy headquarters. Cease and desist letters are so tiresome, after all.
If you recognize the photography, let's keep that between Chintzy and yourself. And remember, these products were picked because they illustrate the savings in a dramatic manner, so don't limit yourself by assuming its only about these products -- no, it's the knowledge that better deals can be had. Sometimes better deals even than your trusted and normally price-trustworthy local favorite retailer.
So, the trick to this deal is, one can't be afraid to dive in and have a look, even places that one may think aren't of high quality. The quality is not always, in fact, not often, determined by where it is sold. The quality is simply a property of the particular item. Dollar Stores are one place that Chintzy finds sometimes puts off deal hunters who would otherwise be sniffing out the cheapest purchases with the best of them. Something about the dollar store branding (and perhaps, the fact that dollar store merchandise can be a bit of a lottery) puts people off coming in the door, as "too cheap". Yes, you heard that right. Let's have a look at the savings at the dollar store.
Is 90% savings for indistinguishable products "too cheap"? Well if you decide not to take advantage at least you'll know what you are getting for that extra money - branding, advertising, blue aprons and marketing. What Chintzy notices though, is that buying branding and marketing and advertising, doesn't actually fill the cupboard.
Chintzy's testers report these products indistinguishable in quality and function from the 'real thing' sold at more expensive prices. As you can tell for yourself , in most cases even the packaging is eerily similar. Are these products shameless fakes, or are they rebranded items from the same manufacturer? Chintzy wasn't able to uncover that information. But what we do know, now, is that writing off potential sources of deals by not having a look every so often in the Dollar Store or Liquidation type stores can cost you big!
Reconsider your assumptions, good reader, and you may just find a pot of gold where you least expected it!
Until next time.
Good deals to you,