Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Stick to the List!

Have you ever noticed when you go to the mall that every store is having a massive sale. What luck, you just happened to be there during a blow-out sale while you were getting a new tube of toothpaste. Coincidence? I think not. All the stores always have sale marketing campaigns to lure you in to check out their "great deals".

This happens not only at malls but at just about every retail establishment. For example, when you go to a discount garage to get your oil changed, and the next thing you know the mechanic gets you to buy the complete muffler king package. So when you head out to do some shopping keep in mind that you will be bombarded with advertising and that retailers will be constantly trying to upsell you. Being upsold is like being asked if you want to get your fries and drink supersized at McDonald's (which they don't do anymore after that documentary, "Super Size Me").

The best way to avoid being upsold and unnecessary spending is to have a grocery/shopping list in hand before you head out. Once you have a list, stick by it. While wandering through the mall you'll probably see some extra widgets, but try to stay focused and remember the reason you came in the first place. The last thing you want to do is leave the mall with a bunch of sham-wows and slap chops. Make a list and stick by it, you'll save tons by doing it!

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