Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Toosdae ?'s

Apartment update: The utility company has no record of past bills because he just switched from oil to gas. Because of this, I told him that I couldn't commit to living somewhere when I had no idea what it will cost. He wrote back saying he'd find the oil bills to show me and that he'd commit to paying anything over $350 during the winter months. This is the type of man he is. Very kind, very accommodating, which is another reason I'd like to live there. I'm going to call the gas company back today to see if they are able to do the yearly plan (where they space it out over the year) even without a history. If they can, I might just do this.

1. Which is most important for you when purchasing from a store advertising a sale? A percentage off the item, buy one get on free type of sale or a percentage off a future purchase?

2. You see something in a store that your really want (like a HDMI splitter) but it is very expensive and not in your budget (but you have the money to purchase it). How easy is it for you to talk yourself OUT of buying that item?

3. Do you try clothes on in the store or wait until you get home and return it if they don't fit?

1. Because it's typically a % off, I'd say that's my choice, however I love a good BOGO sale and usually take a second glance at things when I see that.

2. Right now it's really easy to talk myself out of things because I want to have money for future events. However, if I see a great deal on something I've needed for a long time, it's usually harder to walk away.

3. I always try them on. If I don't have time to, I try do come back another day and pray the clothes are still there.

16 comments:

Brian in Mpls said...

1.) I never buy on price alone I only buy on value.

2.) Yes

3.) Buy then try

Star8278 said...

1. Which is most important for you when purchasing from a store advertising a sale? A percentage off the item, buy one get on free type of sale or a percentage off a future purchase?

Percentage off the item. It's usually the best deal. Buy One get one's are basically a 50% off sale, but what if you don't need 2. And future sales don't really work because I never remember to go back and use them.

2. You see something in a store that your really want but it is very expensive and not in your budget (but you have the money to purchase it). How easy is it for you to talk yourself OUT of buying that item? Its not easy. But it really depends on the item. I rarely actually have the money for an item like that. Usually its money for gas or food in my hand. I would try to find it on ebay or somewhere at a sizable discount, if I can't then I probably would get it eventually.

3. Do you try clothes on in the store or wait until you get home and return it if they don't fit? It depends on the store. Some stores I absolutely despise their dressing rooms and will risk it. Other's I don't mind so much. It also depends on how much time I have when I find the clothes.

Lois Grebowski said...

1. What Brian said...
2. I'm weak...very weak.
3. Both just depends on timing.

Hate clothes shopping with a passion! Love grocery shopping and household shopping.

Gee, that guy is nice...

paige said...

1) A percentage off the price is more attractive to me.
2) I am not very good at talking myself out of buying things. If I see something I really want and I have the money for it, I buy it.
3)I usually try stuff on at home. I am more comfortable there and can try it on with accessories I would wear the item with.

Clancy in Idaho said...

1- If I'm reading an ad from a store, I won't actually go there on purpose unless the ad is at least 50% off. Buy one get one free.... what Star said. Future purchase... never remember. Hate it when they do that, in fact. I generally try NOT to look at ads or go to stores. What I don't know can't hurt me! ;)

2- Depending on what it is, I am the master of talking myself out of it... especially if it's very expensive. If it's cheap, I'm a thousand times more likely to impulse buy... like most everyone else, probably.

3- I'm a little of both. I can usually tell by looking at things if they'll fit me or not, particularly jeans. But I mostly try things on in the store. Shirts I'm more likely to just buy and run if I'm in a hurry. But, as stated previously, "I generally try NOT to look at ads or go to stores. What I don't know can't hurt me! ;)"

Kat said...

1) Percentage of the price. I can still buy two and feel good about it :)

2)Actually very good at talking myself out of it because I love saving money.

3) I always try them on because I am too lazy to return stuff that doesn't fit or I don't like unless the store's dressing room has a crappy mirror. Then I might take a few items home with me.

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FRIGGA said...

1. Generally I prefer a % discount so I don't feel pressured to buy more than I need.

2. I've been poor for so long now that I don't even consider the "finer things" - food in my belly is just way more important than "stuff"

3. I almost always try it on in the stores. Otherwise I'm wasting more time and money in gas. Plus, I don't really like shopping too much. The only thing that gets me to walk into a mall is knowing I'll treat myself to a fried cheese on a stick :-0...

Happy Toosdae!! :0

mauniejames3 said...

Oh mags...
i. I enjoy a % off also

2. I'm a horrible shopoholic...spelled that wrong...anyhow in order to save my marriage I gave all my credit cards to hubby and he paid them off but I can never, never have another one again.

I do have a debit card and I am getting better but still...I am trying to just stay out of stores for awhile...glup...if I see something I want for myself or for my girls...I am putty

3. Sometimes I try things on but I prefer to take stuff home and try it.

Mo said...

If they can't do a monthly plan, they should be able to do a square-footage analysis or something for you --- surely they can help. It's good that your landlord is willing to work with you on this!

1. As a store owner, I'm interested in reading all these answers!
Right now I have a BOGO sale going on and you would be AMAZED at how many people I have to define BOGO for!!!
Remember - in a BOGO, if both items are the same price, then a Buy One Get One FREE BOGO is actually 50% OFF each item. A Buy One Get One 50% OFF BOGO is actually 25% OFF each item.

2. Well, right now, bills have to come first so I can talk myself out of stuff now.

3. Since there are no appropriate clothing stores near me, I tend to do more mail-ordering of clothing than I ever thought I'd do. I've had some successes with it (my cool hoodie) and some not-so-great stories (a button that flew off the first time shorts were worn, a busted zipper on a pair of jeans).

Liz said...

1. % off are the sales I usually gravitate towards. The grocery store I shop at has good Buy 1 Get 2 free sales quite often. The only issue is that most of the things you can get 3 for the price of 1 are pretty unhealthy. But every now and again they hit my grocery list just right!

2. I ask myself..."Do I need this or do I want it" If the answer is want...I do a quick budget check to see if I can get it.

3. I always try them on. I hate to make a trip because I was stupid and didn't try them on...a waste of gas!

Ivanhoe said...

1. I look for buy one get one free type of a deal or a budle deal like 5 for $5...
2. I just tell myself I don't need that and move one.
3. I used to buy and try at home. Now I don't have a time to drive back and forward to the store... Heck, I don't even go clothes shopping anymore :o) That has to change!

Linda said...

1. Definitely not a percentage off of a future purchase, if I'm going to buy something and save money then I want to save it NOW!!

2. I have gotten better about talking myself out of things that I want but don't need but that's probably because expendable income is an unheard of thing for me!

3. Dressing rooms are the equivalent of the 7th Level of Hell so I avoid them at all costs! All those mirrors??? Heck no! I try stuff on at home and if it doesn't fit then I take it back.

Bond said...

1. I guess it depends upon the cost of the item...but BOGO is always cool

2. Eassy...NOT not at all if the cash is in my pocket

3. In the store

Marilyn said...

1. I'm so obsessive that I've priced all the stuff I usually buy at every grocery store in town so that I know when I'm getting a good deal. My overall bill, measured by this method, is cheapest at Wal Mart, so that's where I shop. Mostly it seems like they mark stuff up to mark it back down and I don't want to fall for that. If I had more time I could cruise the other shops for loss leaders, but I'm kind of a busy person.

2. I remind myself that the computer won't work if they turn off the electricity. It keeps me from spending frivolously 95% of the time.

3. I try them on. I'm too lazy to bring things back, and besides, most of the nicest stuff I own was found at thrift shops in Denver. They don't take things back.

Travis said...

1. I actually don't pay that much attention. But I guess I'd have to say that I would care for percentage off a future purchase. I never know when I need to buy something, so I want all savings on the current purchase.

2. If I want it, and I can afford it, there's no need to try and talk myself out of it.

3. I know my sizes, so stuff usually fits. But I will briefly try something at home before I de-tag it and put it in the washer. You can't return it if you wash it.