It is often the case that we want to look for bargains so that we can spend less. We might want to send less money so that we do not have to borrow money or because we want to save some money or to get more things for our money. However, bargain hunting may not be as easy as we think. There are places we could try, but we need to be careful that we are not led to believe things are cheap when they may still be cheaper elsewhere.

Charity shops

You would tend to assume that if you went into a charity shop and bought anything that it would be the cheapest place to buy that item. However, the first thing to note is that sometimes not all items are second hand. They might sell new items as well and these will be priced at normal prices so you might be able to get these cheaper elsewhere. You may also find that even some of the second hand items might be cheaper elsewhere. For example, there might be an item of clothing that is a much lower price than you could buy it new, but because of the brand, it might be cheaper to buy a new item of clothing for less money from a cheaper brand. You may also find that they sometimes have items priced more highly because they are antiquarian or vintage.

Cheap shops

Some shops are known as being cheaper than others. They advertise themselves as being cheaper and overall their prices tend to be lower. However, it is worth being cautious when shopping at this sort of place. Sometimes the reason that the items are cheaper is because you are not buying so much or the quality is not so good. It has even been found that some of the items might be fake. It is wise to make sure that you do not just shop there because you assume the items are cheap, but you compare the prices and make sure that you are condiment that you are paying less for them.


You would be forgiven for assuming that if you see items on sale then you will save money. You will think that as they are reduced then they will cost you less than they would have cost at full price. Of course, this is correct and it can be a great way to save money. However, there could also be problems with this. Many of us can be tempted to buy things because they are on sale and we can see that they are cheaper so feel that they will be saving us money. However, we only save money if we buy something we were going to buy anyway and it is cheaper. If we buy something we did not need or want, then it is not cheaper, as if we did not buy it, we would have spent nothing on it. So try not to be tempted to buy ‘bargains’ just because they are cheap but buy things cheaper if you were going to buy them anyway and then you will save money.


Sometimes buying online can be cheaper than buying in shops. There are varying reasons for this but it can mean that it is worth comparing prices from online products compared with high street shops. Of course, the decline in high streets is due to more and more people shopping online, which could mean that you will risk the closure of your local shops if you do this. You may not mind of course; it depends on whether you feel that saving the money is more important. Do make sure you account or the postage though. If you can walk to a shop and buy the item then it might cost less than if you buy it at a cheaper ticket price online but have to pay postage. Look at this carefully before you buy.

So, it is wise to be very careful when shopping. The places that would seem to have the very best bargains can sometimes be misleading. Make sure that you do compare the quantity and quality as well as the price to ensure you are comparing like for like when deciding which is the cheapest. Also try to make sure that you are not tempted to buy things just because they look like great bargains. We can easily be fooled by this and we need to stay focussed on making sure that we are only buying the things that we really need and not using the fact that things are cheap as an excuse to spend more money than we can afford. It is tricky, but if you make sure that you are focussed on buying what you need and still compare prices with other retailers even if you think you have found the cheapest, this should help.

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