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In most of the world, it is the end of summer and therefore the time for end of season sales. This week I ask you to talk about the items you like to buy on sale.
Ah, shopping, not in my top ten favourite things to do at the best of times, but…………..
When it comes to food shopping, I am always on the lookout for discounted items or special offers. Sometimes you really have to look for them though as they are not always on the shelf you’d think they’d be.
Stock cubes were one such item: a box of 12 for £1, a box of 18 for £1.50 and a box of 24 for £2.30. Further along and two shelves down were the same stock cubes on special offer, 2 packs of 24 for £2.50. I bought 4.
I have never been one to follow fashion or spend a lot on clothes, but when tee shirts are £3 each or two for a fiver, I usually take advantage.
I wear trainers all the time and the last pair I bought were in the sale at 25% off. The assistant also gave us an added 15% off, so I did very well on that too!
Maya’s food is quite expensive at £40 for a 12kg sack which will last her about four weeks. I get regular messages for a discount and as delivery is free, it can be quite a saving. I have a voucher at the moment for 20% off, so I shall be buying three sacks this time.
We have to replace ours and it is unlikely to be a cheap deal, so we shall be shopping around. Sometimes you can get one on special offer and save a hundred pounds, but when you take into account delivery, that can soon be eaten up.
Washing Machine Salesmen and I have a history…….. (read here)
The purchase of my Peugeot 206 in 2005 has to be the Bargain of the Century.
The garage had a promotion on diesel vehicles and were including things like air conditioning as standard. We had two 11 month old Altos going against it and when the sums were done, it would cost me just over four grand (original price £12,300).
I told the salesman if he could make it a round four thousand, I’d write him a cheque there and then. You’ve never seen a guy do recalculations so fast, and sure enough he managed to lose those extra couple of hundred pounds. However, I wasn’t finished.
I was already going to get a year’s fully comprehensive insurance, plus 3 years membership to the RAC as part of the package, but I asked for a full tank of fuel plus a year’s road tax rather than the offered 6 months. He agreed (obviously not wishing to lose the sale and his commission) and I then asked about mats. He was adamant that I would have to pay for those, at something like £100 for the set. He made the mistake of saying there were some cheaper ones for about £25, so I told him that as they were so cheap he could afford to throw them in as part of the deal. I got them.
As soon as we got home though, the phone was ringing and it was the garage. I asked if the deal was off, but he said as I’d bought a diesel vehicle, I was also entitled to £400 cash back!
It’s doubtful he made any money on this one and I think I heard gentle sobbing in the background when we hung up.
Ten years later I sold it to a car supermarket after getting it through it’s MOT (it had failed for the first time ever) and got just over £1500 for it as the mileage was so low.