Many people make the mistake in buying items solely on price. I would like to share some frugal tips to help you save money and give you peace of mind.
- Plan your purchases. Impulse buying is still very popular, but still very costly. Comparison shop with various stores. Check out promotions and deals.
- Product Reviews. Read what others have to say about the product and really take this to heart. People love to share information. Those stars are not there just for show. Click on the product reviews and study them. Some people may post bad reviews based on their personal preference or negative experiences with a product. Read the reviews carefully. If most of them are bad, then use caution. Of course, you must make your own personal decision on whether you want to purchase the product.
- Manufacturer Websites. Visit their sites to see whether ongoing support is available. I bought a 42 inch TV because it was on sell for $348, but when I need support for the item, there was none available. Check this especially when purchasing large ticket items like TVs, Computers, etc.
- Proper Care. Read instruction manuals. Yes, I know, I know. They can seem like such a bore, but they really do have information that is useful. Keep them in a safe place. They contain serial numbers, customer support addresses and phone numbers, warranty and product care information.