I like to restock my household items at the hyper or supermarket. There was a time when I didn\’t think much about money and didn\’t care about the price of things. I just tried to stick to the rough budget I set for the month. But after a while after I changed jobs, I took a pay cut. I had to do more calculations on what to buy to make ends meet with less money.
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I had a colleague who carefully studied promotional flyers. She practically only shopped at sales. I, too, began to take an interest in sales. Like most women, I like to shop, and I have no problem going to more than one store if I know I can get what I need for less. At first, I bought several pieces of each type of sale item, and consequently saved nothing. But then I discovered that discount promotions on the same product (e.g. butter) were offered at several supermarkets in a row, and I no longer had to “cisplain” many of them. My husband laughed at first when he saw me “burying” myself in flyers, pen in hand, writing down where and what was a bargain. When I pointed out that he could buy his favorite fine coffee for 60 kroner cheaper or imported ice cream for 80 kroner cheaper, he admitted that there was something to these promotions. Now and then he is tempted by discounts. For example, before Christmas he bought his favorite Pilsner beer at a bargain. Calculating how much the same number of beers would cost if he bought them at the regular price, he saved more than 500 kroner.
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My financial situation has improved, but I still subscribe to and follow the leaflet. Why pay more for the same product if I don\’t have to pay more for it? In fact, I enjoy shopping twice: once when I read the leaflet and the second time when I buy the item in the store. The only thing that ruins my shopping experience is when I find an empty gap on the shelf instead of a sale item. Fortunately, most stores do not allow this to happen.