Tuesday, June 7, 2011

An easy tip on saving money...switch aisles!

My husband taught me one very simple trick on saving money without coupons: switch the aisle you are shopping in.

We went shopping for some pet food bowls at the store. We first went to the pet aisle, where an extra large stainless steel pet food bowl was $15. We then went to the baking aisle, and purchased an extra large mixing bowl for $5. Same product, different label.
I was reminded of this fact just this morning at the grocery store. I was looking at some organic coconut oil in the bath and body section. I have been wanting to try some out as a natural conditioner and moisturizer. At $14.99 for 8 ounces, I skipped that purchase.

I went down a few aisles to the organic packaged food section, and came across a jar of organic coconut oil. It had simple cooking directions, along with a few tips to use as a bath and body product. The price? $8.99 for 14 ounces.

I didn't buy either at the grocery store, because I bought this one instead. The price is $5.94 with the subscribe and save (you can cancel the subscription after your item is shipped).

Another item I have noticed a huge difference in price is sunblock.

Infant mineral sunscreen: $40 here or you can buy Physicians Formula SPF 50 healthy wear powder for $8.95. These have the same active ingredients, the makeup version is just cheaper. If you have coupons, you can often purchase the Physicians Formula at Target for about $8.

*I realize the Physicians Formula is not made for children, but here's how I see it: I would rather have something that I can easily put onto my children's faces to provide sun protection, then to use a lotion sunblock that I would not be able to put on thoroughly, or that they might get into their eyes or mouth. I use a makeup brush, and swipe it down their faces and across their noses before we head out the door.

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What items have you noticed are marketed in two different categories, with different prices?

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