First, do your homework and find out as much as you can about the object, that you're in the market for. Before you can spot a good deal on something, you have to know the ongoing rate for it in the marketplace, and if there are different versions of it, you need to know what is it exactly that you want.
Sometimes being willing to sacrifice or compromise, can result in forking over less money for pretty much the same amount of enjoyment. Thanks to the Internet, the competition for buyers has become particularly intense, and with the wealth of information available online, it becomes all the more difficult for him to choose.
Vacations may seem daunting because of the inherent costs of entertainment away from home, and especially now that prices at the pump continue to go up. One of the nation's foremost experts on penny-pinching, talk radio host Clark Howard, says that the ever-increasing price of gasoline doesn't mean you have to forgo a vacation altogether.
Things like envelopes, paper plates, candies, party items, toys, disposables are cheaper in dollar stores. You may be surprised that many stores have nice picture frames, clothing, hardware, kitchen appliances, furniture. You lose nothing by checking them, and you might be lucky to discover a spot to save money.
Finally, be smart. Something is on sale doesn't mean you have to buy ten of them if you only need one. And with today's gasoline prices, be careful not to be "penny wise and pound foolish," as the old saying goes. If you drive to the other side of town to save 25 cents on a 6-pack of soda, that takes a gallon of gas to drive, you're not saving money.
Although the big warehouse stores offer great savings when you buy things in bulk, they also sell items in quantities and sizes that are remarkably different from those sold in other stores. You may need to take a calculator with you and calculate the price per ounce, or per packet/carton/can, to be sure you really are getting a good deal.
Although our society is the most materialistic ever, we also have more choices than ever - and more ways than ever to save money and get a great bargain, on just about anything.