Service of Price
February 7th, 2013
I am sometimes surprised at how prices can range so crazily. I recently saved $45 on four purchases-plus $70/month on a phone bill–without going crazy or racing around from place to place. More now than ever, it’s worthwhile to pay attention when shopping. [We don't live near any of the mega discount stores like Costco or Sam's Club--wish we did.]
Take fresh cherries in February. In Grand Central Station’s ground floor food court they cost $12.99 lb. At my favorite fruit stand on Second Avenue and 49th Street I pay $5 for two pounds-he always gives me a few extra ounces. Note: In super cold weather the fruit man isn’t there and Grand Central’s fruit people are. So we switch to ice cream.
Haagen-Dazs generally costs $5 a pint, though I paid $6 for two the other day.
My husband takes four Culturelle tablets a day. This over the counter probiotic costs $30 for 30 at Walgreens, $23.99 at CVS in Poughkeepsie, and a dollar more in NYC. The chain often sends 25 percent discount coupons, bringing down the price to $18. That’s what Target charges unless it’s on special for $16.
Paper towel, detergent, soap, wine–there are all sorts of products with dizzyingly divergent prices but the most incredible savings happened in my office: Verizon Home Connect. [The name is a misnomer. They should work on that.] I moved from my landline Verizon account with all the joys of waiting days to see a repair man and subsequently sometimes weeks for repairs, to a wireless setup, for $20/ month–$30 with taxes. I have the same business phone number for which I formerly paid over $100/month and the small lightweight box on my desk [photo, right] travels to hotels or home and hooks up to any phone. I’ve discovered one kink so far: It rings forever before it goes to voicemail. I told my salesman who said this feature can’t be changed and that he has lots of complaints about it. [I advised him to add a fix to this glitch to the suggestion box.]
Do you have leads to share about other heartwarming savings and/or examples of wild price swings?