We all have “that friend”, the one who will drive 30 miles across town to save $0.02 per gallon on their gasoline. I get a kick out of how far people will go to get a good deal. Call me crazy, but I’ll almost always take an okay deal with minimal effort, over a lot of effort for a good deal. That’s not to say that I don’t get a little intense from time to time.
Let’s run through a little test and see if you are normal bargain shopper, or if you fall in to the “obsessed with getting a good deal” category. Answer the following questions….
1) Do you wake up at 2am on Black Friday to get the best deals?
2) Do you send in rebates valued under $5?
3) Have you changed your savings account more than twice in the last year because of better interest rates offered elsewhere?
4) Have you bought more than you actually need of something just because it was on sale?
5) Do you try and barter with salespersons that work at stores that typically don’t negotiate? (Best Buy, Costco, etc)
If you answered yes, to any of those questions, you are probably a pretty intense deal seeker. I have to admit I am guilty of question 5. I was at Costco once looking to purchase a monitor for my computer. The specific monitor I wanted was sold out, except for the display model. I tried for about 30mins to barter with the Costco manager, hoping he would give me a discount for purchasing the display model. He wouldn’t drop the price, so I had to punch him in the face say goodbye and leave the store monitorless.
We are probably all guilty of obsessive deal hunting, but the line has to be drawn somewhere. Anyone else feeling brave and willing to share an embarrassing “deal hunting” story? Are you guilty of doing the across town gas station fill up?