I took the above picture at Fry's awhile back. It cracks me up. I guess it's for the mathematically challenged. Maybe some of us think in dollars and others in cents. Or, maybe some of us just don't quite get the whole money thing. I don't know how your mind thinks, but I wanted to clarify the more confusing sales that I get questions about sometimes.
Here are some examples:
59¢ or 2/$1
In this case, you would need to buy two to pay 50¢ each. (It's rare to see the picture I have above.) The most likely place you'll see this is at a convenience store or Walgreens. It will always be clear that there is a difference in price.
10 for $10
If you don't see anything in the fine print that says you need to buy 10, you can buy one for $1.
2 for $5
Don't let them fool you on the smaller quantities either. You can still buy one and pay $2.50. It's not the same as a buy 1, get 1 free sale.
Buy 10, Save $5
In this case, you would need to buy ten products to get $5 off. It's rarely the same product, but a certain selection of products. To maximize your savings, you will want to buy in multiples of ten. Watch for limits since you might only be allowed a certain number of $5 rewards per transaction. (On Bargain Believer shopping lists, there will be two prices listed.)
Buy 4 or more, Save $1 each
These show up at Safeway sometimes. It means that you will save an additional $1 on each product you buy, if you buy at least four. You can buy five and save $5, but if you buy three, you won't save anything. You don't need to buy in multiples of four.
The bottom line is, don't grab more than you need if you don't want it and/or the savings doesn't justify stocking up. My husband rarely goes to the store, but he fell for this a couple times, saying he wasn't sure. I think I can say "fell" since I hope I have him trained now, but ?? I understand. It just seems like the right thing to do when you're standing in front of a sign telling you to buy two!
For all you rule following, compliant people out there . . . it's okay, you're not breaking a rule, just falling for a marketing scheme. Be strong and pick up only one! :)
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