This blog is at the request of one of my readers. Thank you for the suggestion Addie! Every time a major appliance reaches the end of its life cycle or a car is beyond reparability I cringe at the stress, time, and decisions that will need to be made when having to make large purchases. Here are a few tips to help get you through your next major purchase:
- Assess what you really need! Most people do not need or even end up using all the “bells and whistles” that salesman try to sell you on. Determine what you really need and really want before you even go to the store. Do you research. With the internet you can find out just about anything and everything you need to know about the products and options you are looking for. Take that list with you to the store and really think and take your time on deciding on additional options that the salesmen are trying to say they are the “must haves”!
- Know your budget! One of the most important things to follow when making these purchases is to set a budget and stick to it. You don’t want to end up being schmoozed by the salesman into extra “bells and whistles” that you can’t afford. The worst thing you can do is buy something that is above what you can afford and end up making payments for the entire life of the item, just to start all over again.
- Shop around and compare prices! These days the internet makes it really easy to compare prices. However, don’t let price be your complete decision maker as to where you will buy your product. Since this is a major purchase, you also want to take into consideration the service history of the place you are purchasing as well as the reliability of the models they are selling. Some places can offer lower prices on models that are similar to the top rated models but are possibly of slightly lower quality or ratings. This can affect the long term life of the product. In addition, if you purchase from a place with poor service ratings, the cost you saved could end up being a much bigger headache if you have any issues with the product. Get recommendations from your friends and family as to their experiences with various competitors. In addition, don’t be afraid to ask if the more reputable places will price match. More times then not they will price match just to get your business.
- Your Time is valuable! Don’t waste too much time on price shopping. There will always be someone out there that may be willing the sell you a product slightly lower than another place. But your time is at a cost too, so determining exactly what product will suite your needs, determining who will offer the best services, and getting a reasonable price without spending too much of your valuable time is the way to go!
At the end of the day it boils down to the fact that you need to pick the product you want in the price range that you can afford and just get it done! I hope that you have found this blog helpful in making major purchases. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions of topics that you would like me to discuss in the future, or would like me to expand on any of my previous topics, please use the comment section below! 🙂