I rarely buy anything offline these days. The prices are just so jacked up at brick and mortar shops like wal-mart that I don’t even have to look at the prices there to know I can get it cheaper online.
Not only that, but a lot of stores where you walk in to buy stuff – they try to up sell you on some cheap Chinese garbage that has been marked up through the roof. For instance, you buy a HDTV so they try and sell you a $100 HDMI cable or something like that. The $8 HDMI cables work just as well.
New Clothes Are a Waste
I don’t buy new clothes. Even when I can afford to drop $100 on an outfit I feel ripped off these days. I’ve bought from thrift stores most of my life, and I know what new clothes feel like and what thrift store clothes feel like. There’s no difference. So the question is do you want to spend $1 for your jeans or $30.
I don’t buy food from the regular grocery store. I buy from a surplus outlet that’s nearby, about 10 minutes away. The food tastes exactly the same. The cost is about 70% less. The difference? Usually the packages are dented or the food didn’t sell well at the grocery stores. Some may be close to the expiration date, but most isn’t.
Most cell phones are a rip off – you’re better off using “burner” phones just because in the end they do the same thing as a subscription plan does for far less. Pay only for the minutes you actually use, see what it costs you compared to what your monthly bill is. Verizon and AT&T are the big offenders here and act like they can charge whatever they want. They’re ruthless.
You might not know this, but most people make all their profit off Chinese stuff right now. They pay significantly less for the items and then just mark it up a bit so they get 100% or even 1000% ROI. This is especially common at theme parks, concerts and the like. They sell something they paid $1 for $20. If it’s not heavily branded by the band or event don’t buy it. It’s not going to hold value.
Overpriced Stuff You Still Have To Pay For
Look at what everyone else is paying for internet around the world. The USA is severely overcharging for internet and providing LESS bandwidth. This is similar to the cell phone companies in the USA.
All these changes make absolutely no difference in your quality of life, unless of course you enjoy buying Chinese items and then throwing them away later. Most guides on saving money will worsen your quality of life – this guide does NOT. You still get the same stuff basically – just a lower bill.