Small Business Saturday: A useful checklist for the budget-conscious shopper

What are the possible recommendations? Once you’ve identified the “dull, untidy individuals on your list” with the help of the helpful people at Lee Cooke Associates (Leeco), you can go back over the list…

Small Business Saturday: A useful checklist for the budget-conscious shopper

What are the possible recommendations?

Once you’ve identified the “dull, untidy individuals on your list” with the help of the helpful people at Lee Cooke Associates (Leeco), you can go back over the list and see what everyone else has already bought. Although this method of determining which items to buy for the most difficult people is pretty helpful, it only works for people who own at least four items. So if you only own one item and no one else has it – or if, in your dream world, everyone owned a fridge-freezer – then there’s no real reason to waste your time.

How much do items cost?

Read the reviews before you buy – just make sure you buy what you know the person likes, as most reviews will recommend a particular item over another. If you don’t know much about a product before you buy it, then try a price comparison tool, such as zag.com, clicktastic.com or betaproperty.com. They all offer a stock of reviews, so you can do some basic research before the shop visits you.

The fact is, nothing is certain. Even a thorough price comparison won’t necessarily guarantee that you will get a great deal. It can be extremely frustrating to go into a store and discover a great product is being offered at a really high price. And sometimes, it’s hard to see where to start when it comes to researching brands and prices when you don’t know where to start. So it’s worth having one place you can turn to when you’re really struggling and need a quick assessment of the high street and websites.

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