Thursday, May 17, 2012

Frugal Prepping - Using Off Season Marketing to Save Money

Preppers are notorious for finding ways to save money. They will learn to grow, build or make what they need in order to get by the cheapest way possible. It’s also necessary to buy certain things because it’s cheaper than making your own or you may simply not have the skills or time to do otherwise. So what’s a prepper going to do in this case? Simply take advantage of the “off season” marketing practices of the big box stores.

Many of the big box stores use a very familiar marketing concept that we often forget about. If you let yourself get trapped by the “got to have it now” mentality, your pocket book will suffer as a result. The trick is to save money by altering your spending habits to take advantage of this situation. Buying your preps during the off season will normally save you a bunch of cash.

Now buying blankets and coats in the summertime isn’t the usual practice for a lot of people but that is when you’re going to find the bargains.  There will even be times when special circumstances can create a lot of bargains if you look for them. Last year’s drought in Texas is a good example. The lack of rain dropped the demand for rain gear to all time lows and there were some amazing bargains on good quality raingear. Even those cheap plastic raincoats were at almost give-away prices. This fact was not lost on yours truly and some normally high priced and expensive rain gear was picked up at ridiculously low prices. Quality items at a bargain price are definitely worth the extra effort.

Different times of the year will offer you different opportunities. There’s practically a season for most anything you may need for your preps. Everything from canning jars to shotgun shells can often be found at bargain prices during the off season. There may even be some additional items due to overstocking that may also be available. By altering your spending habits a little, you can often save a lot.

The big box stores even make it easy for you. They will often mark down whole sections of merchandise at the end of the regular sales season for those items. This will make it easier for you to spot the bargains and save money on items you may need. While you’re checking for “off season” specials don’t forget to check the close-out deals that may be available on other store merchandise as well.

Got “off season” savings?

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

I picked up a pair of honest to goodness Sorels at a San Antonio thrift shop for $12 - darn near brand new. Sure, it will be a long time before I need it in south Texas, but if that pole shift comes - at least my feet will be warm! 8^)

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 7:38

Those boots run well in excess of a $100 or more...looks like you found a real bargain.

There's been a few times when I've had to drag out my winter boots...even in south central Texas.

Thanks anon.


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