Purchases of high value, big ticket items are on the up as the economy continues to improve and the retail sector sees a slight increase in sales. It can be a stressful experience shopping for all types of big ticket items, as even after purchase you will always doubt whether you bought the right item or got the best deal.
It can also be hard to come up with a budget and stick to it, especially as many shops and sellers provide additional incentives to entice you in. Shopping around is the best way to ensure you save money on whatever high value item you’re after.
Buying a new or used car will usually be your largest annual expense. Even if you’ve received a substantial payment after selling an old one you still want to ensure good value for money on any new vehicle.
Shopping around is therefore essential. Checking local garages, adverts, car supermarkets and online listings will present you with numerous options at differing prices. The internet has made it quick and easy to check prices through websites such as ExchangeAndMart.co.uk so you can easily compare against car prices elsewhere to secure the best value.
Furniture shops seem to constantly have sales going on, though with the last few years of economic struggle this hasn’t been tempting everyone. People have been turning to buying second-hand furniture or making do, but improved sales at the start of the year suggest an upturn.
Sofas especially can be an expensive purchase, in some cases even rivalling that of buying a used car. From online furniture websites to actual stores, there are many ways to source a new set of furniture. Be aware of when each one has its sales as this is the best time to strike. Wait until the post-Christmas period for the best prices.
Fridges, washing machines and dishwashers can also be expensive purchases. Unlike cars and even some furniture, you’re unlikely to find used appliances that are of decent quality for sale in many places.
Look for the sales in specialist electrical and homeware shops and make a purchase then. Search websites and have a look around for any discounts available at certain stores. Some websites offer different daily offers which can make a big saving on such items. Even if your fridge has packed it in and you need a replacement instantly it can be worth taking a bit more time to find the best price.