Bargain queens: Tips from women on making planned and impulsive 'bargain' purchases

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  • The festive season should be about fun and not wasting your money on things you don't need.
  • However, sometimes the excitement of buying something on sale clouds a shopper's judgment.
  • Planning purchases ahead of the specials and deals are a clever way to go about it.

I am trying to decide if qualify as a "Bargain Queen". I am reminded of one shopping experience I think possibly lets me in the queendom.

During Black Friday 2019, there was only one thing I really wanted but didn't think it would be on sale. A Fossil watch that I had stopped myself from buying a few times. 

The thought of paying R3 000 cash for a watch haunted me a little. Once, I opted for a new wig instead of my beloved watch - it seemed like a better use of my money at the time. But when Black Friday 2019 came around I decided that I needed to have my watch.

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I dreaded big crowds so I waited for a few days before going to a Fossil store in Woodmead, Johannesburg. I woke up so early and it was raining that morning but I decided I am going. A foot in door, I realised shelves were cleaned out. There was a watch here and there, but most of them were gone. 

But I was lucky to find the watch I had waited so long to get. The price tag still had R2 999 on it but the sales lady quickly put me at ease and said, "It is half the price now." 

I've never been happier in my life; I'm still jumping for joy at my luck all these years later.

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The festive season is loved. But the excitement has a way of getting out of control.  

Mother of three Ayanda Myeza tells us: "I bought mostly groceries and honestly, I ended up buying larger quantities and spending more than what I had anticipated." 

What she thought would be a cheaper shopping experience ended up being a R5 000 swipe at the till. 

This queen has learnt, "Some things you just don't need."

This year, her plan is to make sure that she will really be sitting with catalogues from different supermarkets, comparing prices, and calculating every cent.

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Nkileng Makobe had just moved into a new house with her family. The wife and mother waited a few months before buying a washing machine. "I wanted to buy it but I thought a few more hand washes could save me some money so I opted to wait."

This queen had her eyes on a R6 999 washing machine. When Black Friday specials were finally available online, she got the shock of her life. 

"I realised then that Black Friday is a scam. The washing machine was still R6 999 and had a tag 'save R 2 300'. It was utter lies because I knew for months what the original price was," she says. 


Plan your purchase: It is only a bargain if you are saving money.

- Buy what you have always needed: This will help you not spend money on things you genuinely want.

- Don't fall for scams: Double-check the prices, compare, and don't let the word "save" fool you.

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