So as a wife, I need to make sure that my husband’s salary will not be to put into waste. I need to be a smart shopper because it will save money.
How to be a Smart Shopper
1. Stick to List
Whenever I’m in the grocery, I don’t just get anything I see in the market. I always have a list of what we need to buy just to make sure that I will not forget anything and also I will not make unnecessary purchase.
There are times that I also check for new products that we can try. Yes, stick to list + extra products, but I make sure that it will fit the budget.
2. Read labels
It is very significant to check the labels of the product especially if it will be your first time to try it. Read the labels and necessary details, make sure that you or your family does not have any food allergies.
3. Check the Expiration Date
Yes, expiration date. Check the shelf life, if you will not use or consume it immediately, do not hoard even it is buy one take one.
4. Condition of the Product
Check the condition of the product. I have my own experiences before that when I got home, the stuff that I bought were not in good condition. There is a hole in my loaf bread, pack of sugar, noodles and even milk. Things that you will not notice if you are in a hurry.
I learned my lesson. Now, I carefully check the packaging of the items. I make sure that there is no hole in the packaging, canned goods have no dent, bottled stuff are sealed and boxes are in good condition.
5. Double-check the price
Always check the price. If there are sale items, make sure that you can save from it.
6. Be watchful at the counter
Yes, monitor the cash register and make sure that the price is correct.
7. Check and keep your receipt
Check the price, double posting and number of items.
Know Your Consumer Rights
But sometimes, no matter how careful you are, you will still encounter defective products. I have my own experiences like
1. I bought a pack of candies, I notice few pieces have no candy inside. Yes, empty wrapper only.
2. I bought a pack of noodles and when I opened the pack, there is no flavoring or seasoning inside.
3. I bought a fresh milk, the box was in good condition and months before pa expiration date but when you pour it, I saw a curdled milk not fresh milk.
I was disappointed because you paid for these products but you cannot eat or drink it. I cannot return because I don’t have the receipt anymore and sometimes the cost of returning the goods are much higher than the actual price of the product. Yes, wasted money.
My husband loves Duncan Hines Brownie Mix because it has walnuts. So last Sunday, I was about to cook brownies but when I opened the box, the pack of brownies was not sealed. Waah! The box was in good condition so I was really surprised when I opened it, may small insect pa na lumabas. Eww!
I was disappointed because the price is not cheap, P179.95. I was thinking if we can return the item because we haven’t returned any consumable goods before. But S&R Alabang is far, gagastos pa ng gas and toll.
So yesterday, my husband tried to return the item. Before he went home, he dropped by at S&R Alabang. He gave the box and the receipt, the staff checked the item and he was asked kung same item din ba. Of course, he said yes, favorite nga niya. hehehe!
I was glad that they replaced the defective product. My husband even asked them to open the box just to make sure na ok ang loob and walang butas.
November 11 - Grocery
November 13 - Discovered the defective product
November 14 - Return and Exchange the item
For Return and Exchange of Items
Items must be returned within 7 days from date of purchase. No receipt, No return.
Good thing, that I immediately opened it because according to receipt, I can only return the item within 7 days. What if, hindi ko agad niluto, goodbye P179.95?