Article written by Future Finance Solutions
Los Angeles and its surrounding areas are great places to live, but have been anything but resistant to the economic downturn over the past few years. There are many ways of spending less and getting more that people are going to become accustomed to until America is out of this downturn. Luckily with the Internet, there are more ways to do this now that ever.
The most necessary expense that can be cut is groceries. Most people shop at regular grocery stores and markets. While these are good places to shop for a lot of things, there are bulk stores like Sam’s Club or Costco that seller higher quality products for less money. The downside is these stores require a membership payable each year, but the amount of savings that is gotten out of it is more than worth the cost. While a regular grocery store has more variety and needs to be used, the majority of shopping should be done at one of these bulk stores to make the money go farther.
Using Craigslist is also a good idea, but comes with some caution. Craigslist is a mostly uncensored posting board where anyone can contribute, so many of the listings are scams or spam. With these auctions it is a good idea to only contact listings that provide a phone number, and anything that looks much too good to be true usually is. Meeting with people in a public area to do the transaction is recommended to make sure the person’s safety is not at stake. As long as caution is taken and instincts are paid attention, some of the best prices can be found on Craigslist locally.
Another great avenue is buying from eBay. Auctions are a great way to score items low, and looking and bidding will bring great prices on new and used goods alike. Looking for wrongly listed items and bidding at the last minute are both good practices to get even better prices on goods that would normally sell for higher. Although no one except the seller can see how many people are interested, finding a listing that looks worse and has less detail in the description will usually mean a lower ending price.