How to (almost) never pay full price for anything

We tend to be known in local circles as the couple who (almost) never pays full price for anything. We find thrill in chasing down the best deals and love stretching our money as far as it will go. Why pay more money for something when you can get the same thing for less?

This post is not about free hand-me-downs or bartering with friends. The list below is composed of things that we do buy, but never at full price, and consider to be similar quality to their full price alternatives.

So how do we do it?

Our neighborhood supermarket has shuk day on Wednesdays. On the day of this shop, lox was on sale too, so we got two – enjoyed one that Shabbat and froze the other.

Toiletries – We stock up on store brand toiletries when they are on sale. We buy most of our shampoos, toothpastes, deodorants, facewash, etc at Superpharm during their second item for 1 shekel and/or 5 shekel per item sales. These happen every few months (follow their advertising) and include most Life brand items. We find the quality great.

In this Superpharm shop, we bought two men’s deodorants, 100 sheets of baking paper, three tubes of toothpaste, and two women’s deodorants for a total of 56 shekels.

Furniture – While you might not always want to buy second hand appliances as they often don’t come with a warranty, second hand furniture is wonderful. The best deals can be found during moving season when people discover that their almost brand new couch/closet/dining set doesn’t fit in their new home and they need to get rid of it quickly. Before our kids were born, we bought our (now well-worn and well bounced on) living room couches from new olim who were moving back to Brazil. We paid 2,000 shekels for an almost new set they had purchased for 6,000.

Flights – There are many ways to save money on flights. Our favorites are traveling off season, buying tickets far in advance when we want to travel in season, adding layovers if they are significantly cheaper, searching for flights in incognito, and setting up Google alerts to let us know when the price for the flight we want drops.

Dentists – Children’s dentistry is free through kupat cholim until age 18 and dental care for adults is much cheaper than at a private clinic. Before you start knocking kupah dentists, ask around and get recommendations. Just like in the private sector, quality can vary between clinics and doctors. Alternatively, if you live near a dental school (many large Israeli universities have one) and have time to spare, the students are always looking for people to practice on and are all supervised by top professionals.

Glasses – Check which opticians and glasses stores work with your kupat cholim. Depending on your age, prescription and level of kupah coverage, you may be eligible for free or heavily discounted glasses. Check your kupah’s website for details. If you know your prescription and want to get new frames or a backup pair, sites like Zenny Optical can be a good option. And like above, if you live near a university and have time to spare, opticians in training will be more than happy to practice on you while being supervised by top pros.

In conclusion
Saving money doesn’t have to mean lower quality goods and services or going without. By opening your eyes to the opportunities around you, you are sure to find ways to buy the same things for less. And as always, we are always learning and honing our Fionist skills.

What things do you never pay full price for?

5 responses to “How to (almost) never pay full price for anything”

  1. Rachel Avatar

    Thanks for all these!
    At the older end of the kids age-groups, make sure to get those check-ups booked in good time, before they are 18 years old!


  2. Baby Boomer Super Saver Avatar

    Lots of great money saving ideas here, thanks! One of our favorite forms of entertainment is hiking, which really doesn’t cost much at all.


  3. Molly | Transatlantic Notes Avatar

    These are some really useful tips; I’m going to have to put some of them to work for me as I think saving whenever/wherever I can will really help. Great post!


    1. fionistdream Avatar

      Thank you. Hope it can make a difference.


  4. Rachel Avatar

    Depending on your family circumstances (working hours, family time), you might discover that certain supermarkets reduce their fresh fruits and vegetables at a certain time of day or evening.
    If you decide that you’d like to buy, say, mushrooms, and you are SURE you can deal with them all when you get home (no later than that day!), then if you see a few boxes of reduced mushrooms, buy them all! Once washed, chopped, and cooked, you can divide your ‘haul’ into several meals’ worth, freeze them in small containers so you can just grab some to add later meals, and enjoy the biggest portion for meals that day or the next.
    If your kids are old enough to help you, you can get them involved in the processing. That can be part of that day’s family time, as well as making it all go more quickly in the food-prep department!


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