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Smart Shopping Tips

(Information obtained from Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA), Handbook for Skill Development, Massachusetts Department of Social Services – click here to visit website)

To shop wisely and make your money last, keep the following in mind:

  • Replace things only when they wear out.
  • Check several stores to compare prices.
  • Check newspapers and flyers for sales.
  • Examine quality, quantity, and durability.
  • Decide what you will buy and buy only that item.
  • Save money, rather than borrow, to buy a costly item.
  • Try to buy things while they are on sale.
  • Read all labels and tags carefully.
  • Never buy clothing without trying on each item. Sizes may vary.
  • Compare warranties.
  • Always read the fine print.
  • Evaluate any obligations.
  • Always save sales slips, receipts, and warranties.
  • Before you buy, you should ask yourself these questions:
    • Am I certain the merchandise is exactly what I want?
    • Will the store give a refund? Remember, some stores (such as factory outlets) have a policy that all sales are final.
    • Do I need the sales receipt and/or price tag to get an exchange or refund?
    • Is this a "Final Sale" item?
    • Does the item have a written warranty?
    • Before signing a contract: Do I fully understand it? Will I have a copy to keep? (If you sign ANYTHING, ALWAYS get a copy!)