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Written by Ahmed Amr   
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I got to thinking about this article when I had to part with one of my pillows. People don’t pay near enough attention to their pillows and finding myself in a situation where I was obliged to go shopping for a replacement, I decided to find the best deal possible. The variance in prices on pillows is amazing. You can spend anywhere from eight to a hundred dollars for a single pillow. Much of the price differential is justified by the quality of the pillow, the brand name and whether it’s synthetic or made from cotton. But the biggest variance depends on where and when you buy it. If you’re replacing three or four pillows, shopping around for the right price on this one item can save you hundreds of dollars.

There are a number of other items where you can match the savings on pillows. The general attribute of the items on this list is that you can always postpone purchasing them or buy them in advance and store them for later use. As you go down the list, notice that these are items that you can usually find in two-for-one sales and they’re often offered as loss leaders by major retailers.

1. Bed sheets, towels and shower curtains. Like pillows, these items cannot only be had at deep discounts, they’re also easy to store.

2. Tiles - tiles and other flooring can be purchased at huge discounts when you shop around for odd lots. The savings can be spectacular and if you’re flexible and have a little imagination - you can end up saving as much as 80%. When you decide to remodel a bathroom, start by putting together an inventory of the materials you need and buy them before you begin the project. Schedule the remodel after you purchase the tiles.

3. Carpets - It shouldn’t be too difficult to find a carpet outlet near you that specializes in remnants. You’ll be amazed at the quality you’ll find and the deals you can negotiate. This usually works best when you’re covering a small area or when you don’t mind having different color carpets in different rooms.

4. Light Bulbs - The thing about light bulbs is they don’t take a lot of space to store and it’s always comforting to have spare bulbs around the house. For whatever reason, light bulbs are often offered at deep discounts as ‘loss leaders’ by supermarkets and discount pharmacies. Stock up whenever you see them at a ridiculous price and of course, get CFLs or LEDs.

5. Underwear and Socks - You should never pay full retail price for them. It’s another one of those loss-leader items that retailers often use to draw in traffic. When you see a good two-for-one sale, go for it. Even the premium brands are often on sale and you should wait for major sales. Some of the best deals are found at factory outlet stores.

6. Shoes, sneakers and sandals - I’m very partial to the quality of shoes I buy. You can’t put a price on comfort and the shoes you walk definitely effect the kind of day you have. If you have a Nordstrom store in your area, wait for their annual sale. Not only do they sell the finest quality shoes but you’ll find their products have great durability. Brand name sneakers and sandals can also be had at huge discounts when you wait for the right sale. Shoes can last for many years and when you find a shoe you really like at a great price, buy more than one.

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