SMART SAVINGS: Owner of Brad’s Bargain Box Brad Walton talks about his love of bargains.
SMART SAVINGS: Owner of Brad’s Bargain Box Brad Walton talks about his love of bargains. Allan Reinikka

Bargain store owner gives his saving tips

BRAD Walton knows how great the buzz of a good bargain can feel.

The owner of Rockhampton discount store Brad's Bargain Box said people should feel good about nabbing a great deal, not embarrassed about cost-aware shopping.

"I love bargain shopping, I think it's the best... you should feel happy about it, it's a good thing," he said.

"Just because you live in a regional area it doesn't mean you have to pay a higher price."

Since opening his store in 2014, Brad said business had remained steady.

A second Brad's Bargain Box store is even set to open at the end of July in Park Avenue.

Filling those stores with stock, Brad said, was a bargain hunt in itself.

"I shop around to get the best deal for my customers so that I am looking at what we're bringing in and weighing up, a bargain isn't always just the cheapest price," he said.

"You need to think of value as opposed to just the lowest price. A product might cost 50 cents more but it's of a higher quality."

Most bargain shoppers look to bulk deals for savings, hoping to get more from their money.

Brad explained that while buying in bulk had its merits, it may not always be the most cost-effective option.

He said buying a bulk pack of 20 was no use to someone who may only use 10.

"It's only a bargain if you are going to use it and get the value out of it," he said.

"What pays more is to shop around... some of the non-branded products are quite good quality but you're only paying half the price."

Hunting tips

When out searching for the ultimate saving, keep these tips in mind:

  • Create an online account for deals and follow shopping blogs
  • Avoid the middleman and shop from the supplier when you can
  • Think ahead and plan what you need, and check out catalogues for specials
  • Don't shop with the herd, break out of stores' spending patterns to avoid paying more


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