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A Guide to Bargain Shopping


It’s a safe rule of thumb that you get what you pay for. With some exceptions, high value items or services aren’t low cost, and low value items or services aren’t high cost (or at least can’t survive that way for long).

That being said, there are low-stakes situations when you can get away with bargain shopping and be little worse for the wear.

For example, a few things you can safely bargain shop for:

  • a car wash

  • a phone case

  • a t-shirt

  • a basic oil change

  • party supplies

  • office supplies

On the other hand, there are items and services that carry higher stakes than a car wash or office supplies. For these, bargain shopping shouldn’t be an option. You will get what you pay for, and if you pay for low value, you can expect low value (or even high risk).

Examples of things you shouldn’t bargain shop for:

  • work boots that you’ll be wearing daily

  • heart surgery

  • a security guard

  • a rock climbing harness

  • a full transmission rebuild

  • a coach

Recognize that when you pay money for goods or services, you are buying into the cost of whatever goes into those goods or services (raw materials, research and development, manufacturing, training, continuing education, experience).

Feel free to pick up your office supplies from the sale rack, but think twice before you bargain shop your way into the hands of a coach or heart surgeon whose pricing is based primarily on a just-get-you-in-the-door policy.

- PS


  • Sumo deadlift - 5,5,3,3,3,1,1,1,1,1


  • 3min AMRAP

    • Russian KBS (AHAP)

  • 3min AMRAP

    • Alternating DB step-ups