Have you ever noticed all the two-for, 3-for, and even 4 for 4 deals this new year?
It seems every store and restaurant is rolling out great deals but this time those deals come with a big catch: it can be impossible to buy just one.
Something different is happening in the supermarket, drug stores and fast food restaurants. Rather than just give us a sale, they are making us buy more to get the discount.
At Walgreens, you can find dozens of sales if you buy a lot of items. Mouthwash is 2 for $11, or $6.29 each.
Even grocery stores are getting into the act. This 3 for $9 sale of coke? You must buy three 12 packs, or you will pay a lot more. A chunky soup is two for $3, but you must buy two.
The deals are pretty good. In Wendy's four for four deal you get a drink, nuggets, fries and a burger all for $4.
McDonalds is running a two for $2 deal and Burger King, five for $4.
It is all good with one catch: you have to buy more, which you may not always want to do.
Example, a big roll of toilet paper is ten for $5 but do you really need ten?
Some of these deals really benefit stores because most shoppers don't scrutinize the signs and they just buy one item, thinking it's on sale when it's not.
Read the fine print so you don't waste your money.