Stores making you buy more to get a deal

Don't Waste Your Money
Posted at 1:30 PM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2017-03-28 07:13:21-04

UPDATED 3/27/17:

Have you noticed all the twofer, threefer, and even four for $4 deals this new year? It seems every store and restaurant is rolling out great deals.

But this time they come with a big catch: It can be impossible to buy just one.

Many Sales Require More Purchases

Something different is happening in the supermarket, in the drugstore, and at fast food restaurants in 2016. Rather than just give us a sale, they are making us buy more to get the discount.

Next time you are in Walgreens, check those tags beneath each item. You will probably find dozens of sales, if you buy two or more items.

Mouthwash? 2 for $11, or $6.29 each. If you buy just one, you have to pay more.

Even grocery stores are getting into the act, according to the website One chain was selling three 12-packs of Coke for $9. But you must buy three 12-packs, or you'll pay a lot more. Hope you really like Coke.

Another store was selling Chunky soup at two for $3. But you must buy two.

Restaurants Running Similar Deals

Meantime, it's similar with fast food restaurants. Check out Wendy's four for four deal: You get a drink, nuggets, fries and a burger. All that for four bucks.

McDonalds is running a two for $2 deal, and at Burger King, it's five for $4.

It's all good, with one catch: You have to buy more, which you may not always want to do.

Another example we spotted: A big roll of TP: 10 for $5, or 50 cents each at Walgreens. Great deal.

But do you really need 10? (Maybe if you just ate all that extra food you purchased, but that's another topic). Once again, one roll is going to cost you a lot more.

New Deals Benefit Store

Mouseprint says some of these deals really benefit stores because most shoppers don't scrutinize the signs, and they buy just one item, thinking it's on sale when it's not.

So read the fine print, so you don't waste your money.

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