Ask Brad: How-to Find Deals Amid Inflation 

Ask Brad

Consumer prices are rising at their fastest pace in decades and inflation is making itself known to everyday consumers — whether through the food they buy, the gas they use or the housing they need for shelter. The Consumer Price Index jumped 7.9% in February relative to a year earlier, the largest 12-month increase since January 1982, per a report this month by the U.S. Department of Labor.

We spoke with Casey Runyan our VP and Managing Editor on what this means for consumers looking for deals and discounts.

Q: What does this mean for consumers looking for deals?  

Casey: Well, the definition of a ‘deal’ has changed, hopefully for the short term. For example, where a seasonal, Spring item like a deck box might have typically gone on sale for 40% off, the consumer may now only see a 25% off opportunity due to inflation hitting multiple parts of the final price tag, including: soaring gas and shipping prices…and let’s not forget the supply chain issue still remains causing prices to remain higher than usual.

So you may see deals, but they also shift with inflation rates and are not going to be as lucrative as what was seen 12 months ago.

Q: What do you suggest consumers do to help stretch their dollar during this difficult time?

Casey: Well, unfortunately there will be areas where we cannot control budget impacts, like on commodities such as fuel and food.  However, there are others that tend to be top of mind for consumers during this time of the year where you can make more cost-effective choices to help ease budget pressures.  

Upgrade vs. Buy  

  • For home improvements, think ‘upgrade’ rather than buying new. It’s amazing what you can do with just a can of paint.
  • We’re actually seen an explosion of users searching for and purchasing Rust-Oleum on our site — which definitely signals that consumers are looking for ways to cut corners on their home improvement budget.
  • Instead of purchasing a set of expensive cabinets, save money by changing the doors, doing a paint refresh, or swapping out old hardware for new.
  • And of course, nothing makes you appreciate what you already have than some good old-fashioned spring cleaning. Reclaim space that has become cluttered with some inexpensive organizers, and everything will feel new, even when it isn’t.

Shop Now: See our Spring collection deals.

Patio Refresh

  • If a full patio set isn’t in the budget right now, consider alternatives for making your outdoor space shine in the time being like swapping out cushions and pillows.

Shop Now: See all of our outdoor living deals.

Travel Deals

  • Luggage searches up on our site by 131% year over year which tells us the intent to travel is high.
  • Book off-peak season in order to get the best price.  So consider going to Hawaii in June rather than in March, or Alaska in October instead of July. 
  • Cruises are also incredibly well-priced right now, but we expect that to change in the near future. So if you are eyeing a cruise and love the price, we suggest you buy it now.  

Shop Now: See all of our travel deals.

Q: How can shoppers stay on top of the trends?

Casey: Everyday, we are tracking the latest ways to navigate through the impacts of inflation to make it easy for shoppers. Head to BradsDeals.com and follow our blog, More for Less where you’ll find more advice on shopping tips and tricks, and how to stretch your dollar during these trying times.

Advertiser’s disclosure: If you purchase something through a Brad’s Deals link, the site may earn a commission. Pricing and product availability are accurate as of time of published article. Learn more about how Brad’s Deals works.

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