No matter what type of income you have, this economy has caused a lot of concern for many people. Even within the dental industry there has been changes that effect the average rate of pay. Individuals and businesses who used to be able to generate enough money to pay the bills with a little bit extra left over are now seeing themselves pinching pennies just to get by. The American dream is about not only success but freedom, and if you cannot afford to give yourself a little bit of joy, then I would say that your freedom has been compromised by your need to earn more income. As a dental technician, I have a good understanding of both the administrative and technical side of the office I work for. One of the most commonly overpriced line items we are spending our money on is supplies. There are a few other things I have noticed as well that may help cut down on the cost of things. Keep reading to learn a few tips to help you save money this year.
Buying Supplies Online When Possible
Have you ever wondered why shopping online can be so much more affordable than buying things in person? Not only are you saving time and money by not going to the store, but you are usually getting a lower price than what you would get when purchasing items straight off the shelves. The main reason for this is because there is less overhead involved when you do not have a brick and mortar location. The cost of rent or purchase, electricity, insurance, and many other things are eliminated altogether when you can function solely in the digital space. I love to shop online and usually go to Overstock before I look anywhere else. Whether you are buying dental supplies or decorative pillows, you can usually find a great deal when you shop there.
Buy in Bulk if It Makes Sense
Depending on what your needs are and how much storage space you have, buying in bulk can be a great way to get everything you need at a great price. Think about the things that you are constantly buying more of. For most people it may be things like paper towels and toilet paper, dish and hand soap, cleaning supplies, certain food items or condiments. Make a list of all of these things and if you have the storage, buy them in packs of fifteen to twenty so that you will have everything you need and get it at the best price possible
Buy Second Hand When Appropriate
Of course, there are some things that you may never want to buy used. Whether it is for personal or professional use, there is the concern of hygiene when purchasing certain supplies. However, when you are shopping for things like wall décor or furniture for the waiting room or your living room, you can often get great deals when you buy from individual sellers or online communities for second hand items. You could even visit your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.