Loren Roberts

You have probably noticed the BOGO acronym being used throughout television, radio and print advertisements. This acronym stands for Buy One, Get One, but does not always mean that you have to buy one to get one.

At many stores, including Kroger and Publix, BOGO can normally be interchanged with 50 percent off. I learned that at these stores and many others that when you only buy only one of an item that is marked BOGO, rather than ringing up full price until you buy the second one, you end up getting the one item for half off without having to buy the second item.

I used to end up with more groceries than I needed just because I wanted to take advantage of the buy one, get one deal. I would buy one and then get my free one and end up with more than I could realistically use of a product or food item. When I noticed on my receipt that the items were ringing up as half price rather than one full price and one free, I figured out that you don’t always have to buy the second item and can just get the first one at half off. I saved even more money by not paying full price for the first item and did not waste products because I had more than I could use.

For smaller families like mine it is great information to know that BOGO can really just mean 50 percent off. Be sure to check where you shop to make sure they honor this practice before you assume that your items will ring up half price. You will be pleasantly surprised at all the places you can shop 50 percent off while everyone else is shopping buy one, get one.

Happy shopping!