Janelle Faulkner, seen with her children Matilda and Haydn, thinks women are better bargain hunters because they spend more time shopping.
Janelle Faulkner, seen with her children Matilda and Haydn, thinks women are better bargain hunters because they spend more time shopping. Lee Constable

Battle of the bargains

EVERYONE loves a bargain.

But when it comes to bargain hunting, who leads the way - men or women?

Or does it come down to the type of item being purchased and a person's own knowledge and interest in that particular item.

"Women, straight up" was what Mackay wife and mum Janelle Faulkner said when asked yesterday at Caneland Central.

"We've nailed it down to a fine art," she laughed.

This was mainly due to the fact that women have had a lot more practice, Mrs Faulkner said.

Bargain hunting is not easy, and that great price isn't going to just fall in your lap; you have to search for it.

So who has more patience?

Men can come in handy when it comes to hunting certain items, however, this might go hand in hand with their interests or hobbies, Mrs Faulkner said.

"Some guys might be into fishing... so they know what the usual prices are (for equipment) and know where to hunt around," she said.

But when it comes to items such as food and clothing - "go women" was all Mrs Faulkner had to say.

"It's mostly women that do the household shopping," she said.

"They know what's in the pantry and what the kids like."

In most cases, women are in charge of the household budget, Mrs Faulkner said, so they know how and where they can save.

"Women are more conscious of the household budget," she said.

As such, women know where they can cut costs to have that extra cash available for when they want to splurge.

Women are also more conscious when it comes to food shopping, looking for the best overall price for quality and quantity, she said.

In her household, Mrs Faulkner said she was definitely the best bargain shopper, but she said her husband was getting better.

"He knows he'll get into trouble if he buys something on a whim," she laughed.

"Once you have kids, you are much better at bargain hunting. Having children trains you more than you realise," she said.



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