Readings for Rural Life – How to Buy

From Moore’s Rural New-Yorker in Rochester, NY

March 12th, 1864

How to Buy

There is a right time to purchase. That time is when goods are low. Goods are low, as a general rule, when there is the least demand for them. Winter goods are low in the spring and summer. Summer goods are low in the fall and winter. The merchant will sell his winter stock in the spring at first cost. His summer stock in the fall at cost. He commonly sells his goods at least twenty-five per cent above the first cost. If, then, you buy his winter goods in the spring, and his summer goods in the fall, you save the per centage, and get your goods at wholesale, or just as low as the merchant bought them by the quantity. If your family requires one hundred dollars yearly in these goods, the savings will be twenty-five dollars, by buying at the proper time. When winter renders navigation and transportation difficult, groceries and heavy goods are generally higher. Sugar is generally high in fruit and “preserving time.” Watch the markets. When the goods you need are below an average price lay in a supply for some time ahead. Buy your goods by the quantity. Let the market be what it will, you can generally buy a quantity at less figures, proportionately, than small amounts. Sugar will cost you a cent on a pound less; tea, ten cents or a shilling; heavy cloths one t two shillings per yard, and so on to the end of the catalogue. Another consideration is not to be forgotten. A good article is much cheaper in the long run, than a poor one at a much less price. Better pay more for a thoroughly made serviceable article, than buy an inferior one, poorly made, at any price. Ready cash is always better than any man’s credit. A dealer, who understands his business, can and will sell for cheaper for ready money than he will for the best man’s credit. A handsome yearly savings may be made, in any family, depending in amount on the number in the family and the quantity of goods used, by buying at the right   time – buying by the large quantity – buying “good goods,” and paying ready cash. If you have not got the cash, live a little closer, cut off all unnecessary expenses, until you get a little ready money ahead, and are thus ready to take advantage of the markets. The saving that can thus be made in providing for the household, if carefully husbanded, will provide for a “rainy day,” or a competence to make old age comfortable. L.L. Fairchild. Rolling Prarie, Wis., January, 1864.



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  1. These thoughts remain useful advice for today, too!


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