Whether you're buying clothing, groceries, or something more exciting, shopping is an inevitable reality for most people. Unfortunately, most people also end up spending more money than they intended to or buying things they don't really need, despite their best intentions. If this sounds familiar, these 8 tips from smart shopper will help you shop smarter every single time.
1. Make a list.
Before you head out of the house or online to do any shopping, make a list of what you want to buy, whether it's a pair of jeans and new shoes or a gallon of milk and eggs. Stick to that list. Mark each item off when you grab it, and when your list is finished, leave the store as soon as possible.
2. Shop alone.
It can be tempting to hit the mall with your mom or your best friends, but shopping with other people can actually cause you to spend more money. You know your limits, but it's hard to say no to that cute little dress that you don't need if someone else is in your ear telling you how great it looks on you and that at 30 percent off it's a steal!
3. Be careful with sales.
Stores love to advertise big sale, but many of them aren't actually deals at all. For example, maybe you go to a shoe store to buy a new pairs of boots that cost $100. The store is having a buy-one-get-one-half-off sale, so you could technically get two pair of boots for $150. Unless you wear boots daily and have to replace them every few months for work, you aren't really getting a good deal — you are just spending $50 extra.
4. Search when shopping online.
When you shop online for a new shower curtain, it can be tempting to click on the store's entire "Bathroom" category. Before you know it, you've redecorated your entire guest bathroom. Just search for "shower curtain" instead.
5. Shop the right time of year.
You probably know the end of the year is the best time to buy a new car. That logic applies to other items as well. For example, new appliances are released in the fall, so September is a good time to get a great deal on the previous year's model.
6. Use coupons.
Look for coupons online and in newspapers for items you already plan to buy. It can be time-consuming, but it can also save you plenty of cash each week.
7. Use cash.
Leave the credit and debit cards and checkbooks at home. If you take a certain amount of cash with you into a store, you can't go over budget.
8. Stay strong.
It may sound silly, but stores actually try to get you to spend more money with music, scents, colors, layouts, and much more. Don't fall prey to those attempts. Stick to what you came for.
Published by David Milsont