Shopping is no doubt an entirely fun experience.
As 21st century beings, owning new stuff is exciting and gives a really cool inner satisfaction, even for the youngest of us all.
I still recall the refreshing joy my young self felt from the usual, “year-end” shopping, the sleep-snatching delight of owning a new dress and shoe.
This fulfilment is usually made whole when the payment is made from someone else’s credit card, but as long as it’s yours, no matter how much you try to avoid it, there’s still this familiar skip in the heart, you definitely do not want to spend more than you bargained.
This is precisely why shopping caution is important, you just might want to keep yourself in check to avoid bouncing cards.
Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your shopping experience, while keeping you in check.
Make a “To buy list”
In as much as shopping is immensely tempting, especially in a boutique crowded by jaw dropping personal items like clothes and shoes, making a “To buy list” is very essential.
It helps keep track of what to buy. Infact, fix your eyes, not on the SHELF but on your list and shopping trolley.
It keeps your eyes away from straying, thereby restraining you from buying items outside your “list”.
Buy the Essentials
A supermarket is usually densed with items for diverse individuals with separate needs. Therefore, identifying your needs and sticking to them is priority.
Most people like to enter into a supermarket and buy the first thing they see, not because it is essential, but because they feel they need it or everybody else buys it, or worse still, they just want to own it.
Buying the essentials and leaving out the wants sure goes a long way to save money in your pocket/bank account.
Make a shopping plan: do a market survey before shopping.
An unplanned shopping leaves no money in your pocket. No way!
It is pertinent to do a market survey before dashing into any store.
Check various stores online, compare their prices before walking into any there to shop.
You could even contact the stores before hand for clarity on prices to confirm changes.
Planning gives you an attractive boldness as you do your shopping. There’s nothing as cool and cash saving as being in the right store, with the right shopping list.
Choicelessness is an awful shopping habit. Planning and checking out stores and prices gives you time to kill any choiceless habits.
Shop at the right time of the year
Aside from the ultimate basic need, food, other shoppings should be done at the right time of the year.
Shopping for clothes, shoes, bags, kitchen utensils, office equipment, and the likes should be done at the right times if you truly need to leave your pocket wet.
Most people just love to dash into any store, on any day of the week or month.
Study proposed shopping store to know price slashes and promo periods.
This helps you save, no matter how little, when put together, gives you leftover cash in your pocket. This is most effective when you’re shopping in bulk.
Be as friendly as possible
Finally, there’s nothing as attractive as shopping friendliness. Shopping is fun, enjoy every bit of it.
Keep a friendly smile with the store attendant, it works magic, they are trained to smile and be friendly.
However, a customer that smiles back, feels like heaven to them, they do not see that often.
They show you the best, most affordable and durable items to buy from the store. Luck could eventually also smile at you, and then your smile can earn your a price slash.