Being smart is essential in handling your money. The same applies whenever going shopping. To be a frugal shopper, it is important that you think of your money’s worth first. Here are some tips to effectively smart shopping:
o Plan your purchases. Frugal shopping is nil without planning ahead.
o Organize your list. – include in your lists the occasions in the whole year. Keep this list with you all the time and check it
o Research well. Include in your research the times when there are sales and cheaper items you can buy. Learn what you need, what are available and what are practical for your purchases.
o Shop early for the holidays, you know very well how much higher prices rise on holidays like Christmas season. Buying the presents for your family and friends before the Christmas rush starts will leave you with big chunk of savings.
o Identify your budget and be firm in staying within it. Create your own budget for the year or for the month. It may be hard to always stick in the budget limit you have so it will be wise to give yourself some allowance for your frugal shopping or impulse buying. Make sure that the allowance is reasonable.
o Look out for discount sales. There is nothing wrong in checking out discount sales in department stores, closeout and clearance sales. You will be surprised how much you save from these sales than when you buy the exact item from another shop that is not on sale.
o Never buy the first item you check. Planning on what you buy can sometimes be a disadvantage for you when you rush to the mall and pick up the first item in your list without minding the tag on the item. Be sure to check if you are not paying too much for your shopping. It will be a lot better if you can check out items you plan to buy online and have time to compare prices. Getting the best quality with the lowest price is possible when homework is done!
o Know your consumer rights. Be sure to know the warranties and guarantees you get with the purchased items. You can save a lot whenever you will be given that free home service repairs especially on appliances and furniture items.
Setting your budget for your shopping needs is a fun way of saving money. Once you get used to the habit and the process of keeping your budget and your spending limit in mind first, it will just be as natural and easy!