Become a smart shopper
With increased personal income at disposal and of course things that are easily available, you need to become a smart shopper. The effects of advertising and consumerism have increased to such an extent, that many a times people end up buying things that they don’t even need.
How to make sure that you buy the things that you require and spend less doing that. Well there are certain tips that you can really follow.
How not to go overboard with shopping.
Don’t go shopping when you are really low or in a bad mood. You will use shopping as a retail therapy and buy even the things that you don’t need.
Carry a limited amount of cash. This means that you can buy only as much cash as you have. This will also ensure that you effectively stay within the budget.
We won’t say that don’t carry the credit cards while you are shopping. But resist the urge to charge everything to the card. Remember that at the end of the month, you will still have to make the payments. Junk all credit cards but one. This will ensure that you don’t transfer the balance from one card to the other.
How to buy when there are discounts or sales
Buy in sales. At least that’s what even the most fashionable women and men do. But when you shop in sale, go on the first day. This is because that’s the time that you would get to choose the best out of the lot. Try it, you can shop all that you want and still pay less. Try and window shop at the shops before the discounts and make a mental note of the things that you would like to buy.
Many-branded clothing will even offer 50% or 70% off on shopping above a certain value say Rs 10,000. Use this offer. Get a couple of friends together and shop for that value. You get the discounts and yet pay less. This is better than shopping alone and getting no discounts.
If you don’t want a particular thing, don’t buy it even when there is a heavy discount. On the other hand, if you need to buy gifts and presents, do so when there is a discount. Make a note of all the anniversaries and the birthdays and do your shopping during the periods of discounts.
Shopping online isn’t such a bad idea at all. You have the convenience of spending the money from your home; you can compare the price of the stuff at home. What more can you want?
Read the product review before you actually purchase the product, since it tells you about the quality of the product. There are a number of deals that are available both online and offline. Try checking them out.
You can even leave the products that you have shopped for in your shopping cart online. Sometimes the prices might just drop and you can surely make a kill.
If you are ordering stuff from outside the country, the shipping could be more expensive that the product itself. Check out the shipping charges, before you actually make a payment. Else, if you have an alternate address in the country (from where the product and website originates), you could do so.