Shopping was and still is a pastime of mine, but as I prioritize what I want to spend my money on, I’ve cut back on mindless shopping significantly. Over the years I’ve picked up some helpful shopping tips that I know will help you save money.
Don’t Pay Full Price
Whenever I go shopping with the intent to buy things or just to look, I look for the red Clearance or Sale signs. I never pay full price for items and that’s something I learned from my mom. Stores rotate sales and promotions every week, so don’t feel pressured to buy the newest jacket since it will likely be 15 percent off next week. Just keep your eyes open and explore the sales and clearance racks. You’ll save yourself some money and might find a stylish surprise!
Wait to Buy
So you’ve spotted the perfect floral printed maxi dress for the spring and summer, but you’re wondering how many times you’ll wear it and if you really need it. Take a picture of it on the hanger or try it on in the dressing room and snap a pic, then go home and sleep on it. If in three days or a week, you’re still thinking about the dress, then go back and buy it. Knowing that you’re willing to wait for something will help you only buy the things that you truly want. Patience pays off.
Check Stores’ Price Matching Policies
Sometimes you’ll find an item you want on sale online, but when you go to the store the price isn’t the same and likely more expensive than you were anticipating. Don’t be afraid to ask an employee if the store price matches themselves. I did this once at BestBuy when I found a FitBit cheaper on their website than in store. And the price matching goes for other stores too, so just ask. Don’t miss out on savings because you’re afraid the answer will be no. Just remember, if you never ask the answer is always no.
Calculate Cost Per Wear/Use
You want to make sure the new bag, watch or jacket you have your eye on is something that you’ll use multiple times. The more times you’re able to use something the higher your ROI will be on that item. If you see a pair of shoes that you absolutely need, but know you’ll only wear once or twice, pass on buying them because the cost per wear won’t be enough to justify your purchase. On the other hand, if you’re in the market for a smartwatch and you know you’ll use it everyday, then consider that an investment piece that will be well worth the money.
I hope you found these shopping tips helpful & feel free to share your own in the comments!