No need to deprive yourself of shopping if you're trying to save money! And you don't need to become an extreme couponer either to get some great deals. How do you do it? Follow these tips that smart shoppers use to shop more and spend less.
Shop In Your House
Before you go out to buy something, check those closets to make sure you don’t already have it, or something similar! This goes for food, clothes, or even household items.
You’re Already On Your Computer – Shop Online!
You’re less likely to buy something you don’t need when you shop online, so try that before you go to the store.
Reuse Plastic Containers From The Store
They’re just as durable as Tupperware, and come with your food!
Keep Your Budget With You
Write it down and keep it in your wallet next to the picture of your dog. That way you’ll have a constant reminder not to exceed it.
Eat Before You Grocery Shop
Of course, those chips look delicious when you’re starving. But do you really need them? Eating before you shop can help you stick to your grocery list.
Take Out The Cash You Want To Spend Before You Go Shopping
It’s pretty simple. No more cash, no more stuff!
Take Advantage Of Discounts
If you regularly shop somewhere and they offer discounts in the form of gift cards, take them.
Stick To Your List
Make a shopping list beforehand. Sticking to it can help you avoid buying things you don’t.
Buy In Bulk
For any non-perishables that you always need, buying in bulk is the way to go.
Shop When Things Are Going Out Of Season
Buy your bikini in the late summer– it’ll be half-off and give you the motivation to fit into it next season.
Go For The Generic
For things like medicines and household items, go for the generic. It’ll get the job done just the same and save you cash.
Don’t Buy Impulsively
If you’re going to be in a rush, choose another time to go shopping. You may end up regretting what you buy. Take your time and really think about each purchase.
Don’t Buy Foods You’re Just Going To Binge Eat
As impressive as it is to finish a bag of Cheetos in 4 minutes, think about how much better you’ll feel without the extra calories or hole in your wallet.
Grocery Shop From The Least To Most Expensive Store
Get as much as you can at the cheapest store, and move to more expensive stores for things you want to spend more on.
Go For The Basics
Buying basic pieces that will last a long time is better than buying pieces that will go out of style quickly.
Stay Away From The Inner Aisles
Grocery stores are designed so you have to cross the whole store to get the basics, like eggs and milk. But try not to weave between every aisle, adding more and more to your cart.