Don’t you get excited when you hear this word?
I hope most of us do.
But shopping is not as fascinating as it sounds, behind this, a story of energy and budget is hidden.
Compared to women, men are more sensible.
Don’t take me wrong, I am a woman too.
But the truth is women are more shopaholics than men.
Let’s say some men too.
This craziness of shopping left your wallet empty.
Getting rid of shopping is impossible but getting rid of high-budget shopping is possible.
So why not find a solution for it? And that is, what tips do you need to follow for cost effective-shopping?
If you want to save your time and money then do follow these tips, they will keep your budget in hand.
1. IN BLACK AND WHITE
This is the most important, I repeat most important tip to keep in mind. What I am trying to say is before shopping, put down everything you need on a piece of paper.
If you hate writing on paper, worry not coz you have your cell phones with you, when on earth they will go to help?
If you will not list down the things you need, then they will skip from your mind and other unnecessary things will become part of your shopping too.
You can choose the online shopping trend to save your money. Not only all fares will be saved but you will not get tired too. Most of the important are you can have all the options on your desktop. You have a huge time to think and decide. Most brands offer free shipping, free refund, and a return policy. We have observed many people buying online.
You need to keep this thing in your mind that BUDGET is your first choice so you need to stick with it. If you shop without budget planning, it will be an ineffective idea for shopping. If you have no idea how much you have to spend on a specific stuff/thing then your budget limit will exceed.
Forgive me here, for calling your kids monster, but the truth is children mostly act like a monster, and on shopping, they become giant monsters, lolz…
So it’s better to leave your kids at home because they will not let you shop and fortunately if they let you then their never-ending wish list will burn your budget plan into ashes.
I know that some of us are brand conscious, but it doesn’t mean that you have to strictly follow it. You have to meet your budget requirements first, not brand requirements. You need to seek other brands too, if they have good quality and they don’t cost much and fit according to your budget as compared to the brand you used to follow, then trying different brands will give you benefits in all ways.
You can get discounted online kitchen products too.
Shopping not only takes a lot of time but it consumes your energy too. So instead of buying energy drinks, and water bottles, during shopping; it’s better to keep your water bottle or fresh juices with you. They will not only keep you hydrated but also save you money and time.
How does this work for you? Keeping the receipts safe with yourself, helps you to analyze and compare the results of different stores. It will benefit you in the future. By taking a glance at receipts of different stores you can compare which store helps to cut your cost and which will be suitable for your budget.
One of the biggest mistakes that most of us do is; we shop for a week. In this way, your money, time, and energy everything will waste. Due to this not only is your car fuel wasted too, indirectly if you will calculate the amount of all these, then you will realize that it cost thrice your budget. It’s better to shop for a month than for a week.
A roughly estimated tally will help you to keep aligned with your budget. Whatever you are buying, add them together and write them down on your cell phones, in this way you will better know, what you need to replace or quit.
For the sake of saving time, most of us rely on ready-made or frozen foods. And we don’t realize that these frozen and ready-made foods cost a lot, as compared to those which we prepare at home. Secondly, they are nutrients. So now is the time for you, to ask a question to yourself. Can you compromise your budget and health, just to save some stupid minutes??
During shopping, you need to be highly alert and active. If you become careless you will have to pay for it. You need to take the cashier on your toes, so if they misprice any item, you can catch them red-handed.
SALE SALE SALE!!!
This word has a magnetic effect on us. Wherever it is written, we automatically draw towards it. And mostly we try to stock it up. So it’s a good idea, it will save you money. Hence, it’s a tip for you. If there is a sale on any item or product then pick those items in bulk.
Out-of-season products are purchased at a low price. Mostly the things which you feel are difficult to buy can be grabbed in clearance or sale season.
Store-saving cards are a great help. If you have them, then take advantage of them, it can be a good deal for your most loved store. The only time you should consider receiving a store card is if you consistently go through a deal with a specific store.
Never think that only big stores have good quality products. People, who think like this, end up wasting a lot of money. So select only those stores, brands, and products that are affordable for you and don’t exceed your budget limit.
Discounts are offered by many stores when you take your bag shopping. Before checking out you can ask a cashier if stores offer bags discount. If it does, then it will be a plus point for you. Usually, you can get five cents per bag; which means reusable bags can save you money in the long run. They are available in a variety of materials. If you are worried about how to carry them, don’t worry, coz grocery bags have shoulder straps, zippers, and multiple partitions which can keep your items safe.
They not only save your money, but their usage also helps the environment by reducing pollution and conserving energy, hence they are eco-friendly too.
This one is to keep in mind. You need to compare your price with the weight of the product. If there is a slight margin, your wallet might offer to pay.
For example: If you are purchasing a bar of butter and you are getting 20 Ounce in $12.50 and 30 Ounce in $19.90 then you should choose 30 Ounce.
Because there is just a slight margin of 50 cents, and by choosing this, you can avail the product in large quantities.
Why do you need to worry when you have such an amazing companion with you? Now you will think which companion am I talking about??
Hello, Credit Card is here
Most credit card holders got benefited from different discount offers. So while shopping at different stores and of different brands, you can take advantage of this opportunity.
-This shirt is looking awesome, is this available in a small size?
-Sorry, ma’am, it’s not. Oh! Mmm…No problem, pack it. He can wear it when he will grow.
Isn’t the above conversation look funny?? Of course, it did. But usually, we get to hear this during our shopping.
I can understand your love for your children, but it doesn’t mean that when you go out for your kids' shopping, you try to buy everything. Even you ended up shopping for their clothes and stuff for their future use, which is just a waste. So just focus on the present need, not on the future.
If any item is available for sale, move and grab it, in case, unfortunately, that store has run out of stock, ask the cashier or salesman for a rain check. So you can avail that product later with discount.
Non-Perishable items include dried herbs, spices, rice, kind of pasta, and so on, and take part in our grocery shopping. So try to purchase the non-perishable items that are available in small cellophane bags from grocery stores in bulk, because they are much cheaper as compared to ones, that come in glass jars.
Instead of visiting superstores and wasting a lot of money, it's better to check out local cultural markets. Because over there you can easily bargain on certain products and you can explore some new exciting ingredients too.
One important tip is to check out the sell it today section. Most grocery stores want to clear out their stock, and they place those items on sale. So take advantage of this opportunity and grab those items.
If you shop with an empty stomach then your mind will not concentrate. And you will end up in a store to feed up your tummy. Buying unnecessary snacks and meals during shopping will divert you from your list and your budget will increase too. Instead of purchasing things to feed your tummy during shopping, it’s better to bring snacks from your home.
We all used to do this. We usually go out shopping and mostly after shopping, we move towards a restaurant for lunch, dinner, or brunch. If you look into this matter then you will realize that unintentionally you are diverting from your target.
Your main task was to shop; visiting restaurants will again cost expenses from your pocket.
A healthier mind makes better choices, not emotional decisions. Crazy friends for shopping make you feel down. Never be a part of shopaholics’ schemes. Your little wise decision can save your budget and your saved money can benefit you in your bad times.
“Greed is the root of all evils”
We have heard this proverb a lot and it’s true. Instead of what more can we get, focus on what you already have. Shop according to your list and use the coupons for the stuff and things that you plan to buy. The others were only there to distract you and cause more burden on your pocket.
While shopping, just focuses on your list. Don’t look at other stuff and shops with lustful eyes. They will always play their role to distract you from the major target. So whatever comes your way, let it be and move on.
Budgeting is not a simple task it is an art and not everyone is an expert in this. I know it is difficult to compromise on your needs, but you can have control over your desires. Following these tips while shopping can save your budget to a great extent. Let me know what tips you follow in case I missed out on any.