Who has been in a situation where you got an item simply because “It seemed like a good idea at the time” OR who has had a bad shopping Day? You go out with high expectations excited about new clothes only to get home, look at your new purchase and go “what was I thinking?”
If you’re guilty of any of this then do not stop reading, you need all the advice you can get.
- Prepare a basic shopping list – Having a list helps you avoid needless purchases and stick to a budget. The rule is that you’re not allowed to buy anything unless it’s already on your list. It’ll help keep your impulse shopping to a minimum.
- Carry the right amount – now this doesn’t apply to online shopping but you can’t spend money you don’t have. Before you go out, put the right amount of cash in your wallet to cover all the purchasing you plan on doing. If the cash runs out, your shopping spree is done for the day.
- Compare shops/prices– When shopping, go around or check online to compare prices. You can usually find good shopping deals online if you look hard enough. Don’t be a sucker when you see a price tag, do some searching it’ll also help you recognize if you need the product or not.
- Don’t Shop When You’re Bored – The silliest purchases happen when you probably shouldn’t have been shopping in the first place. Although this mostly happens with online shopping, try to keep busy.
- Pick Your Shopping Buddy Wisely– Not all shopping buddies are the best, some are shopaholics themselves and love it when you spend a lot because it makes them feel better about their purchases or they are simply impulse- happy buyers that are convinced every outfit looks great on you. Find a shopping buddy that will give you honest opinions and preferably one with frugal habits.
- Invest in Capsule Wardrobe Essentials– Now, it’s better to invest in some statement pieces instead of purchasing every new trend that comes out every season and becomes obsolete over time. (Read my previous post to find out what pieces you should invest in, You’re Welcome). Buy Pieces that are here to stay for long and you would be reaching out for them a lot often.
Do you have any other tips to share? Have you ever had a bad-buy day? Please leave a comment and share your tips and experiences with me. I’ll love to hear from you!Lynda