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Methods to save money by smart shoppingBY: Deena David | Category: Shopping | Post Date: 2009-07-10
Shopping is an everyday activity for most people. Some people take it one-step further. These are the compulsive shoppers. These people shop till either they exhaust all their money or their need for buying is satiated. Even ordinary people can become compulsive shoppers at times. There are a few methods if followed will help you save a lot of money by shopping in a smart way.
Shopping smart and saving money rarely go together unless you have a game plan. When you just go out to shop, in all probability you will end up buying things that you had no intention of buying and may not buy what you actually went out to buy.
If you follow the following ideas, it will help you shop smart and save a great deal of money.
1. Always shop with a list: Before you go out to shop, make a list of things that you need to buy. Plan in advance for a big purchase. If you go out to shop without a list, you may end up buying things that you like, but may never use.
2. Budget: Make a rough budget of the expenditure that will occur. Take money just to cover the items you are purchasing. If you take too much money, you may be tempted into buying things that you would not have intended to. This is an important aspect of smart shopping.
3. Have a game plan: Try looking for things in various shops. There are great bargains in certain shops at certain times. Look out for advertisements in the newspapers. That will be the chance for you to buy things at an unbelievably less price.
4. Attitude: Always shop with the right attitude. If you are in a elated mood, it is better to avoid shopping. When people are happy, they spend more on expensive things that may never be used.
5. Branded items: There may be certain branded items like designer clothes that are worth the money spent. That does not mean that all the things that you purchase should be branded. There are certain things that can be used for daily use need not be branded. Shopping smart can save you lot of money.
Nowadays with cards being used to purchase things in a shopping mall or even in small shops, people have started spending more and buying more expensive things. This may lead to a lot of financial problems. It may also be a waste of money, that can be better spent. Following the above tips while shopping will help save money by shopping smart.
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