Everyone loves shopping, but there are some important things to do which can make your entire shopping experience even more enjoyable. Here, in this post I will be compiling certain to-do’s while shopping which reduces stress after shopping and also prevents money burning a hole in your pocket.
So lets get started,
1. Deciding on a budget
Before you start shopping or when you plan to shop, always keep in mind to frame a budget keeping in mind your other expenses.Always focus to shop a little lower than the framed budget. Now this can be tricky, when you want to shop for a certain amount, we always tend to shop a little over the budget, but when you focus lower than the framed budget, you will avoid feeling guilty of over spending and not crunch on your other expenses.
2. Eat and Shop.
Always remember to step out for shopping right after eating a meal at home. You will save some money from eating out or if you want to shop for long hours, you will save a meal. Never shop on a hungry stomach, because you will not be able to make decisions or have a calm mind while shopping on an empty stomach.
3. Shopping Companion
When you shop with your friend, your mum or your family, always keep in mind that its important to take suggestions from them. But its equally important to listen to your mind. So never compromise on anything you like, take suggestions from others and decide for yourself. The final decision should be yours completely. This way, you will avoid thinking and getting depressed about something you liked but did not buy.
4. Online shopping Trap
When you shop online, always cross check if the website is trustworthy. Read reviews and shopping experiences while shopping in a website for the first time. Never shop without knowing about the website, their shipping procedures or hidden costs.
5. Use Coupons
These days coupons are so famous and available for food, clothing, salon, grocery and what not. Always search for coupons for that particular purchase. Even if you get a 2% or 5% coupon online, it will save you some money. There are certain websites, that solely advertise coupons, always have a check on those websites if you tend to shop a lot.
6. Make a List
Make a list of things you need, and the things you have whenever possible. I have a planner in my handbag, a notepad at home, so whenever I need something I write it down n take it with me while I go for shopping. It is very important to write down the things you have, which avoids buying the same thing over and over again.
7. Payment Option
Always try and pay using your debit card. If you have to use a credit card, always see to that you don’t cross your budget/limit. This always avoids the hassle of paying bills next month. I have seen many people who spend beyond their budget by using credit cards and struggle paying bills next month.
8. Keep yourself Hydrated
Always carry a bottle of water with you when you shop. Shopping can be tiring, especially shopping in a mall can be even more tiring because you have to walk and spend so much of energy. So keep yourself hydrated so that you don’t get dehydrated and tired.
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Have an enjoyable shopping experience!