Some people are good shoppers, while many make terrible shoppers. Being a good shopper entails buying what you need within your comfort, at an affordable price and not having regrets later on.
Good shopping needs planning and self-control; without these two, you would be a terrible shopper.
5 tips that would help shop smarter
1. HAVE A BUDGET
If you don’t want to spend unnecessarily and over the odds, the first important thing you must do is set a budget. Don’t make the mistake of going to shop without having a budget, especially if you would be paying with your credit/debit card. A budget would help keep you and your finances in check.
2. HAVE A SHOPPING LIST
A budget is the first step then rearranging the budget planned for shopping into what you’re going to buy from the most important to the least important is the next big step. Having a list would give you a clear idea of what you plan to shop; you would be in check, you would be better organised and better still you would never forget any item you had in mind to buy. Write up a list when you’re home, and try to follow it judiciously when you are shopping.
3. DON’T GIVE IN TO DOUBLE MIND
Double mind is when you try to pick an item and you aren’t sure if you like it or not. When this happens and you end up buying the item, you might hate that item when you get home or just after you use it. If you aren’t sure you like the product then don’t buy it.
4. DON’T SHOP WHEN YOU’RE IN BAD MOOD
If you’re hungry, tired, angry, sad, worried, lonely or bored then this is a time to avoid shopping. If you shop at these tines, you are prone to spend unwisely and make irrational decisions which you would regret later.
5. DON’T BUY ON IMPULSE
Only buy what you need, don’t let the beauty of the store deceive you; always ask yourself what you need. The sales attendants are there to make you buy more; buy only what you need and avoid impulse buying.
With these five easy tips, your shopping just got better.