Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Shopping - How to Save Money

I have a handful of rules that I go by when it comes to shopping. I hope these rules may come in handy for you.
The tips are in no particular order, so perhaps ignore the numbering.


1)  If you don't love it, don't buy it
I've followed this notion for many years and I've stuck to it at least 98% of the time, haha. I have always preferred to save my money, and this guideline helps a lot for me. Plus, I'd rather not waste money on a pair of shoes or shirt that I will only wear a handful of times before getting rid of it. 

2)  Know your budget and stick to it.
If you are on a budget, no matter how big or small, don't cause yourself needless worry/regret down the line by buying too many items, causing you to spend more than you can/should. You may love those sparkly shoes now, but remember that their will always be other sparkly shoes in the future.

 Don't get me wrong I love shoes like any woman, but this is far too many.

3)  Don't shop 'just because.'
I am not saying that you can not shop for fun. What I mean is don't make shopping such a habit that
you end up shopping every week; that can really add up, ya. To give you an idea, the main time I shop is when I'm wanting to update my wardrobe, which isn't often (perhaps 3 or 4 times a year). As well, when I do shop for fun, I don't do it often likewise. Mm, at the same time when shopping for fun, I ask myself questions like:
"Do I need this?"    
"Do I love this or just like it?"     
"Can I wear this with the clothes I already have?"

I love clothes, shoes and a nice space to put them in, but if you need a closet like this, perhaps scale back a bit. But that is my instinct.

4)  Self restraint
This may come easily or hard, depending on how you are. I have taken this into practice over
the years and even my husband agrees that I'm good at restraining myself from buying something, whatever the reason. I think this tip really envelops tips 1-3 already, if that makes sense. So I don't think this tip needs further explanation, it speaks for itself. 

 ...Not enough variety for me.
5)  Avoid buying exact replicas.
I can understand getting 3 layering tank-tops of the same style in three different colors. You can get great use out of them and create many varying outfits. What I don't get is having 7 pairs of dark denim jeans that look freakishly similar or 5 lace dresses with little variation in style. After all, if you're wanting to add variety to your wardrobe, that's not the way to go, mhmm.
I think these 5 tips are a great start. If I think of anything else, I'll let you know!
How do you save money when shopping?

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