Become A Smart Shopper

by Elisa Adams

Yes, we need shopping to get what we need in out daily activities such as food, equipments, clothes and etc. However do you realize that sometimes shopping will lead to the increasing monthly bill or expenditure thus brings you problems. And that’s why we have to be smart when shopping.

Let’s see some tips on becoming a smart shopper.

The most important thing that you have to keep in mind is staying within your limits. Have a budget and decide how much that you can spend. There is possibility for you to spend more than you should if you don’t know your limit. Plan your shopping days so you know when to set your limit and implement it. Use shopping list so it can help you to determine the limit. Setting a limit before shopping helps a lot especially avoiding you from spending over the budget. I often read a nice method to prevent you from spending too much is by eating first before go shopping. Because things in supermarket will keep seducing you when your stomach is empty.

Plan before you go for shopping and always make sure to keep a shopping list. You might spend more than you should without a list. Prepare a list of the things that you need by checking your fridge, storage and etc. and make sure not to forget anything. Update your list when your things are running out and don’t update too late. The next thing is, absolutely – stick to the list when you do shopping. It only takes a few minutes to do the list so spare some minutes for the sake of your financial management.

Take your time to shop around and don’t make yourself too rush while buying things because rushing could result in mistakes. Look for a good sale where some retail items can be found in good offer or discount so you can save your budget for a good product. Ask friends, family and relatives for about the products and sale. They can help you to find the best price or any current offer from any supermarket or store. One more thing is to reduce your shopping trips. You save more than gas money when you reduce your trip. Unnecessary trip might resulting in buying unnecessary things so always keep the shopping list to practice this.

Now let’s talk about the shopping-time. The most important advice while shopping is beware of any marketing strategies. Yes, marketing strategies is essential to attract the consumers to buy the product however knowing the tricks will help to save your money. Always remember that bigger and prettier doesn’t always mean the better value and quality. Don’t forget to check the expiration date and ingredient of items before purchasing them. Make sure you pay the right price and if you notice that there’s a problem, politely refer to the counter or customers’ service section. It’s your right as a consumer and yes – it’s your money so ask for it.

Smart shopping is important if you want to maintain a good financial situation so be a smart shopper now.

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Retirement Lounge April 20, 2010 at 5:35 am

Don’t forget to use promotional vouchers that you find in magazines and newspapers to help you reduce your shopping bills further.

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Oscar At Real Life Money Management April 22, 2010 at 11:34 am

We just got back from Wal-Mart and bought $75 worth of groceries for $40 with coupons. It is amazing how much you can save once you learn how to use coupons effectively.

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Reputation Management April 29, 2010 at 8:38 pm

There are nice tips to become a smart shopper and I really like this informative post.I always keep my shopping list with me while shopping.Yes you have well written that it is advisable to be aware of marketing strategies.

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investment solutions May 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I think preplanned before shopping is good idea to save from money imbalance.

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