How often have you set out on a shopping extravaganza only to return home to find that you’ve purchased way more than you planned? With the rise in prices these days, it’s really important to stay focused when you go shopping. It’s much too easy to get carried away. I think that happens to me every time I go shopping. If I don’t at least have a mental list of the things I want, I almost always come home with a dozen things I don’t even need. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure I’m writing this article more for myself than anyone else. So to help us all out, I thought I’d share 5 helpful tips on how to shop with purpose.
- Have a budget and stick to it – Setting a budget for your shopping trip is easy. Actually sticking to that budget is another story. It goes without saying that having a budget is always a good idea, just be sure to figure out how to hold yourself accountable in the event that you do overspend. Never go above what you planned to spend because you’ll regret it later, I promise.
- Make a list – Looking back at the times I didn’t overspend, I find that it was because I at least had a mental list of what I wanted to get beforehand. It’s equivalent to making a grocery list.If you know what you want or need to get, those are usually the items you leave the store with.
- Resist the urge to go into other departments or stores – If you’re going to Macy’s to visit the shoe department, try parking as close to the entrance for the shoe department as possible. The same thing goes for the mall. If you know you want to go to Gap (for example), try parking your car near an entrance that will get you as close to that store as possible. This way, you can avoid the urge to go into another department or store. This, of course, assumes that you’re familiar with the layout of the store or mall you’re going to. If you don’t, you’ll just have to be strong and stay focused…or refer to tip #4.
- Take a shopping buddy – This tip can be a lifesaver. If you have an angel on one shoulder that consistently loses out to the devil on the other shoulder (like I do)…then you’ll need a shopping buddy to be your conscience. Having a voice of reason around you can really save you money. Whatever you do, don’t take the friend that always agrees with what you want…or you’ll be broke.
- Search online ahead of time – This can be a really helpful tip. A lot of times you can go into a store with an item in mind only to find that the item is not available at that store. Doing a search online to find which stores carry the item you want can help you stay focused.
I hope you find these tips helpful. I certainly plan to put them into practice for my next shopping trip!
So, what do you think about my 5 helpful tips on how to shop with purpose? What are some of your tips?