Tags: Shopping, Shopping habits, Good shopping habits, shopping well, planning for shopping
Things you will need: A pen, a notebook, Family members, money
Step 1: Know the reason for shopping As you begin doing the shopping, always remember to ask yourself the main reason for shopping. This is important because it will help keep you focused on what you are looking for.
Step 2: Know who will be going for shopping Get to know if there are any other people who will be going for shopping apart from you. This will help you know whether you will be able to buy some things that can turn out to be very private hence causing some embarrassment.
Step 3: Get a favorite shopping joint If you don’t have a favorite shopping joint, get one. This will help you get someone who will be loyal to you and will understand you better than most people.
Step 4: Develop a budget The first and most important habit that any shopper worth his salt should develop is that of making a budget before going for shopping. When making a budget, it is important that you set out by outlining what you need before you state how much money you have. Once you have outlined what you want to buy, it is then time see how much money you have. If what you have budgeted for exceeds the amount of money you have, cut down on your budget until it fits.
Step 5: Make Good Use of Discounts There are usually many opportunities where you can make use of discounts that are usually available at any given time. Of course, things such as vegetables and foodstuff are things that are bought regularly and therefore it makes no sense to wait until a certain season arrives before you make your purchase. However, with goods like television sets, phones and other items, it won’t make any harm for you to wait a while for the discounting season.
Step 6: Don’t buy what you can borrow Desist from buying long term assets that you can borrow. Though borrowing is not always a good thing, but learning to borrow or rent something that you know you will only need once or twice a year can really help you avoid unnecessary purchases. Take for example that you need a wheelbarrow a to carry something. You can just borrow or even rent a wheelbarrow from someone and save yourself the task of having to buy a wheelbarrow unnecessarily.
Step 7: Ask for advise Always learn to ask people about their opinion about something that you would like to buy before going ahead to buy it. Apart from helping you avoid the embarrassment of buying a useless product, asking people can help you get ideas on where to get better products at cheaper prices.
Step 8: Use cash only Use cash instead of debit cards and credit cards. Dong this will help you in the sense that you will learn o only buy what you have budgeted for and therefore avoid impulse buying. At the same time, you will also learn to spend the money that you have instead of spending money that you don’t have and on things that are not important in any way.
Tips * To avoid making purchase which cause you regrets later own, always try to focus on purchasing quality even if it will cost you a little more.
* Focus on what you need and not necessarily what you want
Warning * When making purchases online, always be careful that you only release you information to organizations that you can trust.