This idea might be too simple for you if you are a champion in terms of shopping. You might know every part of your shopping spree until it becomes a problem. As you can see, shopping can be addictive. To avoid that urge and to shop smart, don’t just head to the direction of the supermarket. You must familiarize yourself first with the strategies that will help you in your shopping.
I hope that you shop because it’s needed and not because you are compelled to do so. To revamp your shopping strategies, here are my 10 buying tips that will categorize you as a smart shopper:
- You need two lists. Everybody knows that when you go to the grocery store, a shopping list is needed to keep you from overspending. But really, a second list is also needed and that is a how-to-shop list.
- Know the best time to shop. Some would say that shopping in the morning works well for you no matter what your preference is. I would say that while shopping in the morning has some advantages, shopping late at night can be an advantage if you are a night owl. It really depends on what works for you.
- Quality should always be over quantity. Don’t just buy items because they are cheap. Items that are superior in quality can be more expensive, but they are durable. This can cost you less in the long run because they last longer.
- Limit your purchases. You are not depriving yourself of getting the things that you need if you are setting a limit to your shopping budget. This will just prevent you from spending too much.
- Ask yourself many times if you really need that item. Imagine the dilemma when you bought the item, but you haven’t used them. You should not allow yourself to be tempted to buy things that are not necessary.
- Don’t go shopping while tired, bored, or hungry. These are emotional states that could trigger you to overspend in shopping. When at these states, you will tend to shop unconsciously and buy things that you want, not what you need.
- Shop only with the cash that’s on your wallet. Using your debit or credit card can lead you to deviate from your budget and overspend. Paying in cash makes you realize that you are paying for what you buy. Also, this will save you from credit card fees which are very real.
- Compare prices. Comparison shopping can be tricky at times. Don’t compare the total price of brands, but compare the price per amount of product that you want to buy. This comparison is more realistic than comparing total prices.
- Don’t snub generic items. Branded items are more expensive than generic ones. You are paying extra for the brand that you like, but going generic can save a lot of cash especially when you are buying perishable items.
- Familiarize your supermarket. Knowing your shopping area can save a lot of time from locating the items that you need. Also, you will know what time they are less crowded and the time that they are on sale.
In conclusion, you should be aware of your shopping habits. In this way, you can evaluate yourself if you are a smart shopper or not. If not, you should allow yourself to be immersed with strategies that will make you a smart shopper. In the end, these strategies can really save you from the hassle in the supermarket.