10 Tips on How to Be a Smart Shopper
Do you wish you possessed savvy shopping skills that can help you spend your money wisely?
If you're looking for useful ideas on saving extra money for the holidays, here are 10 tips on how to be a smart shopper. Keep them in mind next time you’re in store or online shopping:
1. Buy Clothes at the Right Time
Time your clothing purchases right to save hundreds during your shopping. Buying during holiday sales, Black Friday discounts, and other offers may get you the best deals ever (even for new collections).
2. Start Buying the Christmas Presents Now
No, it’s not too early to start Christmas shopping! Buying gifts for your long list of loved ones one or two months in advance is a wise option if you don’t want to end up spending a tiny fortune from your December pay-cheque.
3. Buy Better Quality Clothing
Even if it sounds contradictory, spending more money on clothes means you'll get more value out of high-quality pieces that actually fit you and will last you longer.
4. Buy Only What Suits You Best
Once you find a piece that fits you perfectly, buy multiples of it. You will save money because you won't need to buy clothes to replace the ones that don't work for you.
5. Care for Your Clothes
Protect the garments you love properly! Always check the label to learn how to care for your clothes, properly wash or "dry clean" them.
6. Measure Your Body Often and Accurately
Measuring your body properly can save you both time and money when buying clothes and shoes online. Measure your bust around your chest, your waist around the belly button, and around your hip bones for your hip measurements. Keep these numbers handy when you’re ready to start shopping online.
7. Check the Sizing Charts of the Online Shops
Before you start adding clothes to the shopping cart, make sure you explore the section of the online clothing retailer’s website devoted to sizing information.
Some brands simply fit larger or smaller, so don’t rely on the dress size until you’ve checked the sizing charts accordingly and determined which size would fit your measurements best.
8. Set a Budget
Don’t overspend on things you don’t want, need or use. Set an approximate budget on what you are going to spend per one shopping trip, per one month, or quarterly. You want to feel great about each shopping experience, and the only way to do that is by not buying more than you can afford.
9. Shop the Classics
Make sure that your wardrobe is full of not so many, but high-quality classics that fit perfectly. The “classics” are items that you can wear all the time, such as jeans, LBD, black leggings, or items that can last thousands of washings.
10. Sell and Trade
Consider selling the items that you’ve stopped wearing recently. Whether that be an online eBay auction or a local Facebook neighborhood sale group, you will end up having more money in your pocket afterward. Another generously smart option would be to send the items to a friend and donate the rest.
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