Think Before You Shop – 3 Ways To Save Money

by Pam on December 27, 2012

How often do you shop for something that you need? Are you constantly looking for a good deal? There are a lot of people out there that shop even when they don’t have the money and that is why I want to show you a few ways to save money even while shopping. Although this will take some mental power on your part, it is going to benefit you in the long run.

Stick to a plan.

The very first thing you must do if you plan on saving money while still shopping is to stick to a plan. By plan I am talking about creating a plan as to which stores you are going to shop at, how much you will spend at each one and what you plan on buying. The reason why planning is so important to saving money is because it eliminates the amount of money you spend on things you don’t need. A lot of people will spend roughly 15% of their money just on things that catch their eye, so make sure you avoid this altogether.

Check out the clearance section.

Another thing you need to do in order to save money while shopping is to go to the clearance section of the store before you look around at the rest of it. The reason you must do this if you are serious about saving money is because there are still quality items in the clearance section. What most stores do is they put all out of season clothes and other items on clearance just because they know that won’t be a big seller at that point. Remember, if you are looking to save money then you can’t buy the best and newest items because those are usually marked up just because the store knows that people want them.

Create a budget.

Finally, the best way to save money is to give yourself a budget. This is especially important around the holidays. What most people don’t understand is that you need to give yourself small budgets as opposed to larger budgets. For instance, if you are shopping for the holidays, then make sure you give yourself a budget for each person you are shopping for. Another example if you are shopping for food for your house is to make a budget for each trip to the store as opposed to a full budget for the month.

Saving money is not as difficult as you may think; however, you need to plan for it. Don’t just think that you will save money without even trying because it doesn’t work like that.

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