Everyone loves a bargain. Saving money when you shop does not have to mean settling for less. Times are tough so we all want to save some money whenever possible. Here are a few ways to slash dollars off your shopping bills:
Patience is a virtue! You can save big if you wait until the item you want goes on sale. Once you’ve found a brand you like, check sites online before you buy. EBay is great for smaller, lower-priced items. Be aware of the added shipping costs though! For large items, consider local pick-up. Sites like Craigslist are great for this purpose. You can find deals on appliances, furniture, and much more. When you see the item you like, don’t be afraid to walk away if it’s not what you want. And always make sure you ask them if they will take less.
We all need food and toiletries. Here are a few handy tips:
- Make a grocery list. Making one will make sure you will get what you need and only what you need.
- Shop once a week! It discourages impulse shopping, you do not have to think about what to get every day, and you will save on time and gas money.
- Start home-cooking from scratch. Doing so will not only save you cash, it really improves the quality and nutritional value of your food!
- Look for coupons and sales. Store coupons, manufacturer’s coupons and in-store sales can save you lots of cash!
- Stock up on non-perishables and toiletries. If money is gets scarce, there will be a stocked food pantry.
When it comes to saving cash on clothes, here are some tips that can really help you save without looking shabby or outdated. Instead of going bargain shopping and ending up with a load of cheap bargains:
- Build on basics; it will be easier to spice up your look with a few new pieces or accessories!
- Buy some quality pieces, which will endure over time instead of the latest trends. These will cost a bit more to start with, but will remain good-looking after wash and wear.
- If you want to be trendy, go for something that will last a little longer than one season. With so many trends from the past popping up again, it’s worth hitting your local thrift and consignment stores. And if you just love designer clothing; look for sales and outlets.
- Do not go shopping when new stock arrives, wait for sales instead. And do not just buy something because it’s on sale. Give it a day or so to contemplate if you really need it.
- Learn how to make your own clothing. If you are handy with a sewing machine, you can piece together or fix up clothes to give them new life. Try it for yourself and let me know how you do!