Shop Smart, Not Silly!

by Patti | September 16th, 2008 | Money Saving Hints

There are always ways to cut costs when you go shopping for practically anything. The key is to know how to find bargains and to learn how to make every dollar and every cent count for a lot. Read on for some shopping suggestions that can save you money, time and energy.

-When you are writing up a grocery list of items that you need to purchase, flip through the sale flyers for your local stores. Compare prices in the flyers and jot down items that are the best prices. If the stores are in different areas of your community, go to one shopping mall for some of the items on your list one day and go to the other stores the following day.

-If there are stores that are reasonably close, combine your errands with your exercise for the day. If you only need a few items at the store, then bring a shopping bag or backpack with you and walk both ways.

-If possible, shop for clothing and the accompanying accessories in the off-season when prices tend to be lower. Another option is to wait for the sales that happen at the end of every season. Buy a swimsuit for next year at the end of the summer season, and you will pay a great deal less than if you wait to buy it the following spring!

-Don’t turn up your nose at second hand shops or thrift stores. These stores have much to offer in terms of clothing, furniture, household items, etc. It is not unheard of to find items at these stores that are practically brand new. For example, if you have spent a fortune decorating your home you might decide to decorate the recreation room, the extra bedroom or your children’s playroom with items purchased at thrift stores. No one has to know where you bought your stuff!

-Refrain from using credit cards, debit cards or checks whenever possible. Instead use cash. Why? Cash is much more difficult to part with it because you can easily see how much you have spent. If you buy with cash, then you are less likely to waste your money on things you do not really need.

-When fruits and vegetables are in-season they are cheaper. This is when you should stock up. Freeze a good portion so that you will still have lots to choose from when the prices start to rise!

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