Spring Shopping

by Jaclyn Abergas | April 14th, 2009 | Money Saving Hints, Sales

picI love spring, and I love shopping. You know what I love more than that? Spring shopping! It’s the time of the year when it’s fun to shop. Colors everywhere. New clothes give us room to breathe. And it’s so exciting to see clothes that reveal, and not conceal, us.

But sometimes, if we don’t stop ourselves, spring shopping may bring more harm than is necessary. In our eagerness to get new clothes, we might end up buying more stuff that we need. What can we do to prevent that?

  1. Write it down. Write down everything you really need. Done? Good. Now write down a list of the things you may need. Done? Finally, write down a list of the things you don’t need. Now, when you’re  shopping, you actually have something that will help you decide whether you can justify purchasing an item.
  2. Stick to the list. What’s the point of having a list if you’re not going to use it?
  3. Hide the money. Bring only enough money when you go out. If you’re only using your debit card, then put only enough money in your account for spending. NEVER USE YOUR CREDIT CARD!
  4. Shop around. Look for bargains. Go online. Visit the mall. Browse catalogs. There’s always a better deal out there. And your goal is to find it.
  5. Wait 24 hours. If you feel temptation is kicking in, let go of the item, leave the store and come back after 24 hours. If after 24 hours, you still feel the same way about the product, then buy it. If not, then that’s money saved, right? Good!

You can do this. You can shop for spring but not go overboard. Good luck!

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