Whether it’s updating your wardrobe or kitting out your toolbox, we all have to go shopping sometimes. Some people love it and others hate it. Some view it as retail therapy and others see it as having to spend their hard-earned cash. Either way, it has to be done.
The thing is, money doesn’t grow on trees (as much as we wish it did) and we have to be smart when making purchases. So, here’s some quick advice on how to shop a little smarter.
Know what you want
Don’t just go “browse” the stores with your credit card in your hand. Have an idea of what you’re looking for before you hit the retail outlets. Look through some catalogues for power tools or fashion magazines for wardrobe ideas. Even if you need to see what’s out there before you make a definite decision, go in knowing what you’re looking for in general.
Make sure you want it
In theory you really wanted a pair of black skinny jeans and a white shirt. But in reality they just didn’t look that good. Don’t buy the outfit. It’s that simple. You have to make sure it’s exactly what you want before you hand over the cash or plastic. Know what you want and don’t pay for anything less. You may want to walk out the store with the second best option because it saves you having to look further but it’s a waste of money as you won’t really be happy with your purchase.
Have a budget and stick to it
Have a general idea of how much you’re willing to spend and don’t spend a cent more. Do some research on how much these items usually go for so you have realistic expectations. You may have to shop around to find the right option for the right price but your wallet will thank you at the end of the day.
Make use of the return policy
The Consumer Protection Act is there to protect you and you should make good use of it. If you aren’t fully happy with a purchase or it’s damaged in some way, make sure to take it back immediately. Don’t keep something just because it’s a hassle to go back to the store. But be sure to know the details of the store’s return policy before you buy to be sure you can return your goods.
Shopping a little smarter means you get the items you really want and save money at the same time. So, use this advice to make the right purchases.