This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo.
If you are someone who likes to find ways to cut costs, then becoming a savvy shopper is a must. Being smart about how, when, and where you shop, can have a massive impact on the amount of money that you’re spending, making it a perfect method of keeping your spending costs low. However, there’s a common misconception that becoming a savvy shopper and cutting spending costs is somewhat difficult to do and takes a lot of time and effort. But that’s actually not the case, or at least, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, cutting your costs when shopping couldn’t be easier, it’s just a case of using the right methods, that’s all. To find out what they are, read on.
Research the best deal and discount sites
The first step to becoming a savvier shopper should be to take the time to research and read up on all the best deal and discount sites. You will find that there are hundreds to choose from, but that not all sites are equal. So start off by reading budgeting blogs, take note of the sites that are recommended, and create a spreadsheet. Put the name of the site, the website link, and their niche onto your spreadsheet, so that you have a simple guide to which sites are best for different types of deals. Once you’ve tried out the different sites, perhaps you could add another column where you rank them out of five stars – five being fantastic and one being poor.
Utilize the internet
The key to saving those pennies when shopping is to utilize the internet. Although shopping in-store can allow you to save money, shopping online makes making savings much easier. This is because you are able to compare deals more easily – all it takes is a click of the mouse to switch between pages. For instance, say you choose to shop online come Christmas, you’d find that Christmas shopping at Fingerhut, or on other deals sites, would be much easier than shopping in store because you could view all the deals and discounts on offer for various stores in a matter of seconds. To utilize the internet to make savings, it’s also important to subscribe to updates from all of your favorite stores. That way, whenever they are holding a sale, you should receive an email about it.
Create a to-buy list
Sit down and put together a to-buy list, so that when a sale is on, you are able to refer to your list to see if any of the items on your list are on sale. Birthday gift ideas, Christmas ideas, anniversary presents, items for your home, clothing – the list could go on and on. By creating a list of all the things that you want to buy, you can make it easier to get the most out of deals and discounts as you’ll have a list in front of you of all the items that you need to buy. Meaning that you won’t miss out on a deal because you forget that you need a certain item.
See, becoming a savvy shopper isn’t as difficult as you would think, is it? Take note of the tips above, and you can ensure that you are making the most incredible savings.