Better Shopping

• 24 April 2008

Although I only end up purchasing about 5% {or less} of the things I spotlight on this blog, it's fun for me to dream a little...like any girl! As I've become more financially savvy over the years, I've learned a few things about the shopping experience as a whole. I thought I'd pass them along to you here. Be sure to share any thoughts or advice you might have in the comments section at the end of the post!


1. If you have children, don't bring them if you can swing it. If you're like me, you'll just end up making bad decisions on what to buy or not buy.

2. If you are even a little unsure about whether or not to purchase an item, don't. Put it on hold and think about it for a day or two. You'll either decide you can or can't live without it and likely save yourself the return/exchange hassle.

3. Set a monthly budget for "fun" purchases

4. When considering purchases, ask yourself, "Do I LOVE it?" and "Will I USE it?". Only fill your life with things you genuinely love or use.

5. Don't make shopping a weekly "recreational sport". Meaning, avoid going shopping every Saturday just for the sake of going shopping. You'll save a lot of money over time!

6. Fill your life and time with activities that don't cost money. For example, head to the gym, take the kids to the park, organize a closet, enjoy a free exhibit, do something nice for someone else or try a new recipe. These activities are fun, productive, and are the kind of thing that will bring real value to your life--quality time, a clean space to live, added cultural knowledge, etc.

So there ya have it...my two cents :) Does anyone else have any tips to share?

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