10 Tricks to Shopping More Efficiently

You can become more efficient at any task – even shopping. Here are some of our best tips to save you time and money.

1. Research.

Luckily, this tip is easy to follow because most of us end up online shopping when we’re bored. If you’re in need of a new laptop or a new dress, it’s always good to do some research before you click add to bag. Are you shopping in an off-season? If you sign up for a newsletter, will you get a coupon code for your first order? Is it better to shop in store? All of these things will save you time and money if you spend a little time looking into them.

2. Don’t window shop.

We advise against window-shopping since it’s usually a waste of time. Very rarely do we find items we need that are also within our budget. Usually, we end up buying more expensive versions of stuff we could get somewhere else. Keep your eyes straight ahead and your wallet closed.

3. Budget.

How much can you spend on your purchase? Is it a want or a need? We’ve already talked about the need for you to create a budget and stick to it. If you know what you want to spend in an advance, you won’t be scared when you get your credit card statement later.

4. Go alone.

Shopping and hanging out with your friends seems like an effective way to kill two birds with one stone. But more often than not, you end up buying items you don’t really like that your companions suggested for you. If you need a second opinion, text a photo. You’ll still get a response in seconds.

5. Have an open mind. 

Whether you’re shopping for dinner or shopping for a new phone, it’s important to keep an open mind. Stores are motivated to get the merchandise they have on hand out the door. So if something you wanted originally wasn’t available but a discount is being offered on a similar item, go for it! You won’t waste time having to order anything and you’ll save money.

6. Price match.

If you’ve done you’re research, you should know that quite a few retailers are willing do a price-match. If you find your item selling for less at a competitor, they’ll match the lower price so as to not lose your business.

7. Watch out for promotions.

Whether this means not throwing away the circulars that come with your newspaper or clogging your inbox with a few more newsletters, it’s definitely worth it. You can’t take advantage of deals or discounts if you don’t know about them.

8. Know the return policy.

Don’t be afraid to return or exchange things you don’t like. Sometimes the only way to know if an item works for your life is to take it home and use it. So it’s always good to look for the return policy before making a purchase. Will you be able to get your money back or will you only be issued store credit?

9. Look into your credit card benefits.

Most of us remember to check if retailers have deals going on. But your credit card could also be running promotions that you should be taking advantage of. Will shopping at a certain chain earn you more frequent flyer miles?  If you’re shopping for a hotel room, you might find discount rooms with hotel chains that partner with your card issuer. Investigate before you buy.

10. Shop with a purpose.

Last but not least, make sure you’re shopping for a reason – AKA not because you’re bored! Like we said above, window-shopping can waste your time and your money. And we all know we could use more of both.

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Written by Roselyn Sebastian

You can become more efficient at any task – even shopping. Here are some of our best tips to save you time and money.

1. Research.

Luckily, this tip is easy to follow because most of us end up online shopping when we’re bored. If you’re in need of a new laptop or a new dress, it’s always good to do some research before you click add to bag. Are you shopping in an off-season? If you sign up for a newsletter, will you get a coupon code for your first order? Is it better to shop in store? All of these things will save you time and money if you spend a little time looking into them.

2. Don’t window shop.

We advise against window-shopping since it’s usually a waste of time. Very rarely do we find items we need that are also within our budget. Usually, we end up buying more expensive versions of stuff we could get somewhere else. Keep your eyes straight ahead and your wallet closed.

3. Budget.

How much can you spend on your purchase? Is it a want or a need? We’ve already talked about the need for you to create a budget and stick to it. If you know what you want to spend in an advance, you won’t be scared when you get your credit card statement later.

4. Go alone.

Shopping and hanging out with your friends seems like an effective way to kill two birds with one stone. But more often than not, you end up buying items you don’t really like that your companions suggested for you. If you need a second opinion, text a photo. You’ll still get a response in seconds.

5. Have an open mind. 

Whether you’re shopping for dinner or shopping for a new phone, it’s important to keep an open mind. Stores are motivated to get the merchandise they have on hand out the door. So if something you wanted originally wasn’t available but a discount is being offered on a similar item, go for it! You won’t waste time having to order anything and you’ll save money.

6. Price match.

If you’ve done you’re research, you should know that quite a few retailers are willing do a price-match. If you find your item selling for less at a competitor, they’ll match the lower price so as to not lose your business.

7. Watch out for promotions.

Whether this means not throwing away the circulars that come with your newspaper or clogging your inbox with a few more newsletters, it’s definitely worth it. You can’t take advantage of deals or discounts if you don’t know about them.

8. Know the return policy.

Don’t be afraid to return or exchange things you don’t like. Sometimes the only way to know if an item works for your life is to take it home and use it. So it’s always good to look for the return policy before making a purchase. Will you be able to get your money back or will you only be issued store credit?

9. Look into your credit card benefits.

Most of us remember to check if retailers have deals going on. But your credit card could also be running promotions that you should be taking advantage of. Will shopping at a certain chain earn you more frequent flyer miles?  If you’re shopping for a hotel room, you might find discount rooms with hotel chains that partner with your card issuer. Investigate before you buy.

10. Shop with a purpose.

Last but not least, make sure you’re shopping for a reason – AKA not because you’re bored! Like we said above, window-shopping can waste your time and your money. And we all know we could use more of both.

Liked this? Check out 8 Time-Saving Hacks!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian

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