Be a smart shopper

Jul 21

It’s a widely known and accepted fact that the economy has been on a roller-coaster ride over the past few years. The inflation rates are huge with the prices for everything going up by the day. That holds true for stuff that we use daily like our groceries, toiletries, kids products etc.

Even when it comes to travelling or maybe taking loans, things have becomes a little too pricy for the average earner. In such a scenario, how do we help ourselves and our pockets? Do we stop buying the stuff that we need, or do we stop stepping out of the house for an occasional vacation? Of course we can cut down on luxury trips and some items but not everything. It would be like stopping to live life altogether.

A better way to approach the problem is through smart shopping. It’s a technique through which you can purchase everything you need and maybe more and still stay within your budget limit. It might sound dreamy, but there are actually a few simple steps to ensure that you’re not paying too much for the things which you can have for less. Just keep the following things in mind:

Switch to alternatives

Whenever you shop for groceries or items of everyday use, instead of sticking to your selected brands, try to open up to new ones. In recent times, many small businesses have cropped up which offer great quality products at lesser prices. Such products fulfill your needs and are not too heavy on your pocket.

Be on the lookout for sales and special offers, sign up for emails

Keep yourself updated with discount sales and exchange offers hosted on brands and supermarkets. If possible, sign up to be informed about exciting deals on products so that you don’t miss a chance to save on your purchase. If you need to buy an electrical appliance for example, first inquire around if any dealer or store is going to open an exchange offer. That way, you can get rid of the old equipment for new one and also save on the deal.

Plan in advance and go for bulk purchase

Instead of going out to buy kitchen and daily use products every week or on need basis, plan ahead and make bulk purchase at the beginning or end of every month. Apart from vegetables, meat and dairy which rots soon, things like bathroom items, packaged eatables, laundry products and even clothes can be purchased months in advance and stored. At the start or end of each month, make a list of the supplies that need to be replenished and then step out to shop. That way, you don’t need to shop too often and you might end up purchasing some items before they’re prices go up.

Shop online more often

It might appear to be the same as buying from a physical store, but online shopping has its advantages. In situations where stocks for a particular item have expired at the physical store, you can always count on the online counterpart to provide them. Also, you are more likely to find out about deals and offers going on purchases online sooner and more often than on physical stores. Plus, you don’t have to step out of the comfort of your home to shop for small things, and who wouldn’t love that!

Subscribe to voucher websites

Over the past few years many websites hosting deals and discounts on a number of products and vendors have come up. Such websites have a list of big brands and stores registered with them and they keep hosting sales all around the year through which you can take the maximum benefit of your online purchases. They do so through voucher codes which you can supply to the brand website at the time you pay and save on your deal – as simple as that! That way, you don’t have to wait for stock clearance or yearend sales; you can save on every purchase you make. Checkout VoucherBin – one out of the list of many reliable websites. You can browse through the categories to fish for the products you need and then select the brand you need to buy that product from. It’s simple and effective.

If we start taking such baby steps towards shopping more effectively, over a period of time they will become a habit and before we know it, we’ll stop minding the small rises in prices every now and then. So remember to be smart when you shop!