How To Shop Wisely

Shopping is very enjoyable activity. I think most of woman like shopping. Shopping can be a short way to release stress. I heard some information that by shopping we can show our identity and make us pride. It shown when we bought a lot of stuff. By shopping make you feel that you are control of your life. But I have a question, Do you always have much money for shopping? with the condition right now. I mean we are facing global economic crisis. And I think we have more wisely to manage our financial.

I know for some people maybe shopping is a lifestyle. They were not satisfied when they don't bought many things, especially luxury things. I remember "Confessions of a Shopaholic" movie. This movie told a bout there is a woman, her name is Rebecca Bloomwood . She is a journalist. Her job is writing articles about how to manage finances. He spent his spare time with ... shopping. When it not suitable with what he wrote.shopping therapy is the answer to all problems. However, recently Becky was pursued with all the bills. She purchases all things using credit cards. and she can not not control it. She stuck with a lot of bills. She knew he had to stop, but she could not do it. She tried to reduce spending, tried to increase revenue, but nothing worked. The only solution is to buy something ... something for himself.

I know there are financial expert around hubpages member. But I try to give something useful for us. A little advice but I wish a big hope, it will useful for us. I know that shopping is fun activity. But if not careful you could unknowingly be tempted and buy various goods that does not necessarily needed. Well, here are some tips to make your stay in the right line and be able to save money when shopping.

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Read brochure

Every week a number of supermarkets are usually issued brochures or catalogs contain various information products for sale including the prices in their stores. Then check each of these brochures to see which supermarkets offer the things which attractive for many basic needs that you need. Select one supermarket, because visiting several places it spend the gas and your valuable time.

limiting visits

Doing shopping no more than once a week based on the needs list has been written. This is useful for avoiding the impulse of shopping habits that waste a lot of money. If you suddenly run out of certain foods before a week, go to the supermarket with enough money in your hand. Thus, you can prevent yourselves from buying other goods that are not needed.

Shopping Alone

If possible, leave the husband and children at home when you go shopping. With more people, the demand to buy things bigger than you go alone with your shopping list in your hand and probably you may not have to refuse all the demands. If you are single, avoid going shopping with many friends because the temptation to spend money will seem bigger.

Calculation

The discount on sale is not necessarily the best purchase. Be careful with big discounts. sometimes will make you buy more. Comparing each of the price of goods will make you get the best offer. If necessary, and more practical use calculator feature on your mobile phone to calculate and compare the price of various products.

Checking bonus

If you have a membership card of a supermarket, there are chances which you can get through that status. Such as discounts or specific product from any bonus after reaches a certain nominal spending. Do not forget to always check your bonus with the cashier when making a payment. However, do not push yourself to reach that nominal if you do not really need it, just to get the bonus.

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How to control yourself when you were shopping

  • Window-shop without money. Dopamine is a chemical substance in the brain that appears when you do something satisfactory, such as when shopping. Doing window-shop without carrying excessive cash or credit card / debit card. If you are still thinking about these things after two or three days, try to come back. This usually will reduce the sense of curiosity and the impulsive desire to buy new stuff.
  • Pay with cash. Credit cards have the power to deceive people to think that they do not spend money. You can buy something, then forget that you just spend money, because the bill had just arrived at your house for weeks later. Meanwhile, when you buy goods with cash, a deeper impression.We can save about 12-18 percent every time shopping by cash payment.
  • Change your attention. We can do that from the stores that usually makes you can not resist shopping. For example, you find it difficult not to shop when you arrive in a clothes shop, so limit yourself to spending the maximum amount of money or the amount of clothes.
  • Map a store line. More halfway in the store you pass, more purchases outside of your plan to do. The desire to make a purchase suddenly rose to 10 percent when you pass all the halfway in the shop. Plan what you want to buy, including its location before you go shopping.
  • Differentiate between what do we wants and what do we needs. When you are buying goods, ask yourself, do I have this kind of stuff at home? This decision make us more save in buying things.

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I do not prohibit or restrict you for shopping. but it's better if we can be wise in the shopping with the goal we can more efficient and doing the best in financial management. I hope you understand between advice and prohibition. I hope the best for us and we can be wise person in anything....amen.

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

My Dear Presetio, this is a really great hub, I am such a bad shopper, I spend money that I don't have. The only way I can stop myself if to not go into stores. I stay away. Of course I go grocery shopping and I still spend too much. This was a wise and important hub, thank you for talking about this.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

You got some really good tips here for shoppers!!!


AARON99 6 years ago

This hub is cosist with full of informations on shopping. Specially, when you are writing "Dopamine is a chemical substance in the brain that appears when you do something satisfactory, such as when shopping", this statement is so informative. Well done you have written a great hub. Enjoy.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your great, comprehensive hub with lots of good tips.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Great hub. I have a trick when I shop that saves me a lot of money. I pick up the item I want to buy and walk around with it for awhile. Pretty soon I get tired of it and put it back. It works every time.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

P, this is an awesome and great hub, I don't like shopping much as I'm a vegan true to my core and when I do shop I see waste, waste and more waste with needless chemically produce junk, NATURAL is such a beautiful thing! MORE vegan, organic shops I say! Peace :)


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entertianmentplus 6 years ago from United States

Very good hub..


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Darlene, I hope by reading this hub you can you can be wise shopper. I believe you can do that. This can be started with your heart and you promise it to yourselves.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you carolina, I hope they will be more wisely in shopping.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks AARON99 for stopping by, This chemical substance have a big influence in the brain when you shopping. That's why there were addicted people because of shopping. It called Shopaholic.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Prasetio, this is a terrific hub about shopping with many good suggestions. Thanks.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Hello, I hope this hub useful for us. We ca manages our finance well, including use the money for shopping.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good night Pop, I am glad you share your experience in shopping. ha.ha.ha It looks funny things. I laugh for a while after read your comment. I never thought it before, when we felt tired we put it back. It looks nice tips, and good to try.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Katiem2 for dropping by and give your opinion about this topic. I am glad to know your dedication and hold your principal become a vegan. I know not all of woman who like shopping, it proved by you. I really appreciate your comment. have a nice day!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you very much, entertianmentplus for supporting this hub.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Pamela, I am impressed with your comment. I try to give the best for us. My instinct always said like that. Or my instinct as a teacher should give something useful as a knowledge. Thank you very much.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Great hub Prasetio. I love to shop but I've had to cut back these last few years. You had some really great tips here in your hub. Keep up the good work.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Great advice.


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artrush73 6 years ago

Great Hub :) thanks for the tips. I have start following them :)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Nancy for coming to this hub. I know the great action from you to cut back. I think there was good reason behind this. We have to promise that it will good for our finance. Thank you for share with us.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

thank you sandy for stopping by. I hope you enjoy with all information above.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

thanks artrush73 for coming to this hub. I am glad you want to follow my tips. I hope the best for us. thank you very much.


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JannyC 6 years ago

shopping is tiring I do not know how people shop all the time. I went with my sister and wow I was pooped. She takes forever too. Im a get in and get out type shopper thus I dont over spend. Very wise tips enjoyed this.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Janny for share your thought here. I am very surprise that you don't like shopping. Because I heard the majority of woman like shopping. But it back to us. But to get daily need we still go to the market to buy something. But for "life style" reason, just for people who have a mot of money. Thank you very much.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Another hit prasetio, full of good and simple advices which are always the most effective ones. Rated and stumbled.


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

My brother Prasetio...

Excellent info here, my friend! You know how to pick the right subjects! That´s why you are a good teacher! You do your homework! Thumbs up!, my brother!

warmest regards and infinite blessings,

Al


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you hypnodude for your appreciation to this hub. We can try something useful from the small one. I think shopping is good to start. We can try it with happy feeling, I think it good for us.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, My brother Mystique1957 nice to see yo again to this hub. I am proud to be your friend and your lovely comment here. That's my duty as a teacher. And give suggestion is part of my life. I hope I can give the best for us. At least useful thing. Stay keep in touch my brother. Gracias.

Prasetio


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Great hub, with really good advice! Thank you.


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daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

Lots of great tips here.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you 2patricias for coming to this hub. I hope this hub useful for us and made us wise person in shopping.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Daisyjae, I hope this hub give a little benefit for us. Thanks for supporting this hub. Have a nice day.


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Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas

prasetio30 -- great hub and super advice. I found out years ago that I like the act of shopping (nosy and curious, I guess) and it's not the buying or having something that's the purpose. When I really need something I go buy it but otherwise I shop about 4 million dollars worth and rarely buy a thing. Crazy, huh? Best, Sis


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talha malik 6 years ago

hello ,this is really good hub with really good advice

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Angela for your confession here.

I can't say anything, with a lot of money you have spent only for shopping. 4 million dollars is a big money for us. And for me those are big,big and big money. I can't imagine how many items do you bought and I think most of them were luxurious things. It proved with a mount of money you spent in shopping.

Prasetio

I hope you can be wise in shopping. I know when we felt something bad we have to changed it directly. And I learn much from your story. Thank you Angela.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks talha malik for coming to this hub. I hope you can be wise person in buying something and you can share it to others. I'll check your link you gave to me.


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Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas

Prasetio30 -- perhaps my statement was misunderstood -- I was joking with you. I rarely BUY anything but get 4 million dollars worth of "looking" in. It's the process of getting out and looking at everything that I enjoy -- not the process of buying. Fact is, I'm very frugal and usually actually buy at thrift stores if I can. Again, good and thoughtful Hub. Best, Sis


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Yes many of us shpp almost in a daze at times. Thanks for the reminder


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you Angela for coming again to this hub. I am also apologize to you. Actually, I did not catch what you mean. If you don't comment again. I am glad it now really happen to you, I mean you didn't really spent the money like that.

And you surprising me that you rarely buy anything and you are very frugal person. Yes I agree with you that it was a process of getting out and looking everything that you enjoy. Why we buy something new if the secondhand is good for us, that's absolutely right. I think you talk about the function, not the brand. Nice to see your thought about this topic. Have a nice day. see you......

warmest regards,

Prasetio


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you ethel smith for stopping by and supporting this hub. I am glad that this hub useful for us. I hope this hub as a good reminder. Keep your spirit in doing the best in your life. Including wisely in shopping.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Thanks Prasetio. I only use a debit card and get just what I need. Wise advice Sir!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Micky for your second coming today.

I am glad to know that you are typical wise person in shopping. Keep it up, my friend. Thanks for share with us. Have a nice sleep and good night.....


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couponalbum 6 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

Hi prasetio! Liked your hub. Those are really great advices. I have joined your fan club and would like to invite you to join mine and stay in touch!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks couponalbum for dropping to this hub. I am glad you like this information. At least we can imitate a little advice from this hub. And we can wise person while shopping. I'll check your hub soon. Thanks for your invitation.


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

prasetio30, very good and some wise information about shopping. It is something called balance I think and we should strive for it. I do not shop like I used to for various reasons...but it can be something bad if there is not balance. Very good...


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks you lctodd1947 for coming and share your thought about this topic. I agree with you, life need to balance including in shopping. I appreciate your mind about this.


TattoGuy 6 years ago

What a brilliant and useful hub my friend, I really must catch up on yer other hubs as you always read mine, thank you.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

thanks TattoGuy for coming and visiting this hub.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

I saw that movie! Great advice for these economic trying times! It really is important to limit ones shopping to more of what we need, rather than what we want. Good shopping everyone!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Support Med for share your thought here.

That's way I read this topic after I saw "Confessions of a Shopaholic", it give me new spirit to share to everyone how to shop wisely. Although shopping is very nice activity. Thank you so much!


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Shawn Scarborough 6 years ago from The Lone Star State

This hub has some great tips. Thanks for posting this. Voted up.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Shawn Scarborough for share your thought here. I am glad you liked this information. I hope this hub useful for us.

Prasetio


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Great tips for all us shoppers! Thanks, I think if we would all admit it there are some things we still just spend way to much on.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Fluffy77. Good to see you again. I am not get bored to reply your comment. I hope we can shop wisely after reading this hub. Take care!

Prasetio:)


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Balinese 5 years ago from Ireland

Great Prasetio- i love this hub as i love shopping myself :))

cheers


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Balinese. I am glad you liked my tips. I know shopping is always fun, right. Take care!


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john2000 5 years ago

Really great hub Prasetio. I'll follow your tips as I love shopping:)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, John2000 for coming to this hub. I hope this hub useful for you. Take care!


Marco 4 years ago

Thanks for the great tips! You might also want to check out wwww.giftsjustunder.com for staying within your budget while shopping.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Marco. I hope this hub useful for us and I'll check your link you gave to me. Take care!

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