Some Tricks I Use To Help Me Become A Better, Smarter, And Happy Shopper
Do you enjoy shopping? It would certainly seem that most people do since stores are filled and online shops do not seem to be in danger of becoming a relic of the past. Not everybody does enjoy shopping, however. One of the biggest reasons is that not everybody can afford to buy the things they desire. Or, for that matter, the things they actually need. If that describes you, then you might well one day come to enjoy shopping as much as those around you by following these tips for buying smart and saving money.
1. Become a Comparison Shopper
One way to become a happy shopper is to start shopping smart by comparison. Not just comparing individual prices, mind you, but comparing styles, colors, stores, brands and even different parts of town. You might just be shocked to learn how big a difference in the price of the exact same item in the exact same chain in stores located in different part of town.
3. Change Your Shopping Schedule
Does it seem as if the grocery store is always crowded whenever you shop? Do you find yourself waiting in long lines when shopping for clothing? Then there is a distinct possibility that the reason you are not the happy shopper you think you should be is simply a matter of timing. Start experimenting with different times. Instead of stopping by the supermarket on the way home from work, try going either before work or after dinner. Instead of shopping on the weekend, make a beeline for the mall on Monday or Tuesday night. Not only will the stores be less crowded, but you may actually find the prices cheaper!
2. Coupons, Coupons, Coupons
Don't think of becoming a happy shopper through the example of those perhaps mentally impaired people on extreme coupon shows. You don't have to become obsessive to use coupons well. In fact, it probably helps: those who commit their lives to tracking down coupons so they can pay $5 for a week's worth of groceries are not so much shopping as indulging in an unhealthy lifestyle. You know what will make you a happy shopper? Cutting 50 cents off a price of chips here and 25% off the price of a sweater there.
4. Patience Pays Off
One of the things that makes shoppers happiest is being the first in line to get that hot new product that everybody wants. Right? Maybe. Maybe not so much. How often have you gotten caughtupinthe hype to buy early before the store runs out only to find that you were, well, duped. The buzz and excitement of the latest upgrade of a cell phone or newest "Special Edition" of your favorite movie or any product where the flames of hype are fanned to an almost criminal degree very often turns out to be the unhappiest of shopping experiences. By practicing the art of patience and leaving that hot new item well enough alone, you can actually become a significantly happier shopper through the paradox of not becoming a shopper at all. Just wait for the hype to die down and, if you find still actually want it, chances are the price will be much lower by the time you buy it.
There are lots of different occasions when the need to shop for gifts arises.
It is not just the festive period which provokes a stampede to the stores either, because Thanksgiving and Easter are lucrative times for retailers.
The bad news is that they can be just as lucrative for thieves and pickpockets, who are taking advantage of the fact that shoppers are distracted, and not paying attention to their valuables. The next time that you head out for some holiday shopping, keep the following tips in mind, and learn how to shop smart.
5. Carry Valuables Safely
If possible, try not to tuck your purse or wallet into a back pocket, because it makes it easier for thieves to grab. You should keep your driving license, money, and credit cards in a front pocket, ready for fast access (for you), and speedy obstruction if somebody tries to snatch them.
7. Report Suspicious Activity
Whilst human instinct is not infallible, it is there for a reason. If you feel anxious about the presence of somebody who appears to be following you, report them to a security guard. If you have made a mistake, and the situation is innocent, the worst that will happen is the individual has to take ten minutes out of their day to explain themselves. The worst that can happen if you do not report a lurker is a mugging or a serious assault.
6. Tag Along Someone
It might sound extreme to suggest that shoppers, particularly women, should not browse at night, but as anybody who has ever been forced to cross an empty parking lot in the small hours will attest, these places can be frightening. The bottom line is that you are more likely to be attacked loading a car, or crossing a parking lot, at night than you are during the day. Having said that, tagging along someone can be a good option.
8. Do Not Open Cars from a Distance
If you use a remote activated device to open your car doors, do not make the mistake of using it when you are at the other end of a parking lot. This is like inviting a thief to prey on you, because it gives them ample time to help themselves to your stereo system, or anything else of worth. If you are shopping alone at night, never open your car doors from a distance.
9. Keeping Children Safe
During hectic holiday periods, parents can easily get distracted and lose track of their children. Whilst this never happens for most, in the event that you do get separated, your kids should know what to do and who to approach for help.
Your children should know their full name, address, and phone number, in case they need to recite it to a security officer. It is a good idea to teach kids that the safest place to go, in the event of a separation, is behind the cashier desk. The majority of stores have a speaker system which can be used to reunite parents and missing children.
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