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Thrifty Shopping - 10 tips on How to Shop and Still Save Money - part 2

Updated on November 21, 2010

Let's face it. You're going to shop. You have to. There are things you need, and well, there are things you don't need, but want anyway. Unfortunately, for most of us we don't have an unlimited bank account to tap into. However, there are steps you can take to allow yourself to shop and while still spending as little money as possible. Here are 10 tips to help you shop and save money while doing it.

This is Part 2 of my article on Thrifty Shopping Tips. Click here to read part 1.

6. Don't Impulse Buy!

Resist it! Everyone has had that urge to buy something on sale that just looks to good to pass up. Don't! It's difficult to hold back, but often impulse buys turn out to be the worst decisions we make when shopping. Retailers are keenly aware of the power of impulse shopping and will often setup seemingly awesome deals near the register so that while you are waiting inline you can't help buying a pack of 200 CDRWs that you will never use.

7. Do Some Research

Figure out what you want before you shop, but more importantly research about it. Find out about what features you want and what features don't matter to you. Go online and read reviews see what others are saying. Find professional reviews as well. Make sure that you are getting the best product, for the right price. 

8. Look for Substitutes

It may not seem very sexy, but often times buying a substitute for what you want can save you a lot of money and you will still be just as happy. Hold off on buying that awesome, beautiful new TV. Instead get a slightly smaller and much cheaper one. Most likely you won't know the difference and your satisfaction wont be any less. 

9. Time your Shopping

Wait to make your purchases during opportune times. Wait for big sale days like black Friday, or the the days following Christmas. Stores slash prices on these days, so if possible try to lump all your big purchases into one day of shopping. 

Also check to see when a new version of the product you are interested in is being released. Why? The older version will immediatly go on sale as retailers look to unload the product. Often times these product is almost the same or nearly as good as the new version but will cost you only a fraction of the price. 

10. Buy Online

Shop online! It's the simplest way to save money! If you shop online you can easily compare prices plus there are so many more retailers competing for your money online that prices can be drastically cheaper. Plus you can easily compare prices quickly. Also no salepeople and it's much easier to resist the temptation of an impulse buy online.

Thank you for reading, and have fun shopping and saving money!

Again, you can find the first part of this article by clicking the link below. 


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