how to save money when doing shopping

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  1. profile image31
    scorpio777posted 15 years ago

    i want to know how to save money by doing shopping why most of the people spend all the time in shopping

    1. BuzzWorthy profile image61
      BuzzWorthyposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I always look at coupons before I head out to go shopping. All the junk mail you get can sometimes have some great deals!

    2. Helen Cater profile image62
      Helen Caterposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Eat the biggest meal you can before you go. Make sure you are so stuffed that a) You can't stay long, and b) The sight of yummy food will make you feel sick....Cheap shopping bill.

  2. Lunalu profile image60
    Lunaluposted 14 years ago

    Yes, that's right. You also can go to find some coupons online. Such as <snipped link>.

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    Lady_Eposted 14 years ago

    I tend to take advantage of the BOGOF offers.  (Buy one get one Free).  Also, if I buy things in a small beauty shop worth £20 plus.  I always ask for a discount, which they kindly give.  Sometimes, if you don't ask - you don't get.

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    fierycjposted 14 years ago

    Become a celebrity. Lol. Celebrities get freebies like mad! People even pay them to use their stuff. Just try it, seriously.

  5. getpaidtopost profile image39
    getpaidtopostposted 14 years ago

    buy no frills.

  6. Kya profile image60
    Kyaposted 14 years ago

    Go out with a shopping list, and don't buy anything that is not on there. Don't get distracted by all the bargain opportunities you don't need, instead stay focussed on what you do need.

    I deliberately don't look at coupons, they cost time and I end up in spending money on stuff I would never have bought otherwise and which now sits in my house: unused and in the way.

  7. blondepoet profile image67
    blondepoetposted 14 years ago

    Eat like a pig before u go so you are like a bloated bull frog and I can guarantee you do save heaps. smile

  8. B.Z. Alixandre profile image66
    B.Z. Alixandreposted 14 years ago

    Thrift store.  It sounds like mom-advice, and sometimes people attach a lot of stigma to it, but there are really cool things there.  And unique.  No matter what department store you go to, everything has a uniformity to it based on what some number puncher recommends as being sellable to the highest masses.  Thrift stores are full of great surprises.  Many of the things there are quite valuable, and inexpensive.  I've gotten a quality microscope, a set of genuine ivory manicure set, almost all of my dishware (and I love cooking, most of the pieces are awesome), and the majority of my holiday decorations there.  A few quilts even.  Tons of books, cheap dvd's, great wall art and frames.  Unique pieces of furniture.  And it's fun too.  If you go to thriftstores in upscale areas you can usually find really expensive stuff for really cheap, we have a store in the area that sells couture.

  9. Balinese profile image40
    Balineseposted 14 years ago

    get loyalty card from store -

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    jewelzzposted 14 years ago

    have a exchange party where you and friends exchange clothes they don't wear anymore

    or simply ask for donations from friends and family because majority of people just let their clothes go to rags and they are still in good condition

  11. Lisa HW profile image64
    Lisa HWposted 14 years ago

    Know the stores in your area where you get the best prices on which things.  Don't assume because a store's name implies low prices that the prices will be lowest.  My town has a number of chain drug stores (CVS, Rite Aid, etc.).  The prices on things like shampoo are always highest there.  We have a WalMart, and they have good prices for those things.  Surprisingly, though, my grocery store tends to have the absolute lowest prices on that stuff.  When the other places have buy-one-get-one or other sales the prices are lower.

    Knowing which stores tend to have the lowest prices on any type of thing, and then taking advantages of coupons, specials, etc. can help.

    Also, eliminate stuff that tends to cost more (frozen dinners versus make-your-own, for example).  Don't rule out all store brands just because you may not like, for example, the store brand peanut butter.

  12. PerfumeFan profile image61
    PerfumeFanposted 14 years ago

    I wait for sales and I shop in outlets. There are lots here in NJ.

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    ms nikkaposted 14 years ago

    Just wait until there is a sale.
    Stores have sales all the time.
    Or go to the sale rack at the store. Many items have an extra mark down, such as "50% off, plus an extra 20%" sort of thing.

    Want to know a secret?
    You can actually bargain at certain stores. If you have a small boutique in your town that you go to a lot, you can actually bargain a bit with them.
    "This is really cute, but expensive. Do you have any discounts for me?"

    Or something like that.

    Then there's always Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). EVERYTHING is on sale, and there are major discounts that entire weekend.

    Overall, Dec-Jan are great months to go shopping because there's so many discounts and sales those months.

  14. lrohner profile image68
    lrohnerposted 14 years ago

    I wrote a whole hub about this. My top advice to keep costs down:

    - Carry a calculator with you at the grocery store and figure out the costs down to the ounce, sheet, etc. and then compare. Store-brands are usually a better price, but not always enough of a difference to make a difference. Same with bulk purchases.
    - ALWAYS buy generics in health & beauty aids and pharmaceuticals. They're so closely FDA regulated, it's silly not to.
    - Any food that has been manipulated has a hidden cost. Buy a whole chicken or bone-in skin-on chicken breasts rather than pre-prepared boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Use the bones and skin to make a nice chicken stock.
    - Look for recipes that make good use of cheaper cuts of meat and then stock up when they go on sale. My local meat market quite frequently sells ground chuck or pork chops at $1.99/lb. You can bet I stock up then!

  15. Ellen_C profile image67
    Ellen_Cposted 14 years ago

    I wrote a hub as well.
    I have worked in purchasing and it is hard to pay full price after you know how much things really cost. go OUTLET shopping! Find and outlet mall and everything will be so much cheaper. I quit looking at the regular priced merchandise. I just shop sale racks first. Get the newspaper and do check out the sales, you can easily compare prices without leaving the house. Cut coupons, and subscripe to your favorite retail store's e-mails. You will get printable coupons. Don't sign up for credit cards in store for a one-time 10% off it is not worth it. Sign up for those frequent shopper cards, and shop grocery stores that double and triple coupons. Remember Buy One Get one 50% off is not as good as 50% off sale unless both items are of same value. Do the math when you shop.

  16. beth811 profile image76
    beth811posted 14 years ago

    Plan ahead what to buy before doing shopping. Stick to your budget. Bring your list on what to buy when you shop.


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