With Christmas coming up, this is the time where people tend to spend a lot of money, sometimes on unwanted stuff. I myself am a impulse buyer, however at times I try to keep my spending under control using these tips.
- Make a list of the items you need to buy and stick to that list
- Go to the specific shop or aisle in a supermarket to buy the things you need. Less wandering around leads to less spending
- Set yourself a spend limit/budget and try to keep a track of the things you put in your trolley or basket
- If you still find it hard to stick to a spend limit, try taking with you limited cash or one debit/credit card so you know you can’t buy anything more than needed
- Don’t buy something you don’t need or won’t ever use even if it is on offer
- I’m not sure if this works for everyone but it works for me – I try not to be on the phone while shopping as I lose track of what I put in the basket. Only when I go to the checkouts I realise I have random items in my basket
- If you are going food shopping, do not go shopping on a empty stomach. I usually end up buying way more food (esp junk food) than I need if I shop on a empty stomach.
- If I go to a supermarket to buy one or two items, I do not take a basket with me. Having my hand only to carry the items will stop me from buying extra, unplanned items.
These are the main tips I try to follow when I go shopping. I hope at lease one of these tips will help you shop better. Please leave a like or a comment if you found this post useful.