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Seven shopping tips

Some of us need a lot of guidance when embarking on a shopping adventure. Having a clear goal when shopping, will leave you feeling more satisfied once you return home and save you from buying unnecessary items you will never use. Here are seven shopping tips that smart shopper should follow.

Shop with a list – Start off your shopping trip with a list of what you want to buy and where you think you will find them. You could make a list on your phone and go online to check on any stores that may stock the items you need.

Set a budget – Once you have an idea of what you need, you can now set a budget for each item you want to buy.

Set a timeframe – Set a timeframe for you to look for the items you require. This will stop you from aimlessly visiting shops for no reason.

Pick the best time for you – Shopping can be tiring and stressful, therefore make sure you choose a time that is most convenient for you, for example, if traffic and parking is a problem, choose to shop at night or when stores are less busy.

Shop alone – Shopping partners can sometimes make us buy things that we may not buy if we were shopping alone, so opt to visit the stores by yourself.

Ask yourself “do I really need this?” – Buying impulsively can lead to buying the wrong thing or spending too much. Before you buy anything, ask yourself if you really need this item and if you are unsure take some time, grab a coffee and return to the store when you are sure.

Remember that the salesperson is there to sell to you – Appreciate and get assistance from a helpful sales person, but make sure you are buying something that you will use.