Please list your hobbies below:
If you’re anything like me, seeing that statement automatically shifts your gears into writing shopping or something of the nature. Shopping has always been a go-to hobby of mine, but it wasn’t until I received my first card (debit card) when things really amped up. At 16 years old I could now purchase online! I heard bells ring every time I clicked checkout, they would ring even louder when I knew I was saving some $$. Over the years it is safe to say I have saved thousands of dollars with the outline I provided below. The best part is these tips work instore or online, as well as on anything being sold, not just clothes or shoes, but literally anything.
1. Always try to find a discount code/coupon
There’s always a good chance you’ll be able to find a discount code via your inbox or a third party website. Before continuing your purchase be sure to check sites such as https://www.retailmenot.com/
They make it quite easy and accessible to save $$ off your purchase. The site even offers a personalized feature to enhance user experience. Other sites are available so do a quick little search before checking out.
2. Sign up for emails (don’t neglect the emails, scan them for codes before making a purchase)
Emails can be a drag, consistently taking up space in your inbox but they do offer value. Besides, you can always update your email preferences to your liking. Companies want you to feel special, preferred , one of a kind. What better way than to show some appreciation via the inbox. Signing up for an email = incentives. For just signing up 9/10 you’ll receive a code for your first purchase. Whether in store or online scan your inbox for any discounts before continuing your purchase!
3. If it’s an item you don’t need right away in the pricey side : monitor the item. Sites such as https://www.shoptagr.com/ will help with that
Let’s be honest; when you shop do you do so for wants or needs mostly? If you answered wants then this tip is for you. Items go on sale all the time! It’s just a matter of when. To monitor an item yourself takes time and effort that you may not have to give. Use resources. Shoptagr is an extension plug that allows you to do the easy part (sit and relax) while they do the work. They will monitor an item for you notifying when it goes on sale or comes back in stock. Think of them as a free internet assistant.
4. Download the companies app (exclusive offers)
Apps, like emails are a way for companies to provide a means of communication to their customers. Companies often send out information to these two channels first seeing the recipients as preferred customers. For example, forever 21 will have a coupon code only accepted with use of their app. Whether it’s a discount, product launch, or some type of exclusive news, being loyal pays, literally.
5. Shop around : don’t purchase at the first place. Explore options and prices
If you don’t need an item right away, shop around! Compare prices. Sometimes the savings on the price tag is a monumental difference.
My favorite example is Colourpop. Colourpop offers a wide selection of cosmetics with similar colors to that of their competitors for a much lower cost. Quality vs quantity is important, however sometimes the only difference is the price tag. Expensive doesn’t always mean better.
7. If you can avoid paying for shipping
In my years of shopping I am very proud to say I have only paid a shipping fee once. In that case I had a deadline to meet for a product I needed. If not you can bet that $4.95 fee would be in my pocket. There’s plenty of ways to avoid shipping costs.
8. Set a budget!
The most important tip of all! Set a budget. This is the holy grail for shopping as it will allow you to stay on track, not spending above your means. Shopping is great but having money is even better.
You can have the best of both worlds saving money and a good retail therapy spree. Just follow these tips and incorporate some of your own. Money is a tool, utilize it well.