How to shop smarter

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Talking about Frugal February has really got me thinking about how I can shop smarter, and make sure that when I am making a purchase it’s something that I’ve put thought into and I’m getting the best possible bargain.

MAKE A SHOPPING BUDGET

No matter how much your income is, a budget is important so you can make sure you know how much money needs to go where, and when. For me, it’s not just a case of this much for bills and the rest is for shopping, I make sure I allocate funds for my wardrobe. I’ve been doing this for years, because while I was a student I didn’t have a whole lot of money, and being able to buy the clothes I wanted was (and still is) a priority for me. It doesn’t have to be a whole lot of money that you set aside, even just a small amount each week can add up. I’ve got a separate savings account for mine (yes, really), but you can use a change jar or whatever works best for you.

CONSIDER COST PER WEAR

One thing you’ll notice when you look at my wardrobe is that there are some things that are inexpensive and there are some that are a lot more pricey. Those things that cost more were definitely an investment, but I wear them so often that I am getting a lot of value from them. Plus the fact that they are well made, and made from good quality fabric means they are going to last me longer.

MAKE A LIST OF WHAT YOU NEED

Y’all know how I feel about lists! Once you’ve sorted through your wardrobe, keep a running list somewhere (inside your wardrobe door, in your planner, on your phone – wherever works for you) of exactly what pieces you want to add in. Knowing what you want to add to your closet will help you to keep an eye out for those items, and hopefully resist the temptation to impulse buy other things in the meantime.

USE YOUR CREDIT CARDS WISELY

I’ve got a Warehouse Money Visa Card that gives me an extra 5% discount when I shop at The Warehouse, so I make sure I use that card every single time I’m shopping there – even if I’m just buying coat hangers! A gal’s gotta make the most of those bargains, right? I also make sure I keep an eye out for any other cardholder promotions they might be running – they have a few promotions on at the moment, including giving Warehouse Money Visa Cardholders a 7.5% flat discount on everything instead of 5% at The Warehouse, until March 5th.

By taking advantage of promotions and shopping in places that give you extra discounts or offers, you can get more bang for your buck. Easy peasy!

SHOP THE SALES

This is a no brainer – make the most of the sales. One of the benefits of being in the Southern Hemisphere and shopping online with stores in the Northern Hemisphere is the sales – when they put all their winter items on clearance it’s a great time for us to buy coats and boots as we head into cooler weather; and when their summer sales are on we can grab swimsuits and summer dresses.

Do you have any tips for shopping smarter?
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6 Comments

  1. February 14, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    I always make use of my credit card when shopping online as it’s insured. I also make sure that I shop somewhere beneficial to me eg if I get points on a loyalty card or credit card then I’d rather buy from there. I always price compare and price match where I can.
    Great tips Meagan!

    • February 14, 2017 / 1:19 pm

      Getting points/rewards really is a win-win! I chose the credit card I have because I wanted that 5% discount on my purchases, but Warehouse Money has a Purple Visa that has a rewards system (which you can reedem to spend at The Warehouse). Price comparing and matching is a great idea as well, I know there are a few places that have price match guarantees (like Mitre 10 and The Warehouse) that will beat prices from other stores as well – especially good if you’re making big purchases.

      • February 15, 2017 / 9:58 pm

        Price comparison is my saviour. At work I’ve saved us $1 per toilet roll by doing price comparison. It’s brilliant! Saves us $48 every month without doing anything fancy. In the UK they have price comparison websites that are super popular and I hope NZ starts to offer that service soon too.
        Oooh I did not know about the Purple Visa. Will have to have a look. Thanks Meagan 🙂

        • February 16, 2017 / 11:31 am

          $48 is a pretty good saving! I use PriceSpy for my comparisons, especially when buying electronics, it’s saved me a fair bit of money!

  2. February 13, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    A separate account for buying clothes is such a great idea!! I buy nothing for ages and then find I need to buy heaps of warm clothes at the start of Winter and totally blow the budget.

    • February 14, 2017 / 8:53 am

      Sounds like saving up is a great way to go for you Sarah. Whether it’s making sure you put money aside for clothes or car maintenance, sometimes those expenses can be big chunks of money!