Every woman has that shirt in the back of her closet, the one she was talked into buying by the pushy store clerk or an overenthusiastic friend. But finding it unworn a year later is a let down, because it’s then that you realize you’ve never actually worn it. Mistakes like these are bound to happen, but there are ways to minimize buyer’s remorse; it all starts with choosing wisely. Read on for smart shopping tips to save money, reduce anxiety and find helpful college must-have products, so you develop good decision making skills.
Make up your mind and move on. Yeah, I know, easier said than done. If you're an indecisive person, making a decision is a tough job. When you're debating between the purple or pink shade of new jogging shorts, just leave them both in your cart. Give yourself time to mull it over while you shop, but come to a decision before you hit the checkout. Don't buy both and take them home to ponder over, you’ll just be setting yourself up for more anxiety.
A second way to give yourself a deadline is by going shopping with just enough time to shop before the store closes. Try going to the mall an hour or two before closing time. Some stores will only hold items for the day, which eliminates the urge to put something on hold. This way, you're choosing items you know you want, without time to second guess them or splurge on items you don't really need.
Skip the cart
If you’re trying to avoid buying those tempting, yet non-essential items at the grocery or super store, don’t take a cart! Run in for must-have items that you can carry in your hands or in a small basket. Not only will this prevent you from grabbing all the extras, but once you grab that carton of milk you’ll get a workout lugging it around!
Shop with cash
Eliminate unneeded items by bringing just enough cash to buy the essential items on your list. You’ll be able to avoid that super cool new water bottle you know you don’t have the money to buy. Add up costs as you go, and for easy mental math, round every item up to the nearest dollar so you’ll be safe rather than sorry at the register.
Save yourself money by comparing ingredients. You will be shocked to find how many times brand names and generic items match up precisely. For extra savings, always shop dollar or discount stores for soap and cleaning products. Grocery stores are often insanely overpriced, and dollar stores have comparable items to the expensive brand names.
College money savers
Some of you may have just moved into college dorms, and to help you out, here are some easily forgotten must-have college items that will keep you living on a healthy budget. (Plus, they're good for non-college students, too!)
Brita water pitcher
Buying a filter will cut down on costs of plastic water bottles. It’s easy, always accessible and tastes great.
Clip on shelf
A tip from Chelsea Blank, a Residential Assistant at Walsh University is to, “buy a clip-on-shelf and mini fan for that dreaded top bunk.” A clip from Bed, Bath and Beyond is just $10 which won’t break the bank, and has extra space to place items. This will save you more than money; anything to keep you from climbing up and down your bunk will be well worth it.
Hanging your clothes up to dry may be needed to keep them from shrinking, but it also can save you money. Organize loads to cut down on dryer use by draping clothes around your room and on a drying rack.
Save ample amounts of money by making your own cup of Joe. Forget the overpriced Baristas around town. Having your own pot will be more convenient and a lot less expensive.
Smart shopping choices are about making efficient decisions and saving money; follow these guidelines when you’re out shopping, and you’ll develop good decision making skills before you know it.
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