We’ve all been there before…regretting buying that full priced item; waiting until the last minute to shop; seeing the same item on sale one week later. The ‘shopping regrets’ list is a long one.
Believe it or not, there is a smart way to buy and an even smarter way to save! Ditch these 5 bad shopping habits and enjoy your shopping experience once and for all!
5 shopping habits that you should probably ditch:
- Impulse Buying: The next 4 tips that follow can really be rolled in to one! There is never a need to impulse buy! Take your time looking for the sale, the coupon code, the free-shipping store or the items you can afford. There is no need to go in to debt to afford your shopping habits. Be patient!
- Looking for Sales: If you can’t find the right sale or deal on the item that you are specifically shopping for, don’t click buy now! Be patient and wait for the sale of the items that you really need, rather than making a purchase strictly because you found a “good deal” on it.
- Paying for Shipping: Shopping online doesn’t save you money if you’re paying for shipping. Make a personal rule that you’ll only shop online when shipping is free. This may mean shopping only during specials or using coupon codes, but it’ll save you in the long run. Check out all of the partner stores that offer free shipping on SHOP.COM. Click here and click on ‘free shipping’ on the left hand side.
- Shopping for ‘Need-Now’ Items: Most people wait until they run out of a household item — paper towels, cleaning supplies, toothpaste — before restocking their cabinets. But this practice can actually lead you to overpay in the long run. If you buy in bulk, or buy in advance and stock up, it allows you to patiently wait for those must-have purchases to go on sale or clearance, since you aren’t desperate to re-stock your supply. Luckily, we have brought the bulk-buying option to you.
- Buying Big-Ticket Items Year Round: Want to save hundreds — maybe thousands — on expensive purchases, like appliances, winterwear and even gym memberships? Buying items out of season can save you 50-75% off.