Save More Money with These Simple Shopping Hacks!
Everyone likes to save money; there’s no doubt about it!
Whether it’s on your weekly essentials or the occasional shopping spree, everyone can benefit from some savvy savings tips. So to help you get the most out of your dollar, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite shopping hacks!
1. Stick to Cash
It’s much easier to stick to your budget when you limit yourself to a physical amount of dollars and cents. Whenever I really need to curb my spending I leave my credit and debit card at home and stick to a strictly cash budget. The act of handing over physical currency after every transaction forces me to be more mindful of my spending and not having the luxury of falling back on plastic helps to keep me from splurging.
2. Plan Ahead
Know what you’re buying before you buy it. Take a few minutes before you leave to take stock of the things you already have and make a list of what you need. Knowing exactly what you need to buy keeps you from wandering aimlessly through the store and limits the chances you’ll buy something you either already have or don’t really need.
3. Talk to Employees
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If a sale item is out of stock, ask to see if they have it in back or if they can set you up with a raincheck. Asking one little question could wind up saving you a bunch of money.
1. Don’t Go on an Empty Stomach
Most people’s eyes tend to be bigger than their stomach. Shopping for food while hungry tends to make you over-buy; you’ll make purchases based upon what you’d want in that moment, not based upon what you actually need. To keep myself from doing this, I tend to do my grocery shopping in the evenings, after dinner.
2. Don’t Assume You’re Getting a Deal
Just because an item is being advertised in your grocery store’s circular or is placed on an aisle’s end cap, doesn’t mean that it’s on sale. Always compare brands and check prices to find yourself the best deal possible.
3. Check the Unit Price
Speaking of checking prices, comparing the unit prices of items can help you find the best deal between brands, sizes, and packaging. An item’s unit price tells you the cost per pound, quart, or other unit of measurement for a food item. To ensure you’re getting the best deal, you’ll want to select the food that has the lowest price per unit.
1. Clear Your Cookies
Many online services and stores (especially airline booking sites) will track how many times you’ve visited their site and offer you different deals depending upon how frequently you’ve been there. Clearing your web browsers cookies and cache can help keep sites from tracking you and ensure that you’re consistently getting the best deal possible.
2. Take Advantage of Social Media
Most stores and brands will offer exclusive coupons and deals through their social media networks. Taking a couple minutes to check a store’s Facebook or Twitter page could wind up saving you a pretty penny!
3. Don’t Always Trust the ‘Daily’ or ‘Lightening’ Deals
Daily deals sites may entice you with their great and limited time deals—but think twice before buying on impulse! Ask yourself if you really need the item and take the time to do a little research and see if it’s really a deal. Remember, a sale on something you weren’t already looking to buy might not really be a sale at all.
While shopping hacks can be a huge help when you’re looking to save money, it’s always important to remember the basics of good financial health. Saving money, at the end of the day, always boils down to understanding the difference between your needs and wants, tracking your spending and good old-fashioned budgeting.
Do you have any shopping tips or hacks you’d like to share? What strategies do you have for staying on budget? Share them below in the comments!