Tips and tricks - How I manage to "always" be shopping.
I ignored it for a while, even though I openly share my love for shopping and have previously admitted I may have a slight addiction but recently when my friend made a comment about how much I must be paid in reference to me "always shopping" I realised that I may appear to always be ordering so I thought I'd share how I do it. I often have a few thoughts and questions I ask myself before entering my card details.
1: Is it on offer? I RARELY buy full priced items unless I NEED them.
I used to work in retail, in fact my first ever job, was a Christmas temp in KRISP. As soon as the doors closed on Christmas Eve the mark downs would begin and it amazed me that people knew this would happen yet still bought presents knowing it would be on sale Boxing Day! For that reason I wait unless It's completely necessary. Of course it doesn't only happen at christmas but also throughout the year. You could buy something today and tomorrow its "on offer" why not just wait?
2: Do you NEED it?
For each season I tend to have staple pieces and then accessorise around them. All my apps have items in my "saved" section and as soon as I get that sale notification I put what I need in the bag and head for the checkout!
3: Will it last?
I've never been a fan of cheap clothes, apart from when I was 13 and it was cool to have those stretchy tight weird material school trousers, remember those? I wanted those, mum said no. Anyway, unless they're Primark basics or something temporary I don't see the point in spending money on an item that won't last. I'm a strong believer in the saying "you get what you pay for" and therefore don't mind spending a few extra pounds for better quality knowing it will last longer therefore I won't be having to replace is every few months. It's saving more money and less hassle in the long run.
4: Does my budget allow me to buy it ?
This question is so important because as soon as you ask yourself, your brain will answer truthfully, then you'll know whether it's feasible or not. Each month after paying myself, my bills and savings I put money aside for spending then give myself a budget for the week and once that money is spent that's it!
5: Would I prefer something else?
Is there anything else you might want other than that? Sometimes you may see an item and like it but do you love it? If I love an item NOTHING will stop me buying it but if Ihave to think twice about it then i'll usually put it back as i obviously don't like it THAT much, know what I mean?
So there you have it! You now know my shopping tactics, why not try them and let me know how you get on? After all, there's nothing sweeter than coming home to a parcel after a long day at work.