Shopping can often be expensive, especially if you buy things that you don’t necessarily need. We’ve compiled some top tips to help you save money when shopping.
|Adding to your basket|
When shopping online, it’s easy to save something you like to your wish list or add it to the basket, then before you know it you’ve got a hefty shopping bill. Due to the wide variety of options available online, it’s easy to see lots of different items you might want but not necessarily need. One top tip to stop impulse buying online is to wait two or more days before purchasing the item you want. The thought behind this is simple, if you don’t think about the item again within that period, you don’t really need it!
Another tip is to sign-in to an e-commerce website and add an item to your shopping cart before leaving the site. Some companies will then email you 24-48hrs later with a discount code to complete your purchase. It’s worth a try!
If you have a specific item in mind then make sure you shop around! If you look online you’re likely to find lots of different versions of the same product at different prices.
Additionally, you could look for coupons. Some companies have introductory offers which could land you a discount off your order. Although this isn’t always guaranteed, it’s always worth a look.
|Return or sell|
We know it’s easy to forget to return an item, especially if it’s a small purchase, but they all add up! If you purchase something that doesn’t fit, make sure you check your receipt for the returns policy.
Did you know that if you have exceeded the return window but the item still has tags on, you might be able to still return it for store credit? Failing this, try selling your items on a website such as eBay or Depop to make a few extra pounds.
Lists can help you keep to a strict budget whilst you are shopping. When at home if you keep a notepad close to your refrigerator or cupboards you can easily write down the things you have run out of. This way when you go shopping, you can cross off each item and not deviate from the list.
Another tip for a strict budget is to take out cash when doing your weekly shop. This can help to make sure you do not overspend as you can only spend the amount you have taken out. Also look at supermarkets that offer a scan & go service so you can keep an eye on the running total whilst shopping.