Want to save money? Start your shopping day like this

Are you ready to go shopping? You have your wallet ready and you have an idea of what you need so what do you need to do next? When you are ready to spend a day out shopping there are a few things that will be beneficial to your time and your wallet.

If you have several things to buy or many people to shop for you will want to create a shopping list. A shopping list will help you stay on track. You will be able to write the name of each person you need to shop for as well as some gift ideas. Keep a pen in your pocket or purse so that you can keep notes about certain items. If you already plan on going to a few stores it will be beneficial to write down the price of an item from a few stores. Sometimes stores will price match which will save you time and money. If you find an item for one price at one store but it is a few dollars more at another store be sure to ask about price matching. Once you purchase the item be sure to cross it off the list. This method also works very well for grocery shopping. Some stores will match competitor’s prices. There are several free apps that you can download to your smart phone that will scan barcodes and alert you if an item is cheaper elsewhere. This will also help to save you money.

It is important to never go shopping while you are hungry. There are a few reasons why this is important. If you plan on going grocery shopping you may find yourself putting many unnecessary items into your shopping cart. You may be purchasing items that sound tasty but are not on your shopping list. If you are shopping for larger items for the home or for gifts you may not have the energy to price compare. Make sure you have a well-balanced meal prior to any shopping. This will ensure that you have the energy to find the best deals possible and you will be less likely to purchase unnecessary items.

There are many savings tips you can use to save time and money when grocery shopping. Meal planning may seem like a daunting task but it is the most effective way to save time during the week and money from your wallet. Simply write out all 7 days of the week on a sheet of paper. Write down what you will eat for dinner each night. Check your pantry to see if you already have some of the necessary ingredients. Whatever you need to purchase should be written onto your shopping list. This method should be repeated for breakfast, lunch and snacks as well. This will make your grocery shopping trip smoother and you will not be purchasing items that you may already have. Taking the guess work out of meals will save you time in the grocery store as well. You will no longer be browsing aisles wondering what you will cook each night and having to plan out a weeks’ worth of dinners on the spot. Now that you have your shopping list handy you should check your sales paper. Sometimes there are manufacturer’s coupons that will give you additional savings. There are several apps that are free to download onto your smart phone that will provide you with manufacturer’s coupons. If you know in advance what you are purchasing you will have time to search for coupons which will result in a lower grocery bill each week.

Shoppers who are in need of retail merchandise such as clothing or homes goods can follow a few tricks that will result in higher savings. Pay attention to seasonal sales. If you are looking for basic home decor items you will benefit from purchasing those items after a holiday season. Summer items are on deep discounts in the fall. Fall decorations can be found marked down more than half off during the winter months. Winter items will be over half off in the spring time. If you have room to store these items and patience to not utilize them right away you can end up saving quite a bit of money by purchasing after season close out items. If you cannot wait for after season sales it is best to watch companies for big sales. Many mass merchandise retailers will have big ticket sales that feature BOGO (buy one get one half off) offers. Taking advantage of these sales will help to save money. It is important to remember stores can become overly crowded during major sales. A consumer must be prepared to spend a little more time in a store and deal with larger crowds when they are shopping highly advertised sales. 

When consumers remember to fuel up by eating a well-balanced meal, stay organized with a list, clip coupons, download savings and coupon apps and pay attention to large sales they will benefit from high retail savings.