Are you new at living frugally? Yes, the life of a frugal shopper may seem daunting at first. However, don’t feel overwhelmed just yet. The great news is that you can take a few small steps and you’ll already be making a dramatic impact on your lifestyle and your budget.
Here are some top tips for the frugal shopper:
1) Plan ahead.
Always have a plan in place before heading out the door. In order to avoid making unplanned purchases, know exactly where you’re going and have a list handy containing the errands you need to do and the items you need to buy.
2) Refrain from making impulse purchases.
Do you ever aimlessly walk around the mall only to end up buying something you don’t really need? The best way to deal with these impulse purchases is to put the item down and leave the store first. Do you really need a particular item? Give yourself at least twenty-four hours to decide if an item is something really worth buying.
3) Use coupons.
Coupons are a great way to get discounts and deals on just about anything. Take the extra time to search for coupons for your favorite stores. You can find coupons in mailers, newspapers and even on the Internet!
4) Join a Wholesale Membership Club.
One way to save money on your groceries is to buy them in bulk. Wholesale Membership Clubs like Costco and Sam’s are a great place to get deals on meats, vegetables and bulk items. Just make sure that you’ll be buying enough to make up for the membership fee.
5) Shop at thrift stores.
Thrift stores are a wonderful place to get clothing, furniture and other household items at extremely low prices. You’ll find mostly secondhand goods—but you’ll also find barely used and brand new items. Remember: Some thrift stores are better than others.
6) Do your research.
If you are making a large purchase like an appliance, furniture or even a car, spend some time comparing prices and reading reviews. Get quotations from various stores to see where you can get a better deal. An informed shopper is a smart shopper.
Follow these steps and you’ll find yourself saving a great deal of money. Keep in mind that shopping frugally is not a punishment, but a way of living a simpler and more economical life!
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