The Five Fundamental Rules Of Smart Shopping


As annoying as it might be, it’s an unfortunate truth that feeding and clothing ourselves is an expenditure that just can’t be avoided. That doesn’t mean, however, that we should spend over the odds on these things. It’s perfectly possible to eat well, have a lovely home, and dress like a star, without paying through the nose for it. All it takes is some smart shopping.

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  1. Avoid the impulse purchase

How many times have you walked around the grocery store and just picked up a multi-pack of chips for no good reason other than you feel like it? How many times have you got those chips home and felt overwhelming guilt for it? The same goes for the dress you never needed, or the scented candle to add to your collection of millions. All of them are impulse buys that cost you money as a result of a momentary lapse in judgment. As soon as you learn to cut those out, you’re on your way to a far happier bank account.

  1. Don’t settle for the first price

When you’re shopping for larger items, don’t just accept the first price you see, even if it’s in the store you usually frequent. Not only could there be a lower price elsewhere, but you might also be able to find a discount code or similar clearance item elsewhere. While I’m not suggesting you price check everything from bananas to washing machines, it does make sense with more costly goods to ensure you’re getting the best deal available on the market.

  1. Take advantage of coupons

If you’ve ever really got into coupons and vouchers, you’ll understand the excitement of bagging yourself a true bargain. And while you can take it as extreme as you like, even just getting a few cents off a loaf of bread, or a free bag of apples, starts to add up. Before buying clothes or homeware, spend some time checking online for vouchers applicable to your purchase, such as this one,, and never pay full price again.

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  1. Never shop hungry

The biggest grocery shopping mistake there is must be shopping on an empty stomach. Every food item becomes attractive, and before you know it, your cart is brimming with the junk food your body is craving. No, shopping on an empty stomach is a truly terrible idea. You can save yourself real money just by ensuring you stop off for a snack on the way to the store, and your purchases will be a whole load healthier too.

  1. Keep a running list

Rather than heading to the grocery store or mall with only a vague idea of what you need, always take a comprehensive list. Keep the list up to date throughout the week, and only buy what’s on the list. Even if you want to buy a treat, make sure that treat is on your piece of paper, alongside the bathroom cleaner and milk – it just means you won’t splurge when you should be saving.

Smart shopping is mostly about planning ahead, doing your research, and never ever shopping hungry. If you’ve got any more smart shopping tips, I’d love to hear them.