I love shopping, and as bad as it sounds, I probably buy things every week or two. However, I am super careful with my spending and I use several money saving methods so my weekly purchases are actually quite affordable. I hope this post will offer some insight so you can save a lot of money next time you shop!
Shop sales and clearance
This tip is pretty much a given, but I buy a lot of my clothes from the sales and clearance sections at places such as Forever 21 and H&M. If you look hard enough, you can find some really cute stuff for less than $10. I don’t buy a lot of full priced clothing there unless it’s a reasonable price or it’s something I really want. This alone saves a lot of money.
Avoid the stores if necessary!
If you desperately need to save money but have a penchant for shopping, my best advice for you is to avoid stores entirely. You can curb your appetite for spending if you don’t put yourself near stores, so don’t go to malls and don’t look at online stores –it will just tempt you to buy things. If I’m running low on cash, I just don’t shop until I make some extra money. I put most of it aside in savings.
Use cash, not cards!
It’s really easy to lose sight of spending if you use debit or credit cards. It just feels like a magical piece of plastic that lets me spend unlimited amounts! Use cash because you can physically see how much you have left. When your wallet starts getting empty, you know you’ve spent enough. You will feel less tempted to shop if you can see how much money you are actually spending.
Every penny counts