The Frugal Shopper...bargains, freebies, coupons, frugal living tips and hints, and much more! This site has been featured on:
Manufacturer coupons
Custom Search
Home   Freebies   Coupons   Household Tips   Frugal Living   Teachers   Shopping   Site Directory   Contact Us


Newsletter
Sign Up For Our Newsletter!

* required

*

*

*



*



Email Marketing by VerticalResponse



33 Basic Smart Shopping Tips


Here are thirty-three basic smart shopping tips that can be used anywhere you shop. Use them to save money, and as a guide to strengthen your purchasing power.


1. Plan your spending. Avoid impulse buys.

2. Advertised items are not necessarily the cheapest.

3. Watch for unadvertised specials.

4. Remember to ask for a "raincheck" if an item is sold out.

5. To avoid crowds, do not shop after work, on paydays, or just before holidays.

6. Buy items before you run out of them. Buy at clearance, or sale price,
instead of regular price when you must have the item.

7. Know the sales cycle in your area.

8. Just because an item is on sale, doesn't necessarily mean it is a good deal for your family. If you won't use it, don't buy it.

9. Due to volume discounts, larger stores are generally cheaper than smaller ones.

10. Your emotions affect your shopping. Be careful of the "I deserve it" mentality.

11. Buy at the end of the season.

12. Stock up when prices are low.

13. Try alternative shopping: Shop salvage stores, thrift stores, consignment shops,
warehouse clubs, yard sales, and garage sales.

14. Remember that no particular store has the lowest price on all items.

15. Create a "shopping pool". Agree with family and friends to shop sales for each other.

16. Shop alone. Other individuals will only help fill your shopping cart.

17. Check the entire store for specials and alternatives.

18. Get to know your favorite store's employees. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

19. Know your prices, keep a price book.

20. About Prices: Compare, Compare, Compare. This is how your price book helps you.

21. Larger is not always cheaper. Smaller is not always cheaper.

22. Look at unit prices.

23. You pay more for fancy packaging. Beware.

24. Remember the "Rule of Three":
If an item has three different ways it can be used, you will not be wasting your money.

25. Never pay full price.

26. Shop defensively.

27. Try store and generic brands.

28. Watch as the clerk rings up your purchases. Check your receipt.

29. Shop for gifts year round.

30. Return purchases that do not meet your expectations.

31. Complain if it is genuinely warranted.

32. Call before you go to confirm item is available.

33. If you must, leave the checkbook and credit cards at home or in the car.



Sandy is webmaster of TheFrugalShopper.com. She enjoys living the frugal life, saving money and helping others to do the same. Reprint permission granted with this footer included. Copyright TheFrugalShopper.com 1999-2007.

Most Popular Articles in Our Frugal Shopper Website:

 

Instant coupon savings on Neutrogena, Rogaine, Listerine, Splenda, BandAid, Aveeno and more!

Valentines Day Deal Shopping Coupons!

1. Cheap Gift Ideas

2. Top Electronics Gifts of 2014.

3. 33 smart shopping tips.

4. Homemade Baby Wipes.

5. Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe.

6. Grocery Shopping Tips - Extreme Couponing.

7. Frugal Health and Beauty Tips.

8. Top Cleaning Tips.

9. 25 Household Secret Frugal Tips.

10. Kitchen Secrets for Frugal Mom.

11. Favorite Frugal Tips.

12. Spice and Herbs secrets.

13. 66 ways to save money.

14. Frugal Coupons.

frugal shopping
 

15. Frugalshopper's Amazon.com page.

16. Homemade Vanilla Extract.

17. Secondhand warehouse tips.

18. Thanksgiving Packages.






Home   Freebies   Coupons   Household Tips   Frugal Living   Teachers   Shopping   Site Directory   Contact Us




Copyright 1999-2014 The Frugal Shopper. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Advertise |