With prices continuing to soar, everyone’s looking for more ways to save money. Whether you have a birthday or a holiday coming up, or if you just want to give your savings account some extra padding, there are many ways you can cut down on your spending. Here are some crafty tips you can use to save money on your shopping.
1. Only buy the essentials
The most obvious way to cut back on your spending is to only buy the things you really need. Make a list of everything you buy each week and separate it into two categories: what you need and what you don’t need (but just like to have). You’ll spot a few easy ways you can cut needless extra spending.
Resist tempting sales and offers when you’re shopping in-store or online. You may think you’re saving money by opting for certain deals, but you can save even more by avoiding them in the first place. Always ask yourself “do I really need this?” before you buy.
2. Switch stores
The store you use to do the bulk of your shopping may not be providing you with the cheapest prices. You may be surprised to find just how dramatically the cost of an item can differ from store to store. Shop around to see if you can find better prices on your staple items elsewhere. You can do this in-person, but there are many comparison websites that can quickly do the job for you. These websites can even make suggestions when an item you want to buy can be switched for a cheaper alternative.
Using coupons on your shopping is a great — and easy — way to save money when you shop. Search around online for discount codes you can use on your online orders. Sign up to store email lists and loyalty schemes — customers are often sent discount codes this way. Do you like to shop in Target? They have a great couponing app that offers you discounts and rewards points on their items.
4. Avoid the big brands
Most of us think the big brand names make the best quality products. But really, this isn’t often the case. Most times you can’t even tell the difference! Switch a brand name product you usually buy for the cheaper version. Do you notice a drop in quality? If you like the product just the same, then make it a permanent switch. You’ll end up saving a lot of money.
5. Choose delivery wisely
Delivery can be an expensive add-on to your online orders. Many online stores offer free delivery if you spend over a certain amount. A good idea in this case is to add smaller items onto your order until it qualifies for free delivery. Try and choose items you need so you’re not just wasting money.
And if free shipping isn’t available? Most places have the option for you to pick up the item in-store for free. This requires a little extra effort on your part, but if you really want to save on delivery, it’s worth it. You’ll end up spending a lot less in the long run collecting in-store if you buy online often.
Once you get into the habit of using these thrifty tips and tricks, saving money will become second nature. The best way to save the most money on your shopping is by using the above tips altogether — or at least as many as you can on one item. If you can buy the cheapest option available combined with free delivery and a coupon discount, you’ll have yourself a real bargain.