Shopping – some love it and others hate it. We sometimes get completely scatter brained when we go clothing shopping. We get distracted as soon as we walk into a clothing store and we tend to forget why we initially went to the store and what we were supposed to buy. We then end up buying things which we do not need and in most cases, these clothing items just end up laying at the back of our closets for a long time.
Here are 5 tips to make your shopping experience way easier:
1. Make a shopping list.
In your shopping list, write down every item that you need to purchase. Be precise when you make the list and describe the items you want exactly for example; the colour, the shape and whether you can mix and match it with other clothing you own. This process keeps you away from buying anything unnecessary that you do not need.
2. Try it on before you buy it.
This is the one common mistake people make when they go shopping. They buy clothing without trying it on and when they get home and try it on, they end up not liking it. You will never know how something looks on you unless you actually try it on at the store. Clothing can look breath-taking on its hanger, but when you try it on you might realize that it just might not be for you or you body type. Trying clothing on before you buy it saves you from a lot of hassles such as returning your items or having spent unnecessary money.
3. Create a budget.
Important, important, important for when you go shopping. Many people get distracted by the items that they do not need and end up overspending. Overspending is not really a very smart way of shopping and in most cases you end up with a hole in your pocket. After you have made your list of the exact items you want to shop, settle on figure that you feel comfortable spending. Creating a budget will definitely save you from making unwise shopping decisions.
4. Do your shopping alone.
Many of us fall into the ‘peer pressure’ trap when we shop with a friend or family member. They usually persuade us to purchase something that we don’t need or want. At the end of the day, your basket is full of clothing that your accomplice wants you to have and you never got to shop something that you truly desire to own. You end up living with the consequences of how you chose to shop, not your accomplice. Shop alone to make independent decisions and to actually purchase items you want or need without someone telling you otherwise.
5. Set a timeframe on your shopping experience.
Limiting the time you spend in a clothing store or at the mall ensures that your attention is only focused on the main reason for your shopping. Having a time limit disciplines us and our shopping habits. It leaves no time for us to wonder around aimlessly, look at anything that might distract our main focus and purchases anything that is not needed.