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Educational Consumer Tips


Author: Rachel Gelb
Category: Retail

Everyone wishes to be a savvy shopper and get the most for their money. To prevent going overboard during your shopping spree it’s important to remember the reason for your trip. Refer to these tips before heading to the malls for a shopping spree.

Tips for Buying Clothes:

Set a Budget.  Each time you go on a shopping trip it’s important to first set a budget. This will allow you to spend only what you can afford and what is necessary. Shopping without a budget can lead to overspending on frivolous items. Stick to your budget and stop shopping once you have hit your maximum. If you stick to your budget, buyers remorse won’t kick in when you return home from your shopping spree.

Make a List.  To avoid buying items that you don’t need or won’t end up wearing, make a list of necessary items. Be sure to check out your closet to decide what is essential to buy and vital to replace. To stretch your budget further, divide the list into splurge and save. Splurge on items that are versatile and timeless so you know you will get a lot of use out of the piece.

Pick the Right Time.  Arrange a reasonable time frame that you believe will allow you to complete your shopping. Often malls are busiest weekday nights and Saturday mornings. Try to avoid these times to reduce stress while you are shopping. If you have no choice but to shop during a hectic time make sure to take breaks so you don’t become irritable. Do not go shopping if you are feeling tired, hungry, upset, or bored. These emotions can cause people to unconsciously shop and buy items they don’t want or need.

Try the “Do I need this?” Test.  Before you buy an item stop for a moment and ask yourself “Do I really need this?”. Think about if the item is on your list of needs and if it fits into your budget. Think about the clothing you already own and if the piece can be worn with multiple outfits. Think about upcoming occasions and decide if you will be able to wear the item often.

Know Where to Shop.  When entering a store it’s always best to walk towards the back to shop through the discount racks first. You’ll often find items that were just recently displayed as full price.  Be sure to check out outlets and discount retailers such as T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Target. These stores carry quality designer brands for more reasonable prices.

About the Author: Rachel Gelb is Communications and Marketing Manager for BBB serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont. Find Rachel on Google +.

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