Christmas shopping, end-of-season sales, Black Friday and annual bonuses – before you rush off on a shopping spree, here are six tips to help you shop smart and save a little money.
Make a shopping list before you go to a store - and then stick to it! It’s all the impulse purchases you make that push you over your budget. When you have a list, you can avoid the temptation to put a beautiful pot plant or interesting magazine in your shopping trolley.
With the smell of freshly baked bread in supermarkets, shopping on an empty stomach is just asking for trouble. Muffins, croissants, a tub of ice cream, a packet of biscuits or maybe a few bars of chocolates – you end up buying more food when you shop hungry.
It’s never too early to get all that Christmas shopping out of the way. Sit down and write a gift list, and then do as much of the shopping as you can before the December rush. You get to avoid busy malls and you won’t be forced to buy expensive last-minute gifts.
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BUY IN BULK
Buying in a greater quantity usually means that you end up paying less for the items than if you had bought them individually. So, where there are bulk deals for non-perishable items, and you have storage space, buy items like toilet paper, washing powder and tinned goods.
Follow your favourite brands on all their social media pages, so that you’re first in line to hear about any special deals, competitions or promotions the company is currently running.
You can’t avoid spending money –it’s quite simply how we have to live life. However, you can learn to spend your money a bit more wisely. Whether you need groceries, a new washing machine or clothes for your kids – you can be a smarter shopper and earn cashback with bsmart. To find out more contact us or click here to sign up directly through our website.
Disclaimer: bsmart does not provide financial advice. The above article is for information purposes only, to share current economic and financial topics and trends. Please consult a suitable and qualified financial services provider if you require financial advice.