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Be a street smart shopper

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Every individual has a different definition of shopping. For some, it is the best way to pass the time; for a few others, it is pure addiction; for the rest, it is another way to unwind and buy what one needs.

Although the reasons are many, eventually they come along with a price tag, some slightly heavy on the pocket. With high-end malls and shopping centers all around, there are a multitude of choices when it comes to shopping for garments, accessories, bags and the like.

Shopaholics find themselves in a complex situation when purchasing unwanted items without any logical reason behind their actions. Hence, to optimize savings and minimize unnecessary spending, when out shopping, one could opt to develop certain habits.

A smart shopper sets a budget and makes sure to abide by it. If you are an impulsive shopper, have a checklist prepared before you head out.

Leave your credit card at home. Carry only a limited amount of cash. This leaves you with no choice but to purchase items with the amount you have on hand. Prioritize necessary items and only splurge on other items if your budget permits you to do so.

Get hold of discount vouchers in magazines and online. They may not necessarily offer all your favorite items, but they could satisfy your fervor for shopping.

Try to avoid falling for upcoming fashion trends as they keep changing seasonally, and can be expensive. Opt for items that highlight your positives, hide your flaws and make you stand out in a crowd, and ones you can keep wearing for years.

Handy Hints to becom a smart shopper
• If you’re an impulsive buyer, fix a shopping budget
• Leave your credit card at home before going out
• Avail yourself of discount coupons and vouchers





Source: Mrudvi Bakshi, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer