Tips on shopping on a tight budget?

April 26, 2012 10:31am CST
Hello there guys! I was just wondering if you got any tips there on how to shop at the mall but with just a fairly limited budget. Every time I go to malls I see different kinds of items that I want to buy. The problem is that I only have I tight budget. I am quite an impulsive buyer, I often buy the first things I see. I want to fix this up for me to become a practical consumer. Any tips? Thanks in advance!
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@maximax8 (27048)
26 Apr 12
I suggest you write a shopping list and stick to it. You might want to buy a new sofa so I would encourage you to shop around to compare quality plus prices. You could tell yourself no if the item you want isn't on your already prepared shopping list you have to miss out on it. Another way is to have a limited amount of money on you like twenty dollars and no more. Then your groceries prices will be added until you hit your budget ceiling. Good luck.
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• United States
26 Apr 12
Shop on the clearace racks and only when they have a sale tag on them. This is how I shopped for many years. I get great stuff at a great price. You could even go window shopping for things you like and then go back when you know it's on sale.
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• India
6 May 12
I used to prepare a list of items of items I need to buy for my plans. This is the one of the first thing which I used to do before shopping. This helps me to get the things which I need. This also help me not to buy the essential commodity to my needs. I think this will be very effective for shopping. This will help you to get the things at your budget.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
1 May 12
Have a shopping list and make sure yo don't bring extra money. Just bring the amount you need and buy things on the list only. That is what I do. I will only go off the list if I have extra money after I spend it for things which I need not that I want.Do not look at things other than on the list only to avoid you from spend extra dimes for it.(^^)
@Cutie18f (9564)
• Philippines
27 Apr 12
My tip, don't shop for the sake of shopping. Always stick to what you actually "need" against what you "want." When you are able to apply some discipline in yourself, to only buy what you need, then I am sure that you will be able to solve your problem of being an impulsive buyer.
• Philippines
27 Apr 12
just go get a look on items which are sold on sale. avoid looking on those items which are expensive. it will surely ache your heart if you find something you like but cost so much. just settle for those sale items im sure there are also nice things you can buy there too at a cheap price. enjoy!
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
27 Apr 12
Budget shopping or rather shopping with limited financial resources is a tough choice for anyone who loves shopping.For the shopper who cannot resist the temptation of buying up all that he likes it is all the more difficult to end up buying essentials. Shopping with a shoe string budget and concentrating on just what is needed most is a test to the lover of shopping.
• India
26 Apr 12
Hello friend, actual I also like you so at first I make sure about price from net then I go for shoping. Try it. It is the better way. Nice to meet you. Have a nice day.
• United States
26 Apr 12
I make a list and stick to it. I remember when Randy and I first got married and I went to the grocery store with a piece of paper. he asked me what this was and I told him it is my grocery list and of an item is not on it I do not buy it. He thought I was kidding until I came home and he said "why didn't you buy milk and I said well, it was not on the list. If you knew we needed it you should have written it down". Now he knows better and writes things down. As for clothing shopping I do not have enough money to buy clothes even though I need them so I will just have to wait.
@jureathome (5363)
• Philippines
26 Apr 12
Since, you shop a lot, you must already have an idea which boutiques or stalls have the right price range for your budget, so head straight to those places. And, bring only the exact amount you plan to spend for the items you want to buy, otherwise, you might end up bankrupt.
@dorannmwin (36697)
• United States
26 Apr 12
Just like you, I used to be a very impulsive shopper. However, it has been something that I've been able to curb because my husband and I decided two and a half years ago that we were no longer going to use credit cards. So, now when I go shopping, I will make a shopping list and I will stick to that because I know that I can't afford extras. If there is something more expensive that I would like to have, I will save my money until I have enough to buy that larger ticket item.
@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
26 Apr 12
I love going to the mall but when I see their prices on every day items, I look at the clearance racks instead. Not sure what stores you have in your mall, but I only have 3 shops for clothes that I look in for clothes for me or my husband and son. First being JCPennys. They have clearance clothes up to 80% off. They have a Rue21 where you can get shirts and other clothes 3.00 rack, 5.00 rack and now 6.00 rack. Most of their clothes are like buy one get one free. Then there is a shop for older women that dont want to wear the skinny jeans but has really nice tops and comfortable clothes pants starting at 5.99 and tops. Very comfortable but nice presentation of clothes for women 60 and over. While shopping malls, there is always Victorias Secrets and Bath and Body Works for lotions and beauty products. To get the best prices at the lowest you want to go right after Christmas. They put boxed gift items up to 75% off and individual items will be 2, 3, 5.00 an item I usually stock up around this time and these two beauty places will also have another semi annual sale right after mothers day. Hope this helps as I am not sure what you are shopping for and decided to give you the basics I use for these type items. But any store I walk in I go to sales rack if I don't find something I leave LOL Have a great day!