Everyone loves a bargain, that is what being a savvy shopper is all about. We all love nice things, but if your going to buy them why not find the best deal? its a shame when you see the item you just bought in the sales a few days later!
All them clothes and gadgets you just have to have all add up and can soon break your budget. It is not too difficult to bag yourself a good deal either. The art of savvy shopping is all about finding the cheapest price and to make your hard earned money go further.
If you want to pay less for the items you love, you should definitely consider becoming a savvy shopper. You can escape those overpriced items by following these simple savvy shopper tips and tricks that help us save money everyday.
Make a list
I love making lists! I feel they bring a bit of organisation to my chaotic life! When doing our food shop we always start in the kitchen, one writing a list and they other running around like a mad man checking for ingredients! The key is to meal plan, check what we have in and what we need to buy. This stops us wandering around the store and filling our trolley with unnecessary foods that will either go off or sit in the cupboard for the next few months!
Do you really need it?!
We all love a new outfit, don’t get me wrong, but once you buy the outfit, the ‘thrill’ of having it only seems to last a day or two, then it’s forgotten! Is it really worth the £30 price tag? A few years back, when we started our frugal journey, I would see an outfit I loved in a shop, try it on but not purchase it, I would then give it a month, and go back. If I still loved it just as much, I’d treat myself to it! But let me tell you, about 90% of the time, I’d have gone off it! It’s a short term thrill kind of thing. It’s saved me so much money on unnecessary spends!
Have a ‘savvy boss’ when shopping
By this I mean having someone that is sensible, someone to tell you to put things that you don’t really need back! To us, this is Jamie. I’m a sucker for a sweet treat, and I’m forever smuggling snacks into our trolley! Jamie is the brains that follows me around, taking it all back out!
When I take my mum shopping, she is worse than me! Anything and everything goes into her trolley. I find myself repeating the whole way around the shop ‘Do you really need that?’ She’s not really caught onto our frugal ways yet and is definitely NOT a savvy shopper, and it drives me nuts. It’s hard to get into the head of someone without the same mindset as us. I find it hard work as money saving has become a big part of our lives!
If we need any gifts or something branded, I normally check out mysupermarket.com. This is a price comparison site of the biggest supermarkets and it tends to save us a few bob! It lets you know where the item is on offer, and I normally just grab it next time I pass said store so I’m not going out of my way for it.
For our normal weekly shop, after trying many supermarkets, we found Lidl the best for us. It’s strange doing your first shop there as hardly anything is big branded, but after trying their own brand items, I’ve come to love them, and their price even more! Even Noahs nappies are bought from here as they are the best and cheapest I’ve found so far, which is a bonus!
Never pay full price!
Jamie and I love a good bargain! Often I find myself going without for a few weeks until things go in the sale. I can’t bare paying full price knowing it will be half that a few weeks later! A fabulous tool for this is an app called ‘Hot deals UK’. It’s a place where people post all things sale and reduced. I find I spend half my time on it!
I very rarely buy clothes without them being sale, as I find it pointless. Often you can pick things up for a couple of pounds and put them away for the following year if it’s seasonal! It’s a great, savvy shopper way to save money. Jamie loves to raid supermarkets for their reduction stickers and stock our freezer with it all! You mostly find the big supermarkets do their reduced prices on an evening. Go stock up!
I hope some of my tips will help you become a savvy shopper and save money as they do us! Do you have any methods that work for you? I’d love to hear them! As always, live more, spend less!