Confessions of a Shopaholic:
How to Shop Smart
By Shanice, age 15, South Africa
Sweet Designs Featured Writer
1. Sale Items
When you see the magic 'S' word, you automatically want to buy something - anything - simply because it is on sale.
Stop and think if: a) you really need the item - will you wear or use it, and where to? and b) you would buy it if it were still at the full price.
If the answer is 'no', then put the item down and walk away.
2. Shop Around
Popular items can usually be found in different stores at different prices. Shop around for the item you're looking for. You'd be surprised at how much, in some case, you are able to save.
And you can use the money saved to buy something else!
3. Identify Your Style
Everyone has their own personal style. Identifying your style will allow you to stop making impulsive purchases, and you can mix and match items in your wardrobe.
4. Don't Fall into Peer Pressure
Just because your friends are buying a certain item doesn't mean you should too. Like I mentioned above, everyone has their own style. What appeals to your best friend might not appeal to you. It helps sometimes to shop on your own.
5. Get Back to Your Basics
While we all love to be seen with the hottest purchases for the season, never underestimate the power of your wardrobe basics. These are items such as: short-sleeved white and black T-shirt, long-sleeved white and black T-shirt, cardigan, black dress, jeans, denim jacket, etc. Items you can pair up with anything.
6. Splurge ... Occasionally
It's okay to splurge, if you do it once in a while. Maybe every month or every few months, depending on your budget. There's nothing that beats the feeling of having an item that you treated yourself to.
So those are my tips for shopping smart. Try them out. You'll be surprised at what a difference they make. Happy shopping!