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How You Can Become a Smart Shopper


Do you buy new clothes and still complain about having nothing to wear? Are you tired of spending your money on things you don’t really need? Do you want to be a mindful shopper and start saving your money? Here are a list of tips to help you achieve all of this.

Don’t look at the price

When shopping we tend to look for “the best deals,” but we end up buying useless things that we don’t really need. How many times have you bought a sale item and regretted it a few days later? We end up throwing money away just because we think we are getting a good deal, but how good is the deal if you’re never going to wear what you’re buying?

Ask yourself if you really need it

When shopping around ask yourself if you need it or if you have something similar at home. Do you really need another pair of leggings when you already own a whole drawer worth of them?

This is why it is important to make a list of the things you need before going shopping. This will ensure that you won’t drift off and start buying other things that you don’t really need.

Is there a cheaper alternative?

If you’re looking for a pair of pants you should shop around to see if there is a cheaper alternative available. Remember that sometimes the expensive pair of leggings you want to buy and manufactured in the same factory as the ones sold at Costco. Same does for makeup, the Sephora collection makes their makeup in the same factory as most makeup brands.

A really popular example is the Prada re-edition bag that everyone went crazy over. These bags were sold in fast fashion stores for way less. So, if you’re thinking of buying a $3000 bag, see if you could spend $20 on one that looks exactly the same without have to break the bank.

Do you see yourself using it for a long period of time

Cost per wear is the best way to determine whether or not you should buy a clothing item. For example, if you want to buy a new pair of Lululemon leggings valued at $100 and you see yourself wearing them at least 15 times a month, then your cost per wear will be around $7 a month.

When you calculate it like this you see that it’s worth it to buy a certain clothing item because you’ll get a lot of use out of it.

Stick to buying the classics

When you go shopping you want to buy things that are versatile and can be worn with a lot of different things. Avoid buying things in flashy colours like neon yellow that can’t be worn with many different things.

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