Not everyone has time to shop, despite how much we love it, so why not plan to make the most of the retail therapy time that you have? You know, it’s that time of year again. The holidays are quickly approaching and the longer you wait the more stressful it will be when you have to bite the bullet and face the throngs of the frantic people in crowded shopping centers looking for that same great deal you are. So, it may be in your best interest to plan ahead so that your next shopping trip will be one full of ease and relaxation. Here are a few tips to for planning ahead and making the most of your shopping expedition.
The first tip for stress free shopping is to schedule your priorities and dedicate a slot of time ahead of time where you have nothing to focus on but going shopping. This sounds simple but for the corporate women and super moms of the world making room for free time can be extremely difficult. More likely than not if you are a nine to five worker than your best option is going to be finding some time in your busy weekend. Plan a few weeks in advance to put aside one whole day to get done every thing you need to accomplish and maybe some little extras you want to do!
One of the best things you can do is have your goals for this time in mind. Know what you need to get and have an exact budget in mind to accomplish it. This will not only prevent you from wasting a whole day and accomplishing nothing but it will also make you be more aware of your spending and maybe encourage you to wait for that great deal that will allow you to fit a few little extras into that tight budget. It may take some will power but make yourself stick to your budget. You don’t want your well planned trip to make you feel guilty later on because you made your piggy bank cry.
If you decide to go on the weekend your going to find that this is when most of the best sales are going on, which brings us to our next super shopper tip; Always shop the sales! Take a few minutes during the week to peruse your local newspaper sales ads to see what kind of deals are out there for you. Is your favorite shoe store having a BOGO day? Is your favorite designer chain having a seasonal clearance sale? These are often some of your best opportunities to save on some great quality pieces. Also, check online at some of these same retailer’s web sites. You may be surprised to find that many have printable coupons online that you can bring to the store for additional discounts. Who said coupons were for grocery shopping?
The last tip for planning an efficient shopping excursion is to avoid the crowds. If there is no way to make time in your busy weekend for a guilt free shopping trip, try making shorter but still efficient trips in your free time during the week. Have an extra few minutes on your lunch break? Try visiting your favorite stores and boutiques around lunch time and have the advantage of shopping without the crowds the same applies to early morning shopping. Remember, still have in mind what you need and only spend what you have budgeted for to make your time more efficient.
Shopping doesn’t have to be stressful, in fact, if you plan accordingly it can be that ever elusive relaxation time that comes so few and far between for the busy women of the world. Just remember the tips you learned to make the most of your time and have a thoroughly enjoyable, easy, breezy shopping trip!