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10 Ways To Shop Like A Professional

January 29th, 2012

Shopping can be a chaotic minefield but it doesn’t have to be. Armed with just a few simple tricks and clever tactics, why not endeavour to make shopping a success for you, your wardrobe and your bank balance?

Budget

The most important aspect of your shopping trip- to ensure you don’t end up with those post-shopping blues, look at your finances before you begin. Work out what you can afford for your shopping spree before you start making a list of what you want. It will be harder to do it the other way round.

List

Think carefully about what you need in your wardrobe, then about what you want and then decide how far you are willing to compromise. If you know you need a new pair of black boots and all you can find is a pair of chocolate brown boots, it is not necessarily the right second choice, if your reasoning is, “I just want to buy something”. If you know you need black boots then hold out for them. Make a list with two or three columns- 1/ Things I really need, 2/ Things I’d like but don’t really need, 3/ Luxury items that I’m lusting after. If you’re on a strict budget you should aim to stick to 1/ but if you have less financial constraints or you don’t actually need anything then keep it to 2/ with a smattering of 3/.

Plan

Decide on your route and destinations before you arrive. Plan exactly when you’re going to leave and stick to it. Look upon your trip as fulfilling a mission rather than a pleasant day’s shopping. Weekends are exceptionally busy and chaotic. Without clever planning, a shopping trip has the potential to leave you feeling stressed and jaded, making you more likely to miss out on those really smart purchases and ending up with rubbish you neither like, need nor want.  

Tip….. Why not be clever and research online so you know where to go before you buy. 

Timing

When you go shopping is crucial but the best time to go depends on what you’re hoping to achieve. Crowds and congestion increase in the middle of the day and at the very end so avoid these times at all costs and go early, early, early! Shops are tidier, stock is generally better organised and assistants are more buoyant and helpful. 

Need Vs Want

In these less than forgiving financial times, we all want to come out winners in our wardrobe and clothing purchases. If an item does not look that great on you, doesn’t fit that well and the colour is not quite perfect- don’t buy it. As with every other purchase you make, only ever buy something if it feels right and you can see yourself wearing it. A bargain is not a bargain if you never cut the label off, it is merely a waste of money.   

What To Wear And Bring

It is vital that you dress for the ‘occasion’. Your first priority should be comfort and ease of changing. Ideally, wear leggings and a long, loose top over a vest which will allow for some swift shop floor changes and avoiding the fitting rooms. Leggings are comfy and easy to get on and off when you are in a private room. Choose comfortable footwear that you’re happy to be on your feet all day in. If you can, wear shoes or boots you’d normally wear so you can get an idea how they look with your outfits. Bring a pair of flats (if you can) if you’re looking for new clothes that you’ll be wearing without heels. On the other hand, keep your handbag small but big enough to fit a bottle of water inside and make sure you bring a bottle and some light snacks to keep you going such as nuts or dried fruit. The best handbags for shopping are across the body small bags which won’t be knocked off your shoulder in congested environments. 

If you can, wear a lace free, strapless, nude tee shirt bra and nude knickers. The less distraction the better when trying things on and nude underwear is always the safest bet as it camouflages against the skin. Avoid heavily embellished bras and pants which can distract from outfits. 

If you’re going to a shopping centre consider leaving your coat in the car so you’re left with as few layers as possible.

Check Returns And Other Store Policies

All shops have different returns policies and the more expensive among them tend to have shorter grace periods. The other thing to be aware of is that most shops will put items on hold unless it is during sales. 

Discounts, Savings and Rewards

Now is the time to use cash back credit cards or store reward cards to earn points. Also check for deals and discounts that shops are doing in addition to their standard reductions. Go online and search for voucher codes or go to websites like moneysavingexpert.com < http://moneysavingexpert.com>  < http://moneysavingexpert.com < http://moneysavingexpert.com/> >  for latest offers and discounts.

Shop Online

If you either can’t face the crush of the high street or you can’t find a particular item in your size, go online. Most online refund policies are far more in favour of the consumer than their high street equivalent. It is also much easier to return goods at the post office than to make a trip to the shops. Check online for free delivery deals too. The only disadvantage of this method is that you may be liable for return postage costs so check the retailer’s policy before you buy.

Be Polite And Courteous To Staff And Shoppers

It is not only stressful for shoppers but for the staff too. They are experiencing exactly what you are, except they are trying to work and do not have the pleasure of making purchases. A little politeness and a smile goes a very long way. Speak to staff and others as you would hope to be spoken too. They will be more likely to want to help you, will be more lenient with how much you can take in the changing room and may even go to search for things in the stock room despite telling the grumpy person before you that they had sold out!

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