Nov 29, 2016

Tips to Shop Smart This Season

Tips to control your shopping urges and shop smart

With Holiday shopping in full swing now, it can be so tempting to shop a little for yourself while you’re shopping for others. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but today I’m sharing some tips to help you not get carried away in the process.

1. Make a list.
Planning ahead by making a list will always make your shopping easier. I prefer to make not only a list of who I’m shopping for, but the items or type of item as well. I have a simple gift list you can download here.

2. See what you have.
Take a look around your home and wardrobe and try to keep mental notes of everything. If you’re conscious of what you already have in your home and closet, you’ll be more conscious of what you already have and less likely to re-buy or purchase items that you don’t need.

3. Why do you need it?
Asking yourself this simple question may be an easy way to decide on a purchase. It’s easy to say that you “need” something, but asking yourself why will make you have to justify the purchase even more.

4. Make your own list.
If you truly need something for your home or wardrobe, make a list of items you need and carry it with you. If the item you’re thinking of buying isn’t on that list, don’t buy it. Easy!

5. Hold yourself accountable.
Think of where in your home this item will go. Do you need it (yes)? Does it fit immaculately (yes)? Would you wear it out of the store (yes)? Is it on sale (yes/no)? Would you buy it if it wasn’t (yes)? Don’t buy it if you don’t have the right answers to these questions.

You can ask yourself these same questions if you’re shopping online. You may have to try items on at home though, instead of in a store. Remember those return windows! Happy shopping!

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Those are great tips! I always make a list and promise to myself I’ll stick to it


Such great tips! I haven’t even started my holiday shopping so I really need to follow your tips and get to shopping!

Taylor |

Thank you for these tips!! I definitely make a list and have found it to be super helpful. Knowing what I need before I go shopping is a great way to make sure that I don’t overspend.
Charlene The Frugal Fashionista

I’m all about making lists before hitting the stores! Great tips!
xx, Bri ||

Making a list is the only way to shop. Keeps you accountable for spending $$ while also saving SO much time!

Making a list and questioning my purchases has helped us so much over the years. I used to get distracted and carried away when I was shopping, only to end up with things that I never really needed/loved in the first place. Going in with a set mission is crucial.

These are great tips. I usually try to make a list and stick to it. I agree with holding yourself accountable and staying on budget is really key to having a smart and successfully shopping season. Thank you!

These are such great tips! I always end up spending too much money on random things during the holidays but these seem like really good ways to cut down on that! I will definitely be keeping these ideas in mind!

Love these tips! I am so bad about not making a list and then forgetting something!!

These tips are awesome. I need to follow this advice.

Hannie from Missing Wanderer

Love those tips! So important to have a plan so that you don’t go in and buy the whole store! I’m terrible at doing the whole one for me, on for you thing. Woops!



Love these tips! Thanks for sharing!

so many great tips!! I really need to work on about half of these! lol xo

Thank you for these tips! Definitely making lists!

This was a really great need, especially because I just continue to Christmas shop. Thank you so much.

Steph || @trendyinindy

List making over the years has saved me thousands. I have to take mine with me on the phone. It’s so easy to get sidetracked and forget that you don’t NEED something.

I always make a list of the things I want to purchase and then I also write down how much and where they are from. And I usually get all my Christmas shopping done on Black Friday.

Amanda ||

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