Money Saving Shopping Tips For The New Year

As the New Year dawns brightly upon us we all resolve to lose more weight, spend more quality time with our families, and to become more financially secure. These are all wonderful resolutions, and with a little planning we can accomplish each of these goals. The following shopping tips are designed to help you start your New Year off right.

Grocery Shopping Tips
Groceries are some of those items that we all must have. What we do not have to have is a large bill for groceries that are going to make us fat, or wind up sitting in the fridge until they spoil. There are a few approaches to buying food that we can take to stop these things from happening.

• Make a menu for the week, or the month. Then you can follow the menu and eliminate excess purchases.

• Make a list before you go to the store.

• Stick to your list. No matter how great the sale item is you need to stick to your list. You will be training yourself to resist impulse purchases.

• Buy fresh as often as possible. Fresh fruits and vegetables are healthier for your diet. Do not buy massive quantities because fresh fruits and vegetables have a limited shelf life.

• Never shop for food when you are hungry. Eat a light snack before you go shopping for food and this will reduce impulse purchases.

• Never shop for food when you are in a hurry. When you are in a hurry you will buy more items, buy more expensive items, and likely not buy healthy items.

Shopping Tips for Household Goods
We all need things in our homes from time to time. New bed linens, decorative accessories, and even major appliances. You have to plan to shop wisely for these items in order to save money through the year.

• Quality linens cost a little more, but they last a lot longer. Buy quality linens during January for the biggest price break.

• Do not buy decorations on an impulse. It is okay to browse in the accessory shops, and admire all of the beautiful items available, but do not buy something on the spur of the moment. Admire the item, then go home and decide where you would place the item, and if the item matches your other décor. Impulse buys can add up to large amounts of money each year.

• Put three percent of each of your paychecks into a savings account that you designate for appliances. When your washer goes out you will have some money to use for the repairs, or the purchase of a new machine.

Shopping Tips for Clothing
We have to have clothes to wear, but we do not have to have the most expensive items on the racks, and we do not have to have so many clothes in our closet. In order to save money you have to assess your wardrobe with an open mind. The key here is to remember that you need all things in moderation. You do not need 20 pairs of shoes.

 

Shopping Tips For Hassle Free Christmas Shopping

downloadChristmas is fast approaching and it sometimes seems like there are more people than ever to buy for. In order to make sure that you get hold of all of your presence in time for Christmas, you should try to follow these helpful shopping tips.

Make a list
Despite the number of Christmas songs that mention making a list, the number of people who fail to make one is absolutely incredible, and that is why it is the number one tip on this roundup of Christmas shopping tips. Make a list; check it twice, as the famous song goes. It even pays off to check it a third time, once you think all your shopping is done, so that you can make sure you have got everything for everyone. A list will also help to give you more focus whilst you shop and can help you to put more thought into the gift buying process.

Do most of your shopping at once
Pick a day to do all of your shopping, and try to get as much of it done as possible. Visit a major shopping area, such as a mall or a shopping village, where there is a lot of parking, so that you will be able to get everything sorted out and put into the boot of your car once it is bought. A mall or a village will allow you to visit a huge number of shops in a relatively small amount of space, so you will be able to find as many things as possible. Sorting everything out at once will leave you feeling relaxed throughout the rest of the festive period.

Do your shopping early
Doing your shopping earlier can help you to avoid facing a mad scramble on Christmas Eve. You will also find that more of the things that you want are in stock if you do your shopping earlier, and if they are not in stock, the shop will have plenty of time to order them in for you. If you have ever given someone a substandard gift because you left your shopping too late, then you will understand how important shopping tips like this one can be!

Check posting dates
If you are ordering anything off the internet, always be aware of last posting dates. Smaller retailers may stop shipping in the first couple of weeks of December. If you are posting a parcel out to someone, be aware that everything can take a little bit longer around Christmas time.

Make homemade gifts
If you are low on funds this Christmas, but you are good at arts and crafts, consider making your own gifts for your closest family members. Buying raw materials from a craft shop is usually much cheaper than buying finished products. Christmas can be about giving something that represents you to your loved ones, so most people would be incredibly pleased to receive a gift that you have clearly put time, effort, love, thought and devotion into. Homemade gifts can range from foodstuffs to artworks.

 

Shopping Tips To Help You To Find Brand Name Bargains

In the current economic climate, many people are struggling to enjoy the same kinds of lifestyle that they used to enjoy. However, others still seem to be keeping up with all of the latest fashions and are still managing to buy all of the best brands without any trouble. Many of these people have shopping secrets to help them to get the best products at the lowest prices. If you want to find out some of their shopping secrets, then read on to discover some top shopping tips.

One well kept shopping secret is to shop at outlet stores. Outlet stores sell top-quality, brand name goods at low prices. The goods aren’t damaged at all, nor is there anything wrong with the lines which are being sold. Products aren’t out of date and most outlet stores sell this season’s fashion, therefore these types of stores are an excellent place to buy fashionable items at low prices. Outlet villages are even better places to visit than outlet stores, because they allow you the opportunity to get cheap deals from a whole range of brand name stores, all in one place. The only negative thing about outlet villages is that they are often located outside of town centres, so they may be slightly harder to get to.

If you do not live near an outlet village, it pays to keep your eyes peeled for bargains elsewhere. If you are considering an item, but you are worried about the price, ask an assistant if there will be a sale soon. If you are lucky, the item will go in the sale, but this is not guaranteed. However, if you have already tried the item on in store, checking for sale items on the company website may be able to save you a pretty penny.

Another one of the top shopping tips is to be friendly to shop staff. Many people think that being more demanding with shopping staff can help you to get discounts, however staff members are more likely to help you if you are nice to them. If you notice an issue with a fixable issue, politely point it out to a shop assistant and they may mark the price of the item down for you. If you are friendly to shop assistants, they are more likely to help you out in other ways too, such as hunting down stock. They may even be able to give you tips about when the sale will start or when new stock will come in.

If you cannot afford full price items, one of the most successful shopping tips is to visit charity shops to see what is available. Although some items in these shops may have gone out of fashion, there are plenty of staple items which will not go out of fashion, such as shirts and plain tops. As well as being great places to find low cost items, buying from charity shops will also help you to support a good cause.

 

Singapore Shopping Tips

Singapore is a great place for shopping. The reason why so many tourists love to visit Singapore is because it has a lot of shopping destinations to satisfy their shopping needs. If you intend to come to Singapore in the near future, shopping at Orchard Road, VivoCity, and Suntec City is something that you cannot miss.

In Singapore, there is The Great Singapore Sale. It usually happens in mid-year whereby all major shopping malls and boutiques will be offering discounts for their goods. Therefore, try to visit Singapore in June so that you will not miss the Great Singapore Sale.

In this article, I will share with you 5 shopping tips so that you will have a great shopping experience in Singapore:

1. Bring along your credit cards. In Singapore, there are a lot of restaurants and shopping centres which offer discounts for credit card holders. Depending on which card you hold, you will get different discounts for your goods. Make sure that you bring along more popular cards like Visa or MasterCard.

2. Visit Singapore in June. As I have mentioned earlier on, Great Singapore Sale will start from June and last for around 1 month. So try to plan your trip to Singapore in the mid-year. Other than the Great Singapore Sale, there are sales during the Chinese New Year period which is either around end January or early February. And not forgetting about Christmas sales season too!

3. Aware of Goods and Service Tax (GST). All goods and services in Singapore are subject to 7% GST at the point of this writing. So do not be shocked that the goods that you see are not in net prices.

4. Bargain at the right place. If you buy anything from roadside stalls, you should always bargain. Do not take the initial price as the final price. Some of the bargain areas are Bugis Street, Little India, Chinatown and Sim Lim Square.

5. Change your money to Singapore dollars. There are many money changers in Singapore. Before you change your money, make sure that you compare the currency exchange rates between different changers. And also make sure that the changers are licensed.

Hope that with these tips, you are now more prepared to shop in Singapore. Singapore is a shopping paradise and if you are a shopaholic, it is a country that you absolutely must visit. While you are in Singapore, you should not forget to try local food delicacies such as Chilli Crabs. Good trip!