Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hunting and Gathering

Day 2: Educate us on Something You Know A Lot About or Are Good At

It took me a long while to figure out what to write about for today's post. I think I've figured out the one thing I'm really awesome at. Ready?


I am SO good at shopping. I mean, I even wrote a whole post about stalking the Target clearance section. I shop a lot, but I never spend more than I can afford. Here are some of my tips (that should be incredibly obvious but sometimes aren't).

Funny Retailmenot Ecard: I hope my ancient ancestors would be proud of my bargain hunting and gathering skills.

1. Stalk the clearance section. (Really? You didn't think this would be first?) When I enter a store, that is the first place I look. Always. I very rarely buy things at full price. Keep in mind: everything goes on sale.

2. Wait for a sale if you know it's coming. I like to shop online and I always wait for some super awesome sale before I shop my favorite stores. Most of the places I shop anyway have sales pretty regularly. Gap recently had a 35% off your whole purchase sale, so of course that's when I stocked up.

3. Coupons. Granted, I don't use coupons when I go grocery shopping. But before I hit checkout when I shop online I always hit up RetailMeNot. Even if it only gets me free shipping, I know I saved some money. (I promise I didn't pick that ecard because of just kind of worked out that way.)

4. Outlets. I'm lucky enough to live right down the street from two of my favorite stores' outlets. I try not to go too often, because even mass quantities of discount items are expensive. If you don't live near an outlet, try planning to hit one up on your next road trip/vacation. It's pretty much impossible to travel a great distance without passing or being very near an outlet mall.

5. Save up. This obviously won't score you a sweet deal, but if there's something you really want and can't live without, save up for it. It's totally acceptable to treat yourself once in a while, as long as you're not buying expensive things all the time or on impulse. Plus, who knows -- by the time you've saved the money for it, it might have gone on sale. Awesome.

6. Make a deal with yourself. This sounds crazy, but hear me out. I have a rule that if I see something at the store that I love, but maybe don't need, I won't buy it. If I'm still thinking about that item a week later, I will go back and get it. Usually I forget about whatever the item is, so obviously it would have had no great impact on my life had I spent the money on it. If it's still in my brain later on, then I know I was meant to have it.

Those are my (slightly obvious) tips and tricks. If I see a super sparkly glitter notebook for $3, I'm probably gonna buy it. If I see super sparkly glitter shoes for $50, I will wait until they go on sale.  


Julia Z said...

Great post! Yours actually helped me realize that I had something to write about, so thank you! I hope you don't mind(let me know if you do!) but I linked to your post within mine and credited you with my "a-ha!" moment.

Anonymous said...

Kind of funny but I'm more like to use coupons for clothes than groceries too! :) These are all great tips. Happy Friday!