To know me is to know that I enjoy shopping, but
what I enjoy most is shopping while keeping my wallet's best
interest in mind.
As parents, making wise spending decisions is
necessary for a number of reasons. For one, good spending habits
will enable you to stash cash away for rainy days and instill good
purchasing and saving ideas in your kids' repertoire no matter how
young or old.
But most importantly, the satisfaction of knowing
that you are able to save your family a few extra bucks simply by
tweaking your shopping habits here and there will make the shopping
experience a little more fun.
Since 75 percent of women identify themselves as
the primary shoppers in their household, I figured I would dedicate
my list of tried and true shopping tips to my fellow moms. Dads,
you can read too.
Here we go!
Make a list.
Have you ever been to the grocery store without a
shopping list? How has that worked at for you? I can tell you how
it's worked for me . . . It didn't.
Lists are so very important when it comes to
shopping for anything. They eliminate unnecessary spending and help
you stay on track. I use them all the time, although for some
reason, they never seem to work at Target.
Email sign up
A few years ago, I opened an email account solely
for the purpose of receiving newsletters and sale alerts from my
favorite brands and in all honesty it has helped me get great deals
to some of my favorite stores.
I find that separating my "sales alerts" email from
your work or personal email helps me filter them a little
End of season sales
Buy off season for the next season. Retailers
always begin reducing cold season apparel at the beginning of
January and those sales usually last until the end of February up
until the first week of March.
And when summer comes to an end, shop from August
to mid-September for the following summer.
This is a great way to shop for kids. Gap and Old
Navy have some of the best deals!
Outlet malls are a great way to save on some of
your favorite designer brands. Scoring a designer bag or shoes at a
heavily discounted price is never a bad thing, plus outlet malls
have something for everyone in the family. Thankfully Illinois has
a few outlets to choose from which makes it all the more
And there you have it ladies . . . and
I've tried all of the above and as a result . . . I
shop more . . . and spend less ;)
Charlotte Betts is a Canadian expat, wife and mother adopted by the Windy City. Fluently bilingual in French and English, Betts is a fashion connoisseur with a slight obsession to red lipstick. She also curates milknhonee an inspirational mommy and me style blog.
See more of Charlotte's stories here.
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