Some people enjoy shopping while others hate it. Whether you love shopping or not, the fact remains that you have to do it. You need to go shopping to buy things that you need for you to function. You need clothes, food and other stuff which you can only get though shopping. When you do go out to buy things, you need to make sure that you do it in the right way. There is a right way and a wrong way of doing your shopping. If you keep on doing it in the wrong way, then you would be wasting your time and money because of that. You have to stay away from the mistakes that consumers normally make when they are out shopping. You need to be smarter than that.
In order to help you in your evolution towards becoming a smart consumer, we have listed here the most common shopping mistakes that people make. By being aware of these mistakes you can be sure that you would not commit them.
Allowing Salespeople to Influence You
This is a shopping mistake that many consumers make. They allow salespeople at the stores to influence their decisions whether to buy products or not. Most of the time, we look at the staff at the stores as experts on matters relating to the product that they are selling. Women might ask the salespeople about make up for example. While they might really be experts, you should never forget that they are also experts at another thing and that would be selling. Their job is to sell products to you, so their advice would be clouded by that aim of selling. They would always push the product that they are selling, no matter what. Rarely would you encounter a salesperson who would tell you that you don’t need to buy their stuff. You can ask them for their opinion, but don’t let the salespeople to make the decision for you.
Not Trying Clothes On
Now we go to something that’s a bit more specific. This is a shopping mistake that people make in connection with buying clothes. Some people make the mistake of not trying the clothes that they are buying. That can be a huge mistake because you would never know if a piece of clothing will fit you. You can always return an item that doesn’t fit, but there would be too much trouble that you probably wouldn’t bother. So, just make a habit of trying out clothes that you buy. Never buy clothes without trying them out or you could end up regretting it.
Buying Based on Brand
Most people are guilty of this. They buy a product based on the brand that’s written down on it and not because they need it or because they like the quality. If you are guilty of this, then you need to stop it right now. Shopping by brand can be foolish. What you need to do is to scrutinize the quality of each product that you are considering and then decide if it is worth your money or not. Shopping by brand is like saying that certain company does not make mistakes, which we all know isn’t the case. While the brand can be a factor when you go shopping, it should not be the only consideration.
Buying Because of a Sale
This is another mistake that many consumers tend to make. When they see a sale, they just feel that they have to buy something. They feel that they are really getting a great deal out of buying things from that sale, so they need to bring home something. You’re not really getting a good deal out of sale. Chances are that you bought things there not because of necessity but because of the low price. When you buy something that you don’t really need even if you got 30% off from its price, then you still wasted money. Stay away from those sales and train yourself to resist the impulse of wanting to take advantage of the offers.
Not Bringing a Shopping List
How do you go about with your shopping? Do you just go to a store and look at the things there and decide what to buy? If that’s the way that you do your shopping, then you waste a great deal of money. There is a smarter way of doing your shopping. First of all, you need to have a shopping list every time that you go out. A shopping list would enable you to go out and be sure about the things that you have to buy.
In creating that shopping list you need to think about all the stuff that you would need at home. Make sure that you put down everything that you need. The important thing about using a shopping list is that you have to stick to it. Making a list and not using it when you go out shopping is actually worse than not creating a list at all.
Shopping When You Are Hungry
Have you ever tried shopping for groceries when you feel hungry? You are sure to overspend when you do that. It’s quite simple to see why you would end up spending more than what you have intended if you go shopping when you are hungry. You tend to think more about food and you would end up buying more food items, items that are expensive. So make sure that you don’t go shopping when you feel hungry. This rule would also apply to being upset. Don’t go shopping when you are upset about anything. There is the likelihood that you would try to make yourself feel better by buying unnecessary things.
Not Having a Budget
This goes hand in hand with not having a shopping list when you go shopping. When you have not clearly set the amount that you can spend when you go shopping, the tendency is to overspend. That would normally happen because you have not clearly set your limits. So, before you go out shopping make sure that you have set the amount of what you will spend on that particular outing. You have to set your budget based on your list. You should have an estimate of how much your shopping would cost you based on that list. You should have an idea on how much each item would cost you.
Shopping with Someone
For some people shopping is a good time to go bonding. In reality however, this isn’t a good idea. The tendency when you shop with someone is to buy things that you don’t really need, so you spend more than what you have intended. This is especially true if you are shopping with your kids. They don’t care about your budget. When they see something that they want, that’s all that matters.
These are the more common shopping mistakes that people make. You have to learn how to stay away from committing these mistakes on your own every time that you go out to shop.