Just follow the steps below and revel in all of the swag you come home with.
1. Make a list. Don’t go shopping without a plan. Whether it’s the mall, the outlets, or your favorite shops, write down what stores you’re going to go to and what you are going to buy. Having a game plan will keep you on track and prevent you from wasting time or money.
2. Go early. Beat everyone else to the deals by starting as early as possible. Get up early and eat a good breakfast. Then, hit the stores the minute they open.
3. Set a spending limit. Decide on how much you plan to spend and take only that amount of money with you to the store. I suggest you only bring cash, as opposed to your bank card, or, even worse, your credit card. Those can be bottomless pits of spending. It’s safer to set a limit and take out only that amount from the ATM prior to shopping. You can’t spend what you don’t have, right?
4. Dress comfortably. Wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to pull off and on, for trying on clothes with ease. Keep your hair up in a ponytail or tight bun to avoid messing up your hair when trying on clothes and wear a pair of your most comfortable sneakers for all of the walking you’ll do. You’re not going out to find a husband, you’re going out to find a blouse, so don’t worry about looking cute.
5. Keep your hands free. Wear a cross body bag and pack it with only the essentials: keys, wallet, cell phone, and a snack bar. This will keep both hands free for shopping and carrying bags. You’ll be able to move easily through the the racks, and you won’t have to worry about leaving your purse sitting somewhere or having to keep an eye on it. The snack will also be great for a mid-shopping pick-me-up.
6. Keep it light. Once you’ve bought several items, take the time to put those bags in the car. This way, you won’t feel weighed down and you can continue shopping. Nothing is worse than having to carry a bunch of bags in and out of stores.
7. Coupons!!!!! Try and look for the best deals. Find coupons (online and in-store) and use them to your advantage. That 20% here or 15% there really adds up. Also, don’t be afraid of the clearance racks and clothes that are out-of-season. They always say that the best time to shop for summer is in the winter and vice versa.
8. Save your receipts. Just in case something doesn’t fit or you change your mind, keep all of your receipts in your wallet so that you can take anything back. Nothing is worse than pulling off the tags, throwing seat the receipts and then realizing that you don’t want that little black dress after all.
9. Make money to spend money. I’m all about saving as much money as possible, so, wouldn’t it be great if you found a thousand dollars in the street to go shopping with? Yeah, well, that probably won’t happen, but you can find extra money for your shopping trip by selling your old clothes. You could have a yard sale, sale some things on eBay, Craigslist, or on one of the bazillion clothing sale apps.
10. Have fun! Shopping can be a great experience, as long as you have a plan, dress comfortably, spend reasonably, and have a good time. A splurge every once in a while won’t hurt, right?