can be a necessary evil or a fun, therapeutic activity. Whether it’s to stock
up on grocery items or treat ourselves to a new outfit or the latest gadget, it
can be difficult to keep costs down. Some of us are better than others at
spotting a good deal but there’s a lot more to being a frugal shopper than just
shops, especially supermarkets, are laid out in certain ways to encourage
spending: popular items are distributed at opposite ends of the store so
customers will pass by more products, while well-known impulse buy items such
as chocolate and magazines are sold near the checkouts.
supermarket, the best deals are found below or above eye-level; pricier stuff
tends to be on shelves we’ll see first, so get used to crouching down or
stretching up to get at the cheaper brand items.
until relatively recently, supermarket value range products were value in price
only. However, nowadays there’s generally very little difference between these
cheaper generic brands and the traditionally more expensive household names. As
such, always go for own-brands where possible.
aware of typical supermarket tricks and knowing how to get best deals, such as
buying in bulk (often cheaper), makes for pretty easy frugal supermarket
shopping. But other items such as clothes, electrical appliances and gadgets
are harder to spend less on, especially if you need to splash out on a pricey
appliance once in a while.
rule of thumb here is to do your research. Use consumer advice and price
comparison sites to check the latest models to ensure you’re getting the best
value for money. It’s always tempting to buy the first cheap model you like the
look of, but this can be a false economy if it has a bad reputation.
an impulse buyer, start to question your reasons for wanting certain items. Do
you need it? Is it essential? Walk away and sleep on it if it helps – you can
always return another day.
codes and store cards are another great way to save money on your shopping; the
more you spend, the more points you earn. Amex
UK rewards credit cards work in similar
ways: you can earn vouchers, tokens or even receive cash back. It’s a great way
to save as you shop.
author of this article is part of a blogging team that works with brands like
American Express. The content contained is for information purposes only and
should not be used to make any financial decisions.
~Catherine M. L. (Pearls and Peacocks Guest Writer)