I LIKE MY MONEY RIGHT WHERE I CAN SEE IT...HANGING IN MY CLOSET
Shopping -for some, it's a day well spent, and for others, it's a word of contempt! No matter what your attitude towards shopping may be, there are some ways to streamline the experience without breaking your back, wallet, or patience! Before you venture into a shopping center, make a list with two categories: Things you need and things you want. This will help you sort out your priorities. Vow to yourself that you won't buy something you want at the expense of something you need. Put yourself in a good mood. None of the employees in the stores want to deal with anyone in a bad mood. You'll get much further being pleasant while requesting help or looking for an item. Remember this even when you call stores for an item. No one wants to be yelled at by a perfect stranger while they're doing their best to do a good job! Do some preliminary research. Find the approximate price of the desired items to make sure you are getting a good deal, and also locate the stores where these items are being sold. The Internet is always a good place to start. Write the lowest price you found next to the item on your list. Budget. Decide how much money you'll allow yourself to spend. If possible, leave all your credit cards at home and withdraw enough cash from the bank to support your grueling day of shopping. When you're dealing with cold, hard cash, it's harder to go over your budget. However, it may be a good idea to keep one credit or ATM card with you in case of an emergency (emergency pairs of shoes or boxes of chocolates don't count!) but put a note on it that says "Use ONLY in case of a real emergency!". For example, buying a new outfit whenever you go clubbing (was just a silly joke or maybe not...). Try everything on. It is better to spend more time in a store initially than to be unsatisfied with what you buy and return later to wait on the Customer Service line. Fully inspect all items before you try them on for safety and sanitary reasons. Reward yourself with an ice-cold beverage at the end. You've had a long and busy day, and you deserve it! Even though you rewarded yourself with all those purchases on that day!