What are your shopping habits?
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It is not unreasonable to want to save yourself some money whilst shopping in order to make your hard-earned money stretch further. Often times, people result to going to the discount shops such as Pound or Dollar Stores, however, in reality you may find that buying fewer and better quality items can be a much better strategy when it comes to saving your money in the long run. Being penny-wise with everyday household items is a good shopping habit; you can indeed be frugal and still enjoy higher end products and services that can help in enhancing your health and well-being.
Below is a list of benefits you can enjoy if you choose a shopping habit of shopping for higher quality products and services:
1. Less Stress.
Buying cheap toys or other electronic devices for your children can create hassles when they break down and need repairs. A brand name toy or tablet may function better and last longer, and often times come with longer guarantees or warranties. You can actually plan to buy such items at a cheaper price during the sale period.
2. Save Time.
The tendency to buy more of cheap items is always great, which often leads to more items in the house. When you have fewer belongings, you can spend less time cleaning, maintaining, and fixing them. A cluttered house can take a longer time to clean and tidy.
3. Less Wastage.
Consciously or unconsciously, we all tend to treat our valuable items with greater care and attention. Items that don’t cost you much are often left lying around and most often never used or damaged. We all have to look after our environment to make this world a better place for generations to come, the fewer items we dump into landfills the positive impact on the environment. Goods that are manufactured in line with strict standards often use materials and processes that are eco-friendly.
4. Feel more confident.
When you wear or use quality goods, your confidence gets boosted and you naturally feel good. Avoid blindly following the latest trends and learn to develop your own personal style. When shopping, go for items that suit your lifestyle and sense of taste. We don’t all have to wear wedges, be content with your ballerina flats until they wear out, regardless of who is wearing stiletto heels this season.
A shopping habit for higher quality is not limited to possessions, below are other places to look for higher quality:
- Invest in education. The money you spend on education and training is never wasted but a very wise investment. Paying more for a course or training that you need will eventually pay for itself many times over, provided it will prepare you for a successful and meaningful career.
- Pay Attention On Your Ride. After the house you live in, your car may be your next biggest expense. Invest in a reliable vehicle with good gas mileage rather than sinking more money into your old car that’s constantly breaking down. Check if your employer subsidies public transportation as it will make it cheaper than driving. You could save money and have more time to read.
- Regular Health Check. When money is tight, one of the things people are so quick to cut back on is medical care. Failing to manage chronic conditions and treating new symptoms promptly could lead to a more costly hospital stay or other major procedure. In the UK, we are lucky to have the National Health Service (NHS), but the service is not as it used to be and you cannot always guarantee prompt medical treatments.
- Buy Nutritious Food. Healthy food is more costly than junk food because healthy food keeps you and your family healthy and therefore lowers your medical bills. Buy organic fruits and vegetables, lean meat and eat more fish.
- Update your wardrobe. How many items do you have in your wardrobe that you’ve never worn and you regret buying them? Have a clear out and sell them on eBay. Then try putting together a new wardrobe with a limited number of versatile garments that you love.
- Take Time and Enjoy Life. Life is for living and you can enjoy it at close to nothing price. Surely there are sky high prices for some sporting events and amusement parks; nevertheless, there are many enriching free or low-cost activities you can enjoy. Visit the library to read a classic novel or play each week. Sign up for modern dance classes or gourmet cooking or dress making lessons.
- Plan a Vacation. Go online and look for holiday destinations that you can visit for a day trip or long weekend. Long holidays can be expensive and are not always for everybody. Smaller and more frequent vacations may give you more pleasure than one grand vacation that can leave you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.
- Give to Charity. There is so much power in giving; I cannot recommend it enough! When you give, whatever you give has a way of coming back to you in many folds and in unexpected ways. Make giving a habit. Consider supporting charities and or individuals the way major foundations and philanthropists do it by giving larger amounts of money to fewer causes for greater impacts.
One shopping habit you absolutely must learn to avoid hating yourself later is paying more attention to shopping for value rather than price tags. The benefits of having fewer items of better quality far outweigh buying a lot of cheap items. Buying quality items can make you a more productive, happier and healthier individual that like-minded people will want to associate with.
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