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Ways to save money while shopping

From apps to student discounts, there are many ways to save money

Written by Megan Stonecipher and posted in life

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Shopping for new clothes is always fun, that is until you find out that the shirt you just tried on is way out of your budget.  We’ve put together a list of things you can do in order to save money while shopping.

Tips for saving money while shopping 

Only bring the cash you need

  • Before you go out, decide on the amount you'd be okay with spending. Put that amount of cash in your wallet. 

  • Once the money runs out, your shopping is done for the day.

Shop around

  • After you have found an item that you really like, be sure to scope out competition stores to see if they have the same item for a lower price.

  • Trying to find a lower price, will give you the opportunity to seek out possible coupons/discounts and think about if you really need to buy this item as well.

Don’t impulse buy

  • Always try and think carefully before purchasing anything while shopping- especially if it is expensive.

  • Try to take some time to sleep on it and see how you feel about it afterwards.  

  • Make a list of the things you plan on buying before leaving the house, and don't buy anything that isn't on your list.

  • When in doubt, leave the store. If you decide later that you do actually want it, you can always go back the next day.

When it comes to clothes, stick to the basics

  • Before you buy any clothes, think about how much you'll actually wear it. 

  • Basics are versatile, and chances are you'll be better off with a smaller number of basic pieces that you can layer and accessorize to make them stand out.

Go thrift shopping

  • Buying used clothes can be a fun way to add to your wardrobe or book collection

  • Buying used is better for the environment and cheaper than buying new things

Always ask for student discounts

  • The only bad thing that can come out of you asking for a student discount is the salesperson saying ‘no.’

  • So be sure to always ask for a student discount when you are checking out- some of the stores that you would least expect having a student discount end up having one.

  • Topshop, Topman, Urban Outfitters, and Oasis are just a few of the stores that offer student discounts, you can find more here

Use apps

  • In today’s world there is an app for everything, which nonetheless includes money saving shopping apps.

  • Reep Rewards, Which? Reviews, Pricespy, Vouchercloud and DoneDeal are just a few of the apps that help save you money while shopping.

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Published July 12th, 2017
Last updated March 20th, 2018
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