Ways to Save Money When You’re Shopping
There are things you need and there are things you do need, but when people step into malls and shops, the lines between the two can quickly become blurred. If you are looking to make some extra room in your budget, saving money should be a priority on your list. Saving may not come naturally to you and you may find it a challenge to cut spending on particular areas, but it can certainly be done.
Saving money means that you search for ways to pay less when you make purchases. It means paying the best price for the things you buy, deciding not to buy everything you want, and not buying the things you do not need at all. What are the many ways to cut your spending and save money when making a purchase?
There are plenty of price matching websites and apps available today, so make them work for you.
There are also browser extensions which can help you view an item’s price history, see when it is on sale and for what price it is available. This can be a double-edged sword, as sometimes you can strike too early or too late when nabbing your goods. That’s why our top-tip, is to have a price in mind that you want to spend, and if it reaches that price, buy it – this way, you know you spent what was reasonable, and anything more or less than that, won’t hurt as much!
You can also consider buying from retailers that offer price matching, such as Amazon, John Lewis and Currys-PC World. The only thing you need to do is provide proof that an item you have your eye on is cheaper somewhere else and in-stock, and they will often gladly match the price for you! Another top-tip, is to take advantage of free-warranties, provided by John Lewis in particular, for peace-of-mind with those larger purchases!
Buy used, refurbished or older models
Most people want to purchase brand new things but we all know just how much newness costs. Make it a habit to check used or refurbished options whenever you have the chance. Think about the amount of money you will save if you buy a refurbished laptop instead of a new one. Just keep in mind that there are risks involved when you buy used items.
If you are not a fan of purchasing used items, you can buy older or refurbished models. If you want a new pair of running shoes, you have the option to buy last year’s model instead of the latest and you will find them about £30 or £40 cheaper – and there are many easy ways to find them. Sites such as Amazon and eBay have Refurb sections, allowing you to make a cheeky saving on your purchases, and it ranges from laptops and home-appliances, all the way to charging-cables and phone-cases. New, isn’t always better!
Make a shopping list
Before you go on errands, make a list of the things you need to buy. The rule is to stick to your list and only buy what is on it. This will help prevent you from splurging on impulse buys. There are plenty of apps out there that help you do this, and it could save you as much as £30 per month! We used Bring which remembers items that you’ve bought previously, and makes sure you don’t forget the things you buy most!
Check for coupons and promotions
A popular solution for saving money when making purchases is to look for coupons. Coupons have gained popularity these days and they are easily available. However, it can be a little time-consuming if you search every magazine and newspaper for them. What you can do is to make them come to you instead and you can do this by setting up an email account where coupons and store newsletters can be sent.
Check this email if you would like to make a purchase because if you check it every day, you might be tempted by all the sales going on and end up spending. Always know your limits! You can also check sites such as HotUKDeals for deals and discounts.
Our top-tip for this, is to use an app like Haul, to save time in finding and claiming those amazing offers.
Saving money is never easy, but all it takes is diligence and patience when pulling-the-trigger on the bigger buys. It always hurts when parting with your cash, but thankfully the internet and some amazing tools exist to help us get the very best deals – from groceries to insurance and from pet-stuff to landlines. Spend wisely, save wisely!