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Top 5 Tips for Shopping on a Budget

The following is a guest post.


Even though everyone loves shopping and getting brand new outfits to wear, the only problem you may find is that the clothes that you like and want the most also happen to be the most expensive. Shopping on a budget is nowhere near as fun as going on a shopping spree. Everyone hates it when they fall in love with a top or a skirt and are going to buy it but then look at the price tag and realise it is well out of their affordable budget.

There are a few tips that people need to consider when they are shopping on a budget. Firstly you should always look for any current deals and offers. There are always deals and offers available. Even if you have to look around more shops than you hoped to, you will eventually find a great offer. Even if an item is on sale that you may not currently need but will eventually need in the future then you might as well buy it when it is at a low price, it will help you to save money in the future.

Although this is true, the second tip is not to buy products that you do not need. Everyone has those moments where they impulse buy and then when they get home, they realise that they do not need the product at all. Impulse buying can waste you a lot of money without you even realising. If you are considering buying something then you should think about it and decide properly if you actually will wear or use the item before purchasing it.

The third great tip on how to still buy your favourite items but at an affordable price is to find discount vouchers or coupons, these can be found online or on leaflets. You can use coupon codes to save money for any items you wish in that store. Most shops always have discounts available for certain items and are always offering many discount codes to encourage people to shop there. Walmart offers discounts all of the time, so this is a shop that you should definitely consider going to.

The fourth tip that people should definitely take into account is the fact that shopping at the more price competitive, cheaper stores does not necessarily mean that you have to compromise on style. You can buy identical outfits on Ebay or in charity shops that you can purchase from the most expensive stores. This is a great way to save you money.

Finally, the fifth tip is to actually consider trying to save money before you plan to go shopping. Save for that ‘must have’ item, making the purchase all the more special.

Out of these five tips, the main tip for shopping on a budget is definitely to ‘shop around’, do your research and buy items that have deals and offers on;  there are regular offers at Target and many more stores. Shopping on a budget does not need to mean poor quality products, indeed you can purchase that product you desire with careful planning; deals, offers and discounts in store and online can make that dream item a reality.

About Andrea Whitmer

Andrea is a freelance web developer and mom trying to maintain a sense of humor in an otherwise chaotic world. She blogs in hopes of helping others avoid the same mistakes she made in the past. Join in the discussion here on So Over This, or connect on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Google Plus. You can also subscribe to new posts via RSS so you never miss out!


  1. Great post Andrea. I hope it will be helpful to those who tend to splurge when they go shopping. I agree with you it is very necessary to shop around and to check things out before you buy something.

  2. Planning is key! Great tips!

  3. Really great post. It's scary to think that most people go purchase products impulsively, don't look at price tags and don't seek deals when they should. Hopefully more people read this. I have yet to seriously shop for clothes on eBay but have purchased other products on eBay quite often, it's always a great place for deals (if you know what you're doing).

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