Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Are you a Frugal Shopper?



A frugal shopper has skills that help her gain benefit of the money-saving opportunities in life. Below I have listed several traits I’ve seen in frugal shoppers.  By incorporating these into your life, you can become a frugal shopper too.

1. A frugal shopper studies other people. There are probably people near you living a good life on half of what you make. Learn how others do things, so you'll have good options.

2. Frugality requires knowledge of values. It's hard to get a huge deal on a car if you don't recognize what a big deal is. Start enlightening yourself on prices, especially before you're ready to buy anything that costs a lot. Taking your time before purchasing anything, to compare, will save you lots of buck at the end. Frugal shoppers do not shop by impulse.

3. Frugal shoppers pay cash. Things are cheaper when paid for in cash instead of credit. Want that new patio set? The cost divided by the number of weeks you can wait to get it equals how much you need to set aside each week. You'll not only save on interest when you pay cash, but you'll often get a better price.

4. A frugal shopper looks for alternatives. Maybe you'd have just as much fun taking that discounted trip to the Bahamas as you would going to Jamaica. If you happen to enjoy pizza just as much - or more, skip the expensive restaurant and call Dominoes.- There are always cheaper and better alternatives.

5. Frugal shoppers tell people what they need. Just mention it in conversation. Do you know how many people get free or cheap things, just because they talk?

6. Do the math. You didn't really save $400 on that car if it costs you $500 more in gas each year. Also, be aware that some stores are cashing in on shopper's assumptions that larger is cheaper. Yes, the gallon of pickles might actually cost more than four quart jars. Be ready to do the math if you want to be a frugal shopper. Be cautions in accepting apparently “good” deals that at the end of the day will be more pricey. Take your time and do the math! – Something I really learnt from my father and I’m grateful my husband has the same habit.
Have you even done the math for the toilet paper?? I know it may sound ridiculous, but if you pay attention on either they’re single or double sheets and the length of the rolls you will realize not all the “good” deals are “good” enough.

Hope these tips bless your life!



6 comments:

  1. Angie,
    I appreciate your post. THere's been so much written about frugality, but your post actually contained some new ideas! Especially helpful to me was the encouragement to talk about what you need. It's been true in my life that there are often people in my life that have what I need, aren't using it, and would LOVE for someone else to have it. My daughter's getting ready to move into an apartment, and I"m putting the word out that she'll need furniture! Visiting from Be Not Weary today, and glad I did :)

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  2. Thanks Lori, glad you found some good ideas here :) We might move to the UK soon...so yeah, putting the word out it's been really useful with the friends we have already there! thanks again for stopping by and your kind words!

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  3. nice post thanks for sharing..found you thrue other bloggers hope visiting more..blessings

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting! yeah! hope to see you around soon! (:

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  4. Thanks for linking up at Thrifty Thursday! I love the way you presented this thoughts about frugality. It's really good to look at our motivations behind why we're frugal. I definitely learn a lot by observing the ways others spend too!

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  5. I am a frugal shopper, but you had a few great tips I hadn't thought of! =) Thanks!
    Alesha <3

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