We can all attest to falling prey to inadequate household shopping hence forcing us to keep on buying new things at the break of any new dawn. This should not be the case however, because this habit consumes too much of our income and even wastes a lot of time (you know, being in the queue to the supermarket till every day) I therefore offer you advice that will last you a lifetime. The following are five tips on how to make sure you get your money’s worth of household shopping.
Set a specific time limit for you shopping
When you begin to shop for your house, make sure that you have established how long the said shopping should last. That said you should determine the duration and period you will engage in your next household shopping. This is in terms of frequency, will you do your household shopping, monthly, weekly, annually? This will also help you to gauge how much money you intend to spend. Therefore you should make sure that your periodic household shopping takes place when you have the money to blow.
Make sure that as you begin the shopping you have taken down a list of everything that you will URGENTLY need for the house. Take note of the key word which is urgent. You must be sure to shop for the things you need and not the things you want. The list should represent everything that will be needed daily.
Embrace bulk shopping
As you undertake your shopping, it is cheaper to take stock of some items in bulk so as to ensure longevity and accountability. This will help you monitor the use of those items and take note of the rate at which they are being used. Examples of items that fall under this category are tissue, bathing soap, washing soap, baking flour and grains.
Shopping at sales
Some items however cannot be stocked in bulk because they may be under the category of perishables. It is therefore advisable for you to take up a frequent routine of shopping for them so as to ensure they do not risk rotting in the house. This therefore calls for taking advantage of sales and promotions that mainly happen at our grocers or at the farmers market. We can therefore decide to shop there fortnightly or even weekly depend on your schedule and the availability of the sales outlets. Items under this category are vegetables, milk and other spices.
Word of mouth advertising
This is the most valuable form of advertising because it comes from the consumer’s mouth, although sometimes it may not be accurate because people share different experiences. Therefore it is important to note the recommended outlets of shopping that have a good reputation. This is to make sure that you enjoy your shopping experience and also create a rapport with the personnel, a relationship that can prove beneficial in the end (bonuses) for example.