Everyone has to go shopping at some time in their life. There’s just no way around it. You need food, you need clothing, and there are many other things people need to buy in order to survive. Even if you make your own clothes, you still have to buy the material!
There are ways to save money and get better values when you are shopping. It’s about far more than just buying cheap things though. Sometimes to save the most money you need to spend a little more.
Sometimes Price Equals Value
Sometimes shopping shouldn’t be about searching out the lowest price, it should be about looking for the best value. The means finding items that are going to last longer. That’s one of the downfalls of always shopping cheap, dollar store items often don’t last as long as something you’d spend a little more money for.
If you really want to know the value of something, and it’s a pricier investment (like a new TV or computer), spend some time online comparing prices and looking at reviews. Sometimes the cheaper option will have less perks than the one that costs a little more. But, you could also find that a cheaper option gets better reviews, so take the time to research.
Look At Washing Instructions
This rule is kind of two fold. If an item can be washed and dryed at any temperature, it could be good or bad. Items that require dry cleaning will often last longer, but you’ll invest more in them in the long run when you have to weekly pay someone else to clean them for you.
Even simply looking at the materials a clothing is made out fo can help you determine if it’s going to last. Look for natural materials. Think about the different in the feel on your skin when you sleep on a 100% cotton sheet, as opposed to a polyester one? Use that rule with clothes too.
You don’t just want to look at the materials your clothing and bedding are made from. Check your towels too. It’s not cheap buying towels, but opting for the really cheap ones will have you with unravelling, holey towels that also feel like sandpaper every time you dry off after a shower. Buy plush cotton towels that will last longer and feel better on your skin.
Shopping thrifty may be shopping cheap, but it allows you to get items that aren’t normally cheap at a better price. Know the better brand names, read labels, find clothing that looks new or newer. You can save money on more than just clothing when thrift shopping. Furnish your whole apartment for much cheaper, with gently used items that could still last you a lifetime.