If there is one thing I am good at it is saving money. Perhaps it is the
miserly influence of my dad, but I have learned to be the ultimate
bargain shopper. My husband often shakes his head when he goes shopping
with me, but he is always impressed in the end with the money I save, and
how much I can buy for so little. When it comes to being a bargain
shopper, I have learned all the tricks by experience and knowing that
saving money in the store means more money in my savings. When it comes
time to retire, I’ll be happy I was so picky.
One thing a good bargain shopper needs is patience. This can mean taking
your time searching through a discount rack, or it can mean waiting for
something expensive to come down in price or to go on sale. If you are
one of those people that has to have all the newest stuff as soon as it
hits the shelves, you may not be cut out to be a bargain shopper.
However, if you don’t mind buying Christmas cards for the next year on
December 27th, you are ready to go.
When it comes to clothing, you have to be ready to search to save some
money. A bargain is not a bargain if the clothes are no good. Just
because a top is six dollars at Wal-Mart does not mean that it is a good
bargain. You get the bargain when you find a high priced piece of apparel
marked down to an affordable price. A bargain shopper knows that when
shopping for clothing, you have to take some time to search through the
discount rack. A lot of the stuff won’t be anything you like, but you can
find some great clothes if you look.
Remember to look at the clearance section in any store you visit, even if
you aren’t looking for anything at the moment. This is a great way to get
your Christmas shopping done. A good bargain shopper will start buying
things early, and then will look around all year for great prices on
items they know their friends and family will love. They will never know
you got their gift off a clearance shelf unless you tell them. These
gifts are as good as any, but you just saved yourself some money by being
a good bargain shopper.