My heart broke into pieces when i had to give away almost all my make up products as I was sure i would not finish them with in the expiry date. I noticed I had 3 or 4 of the same products and the products barely used. Okay now I dont even have to say it out loud I am a Make up addict. Not as much as i do make up but I love buying them. I still remember the days when I wanted to do the research about blogging and stuff, I got hooked to these beauty and make up blogs. And these blogs and the tutorials make make up so easy that i bought all the possible products to try it on.
The problem came where i was waiting for weekends to shop for the products I wanted to try certain style of make up and Don’t forget my online shopping orders too. Thousands of money went into that. And what happened to all that stuff. When it came I tried it on, and when it did not turn out as good as i thought, it found its place at the back of my drawer. It lied there dusted and forgotten. And the cycle repeats. This was my make up saga 2 years ago. So what happened 2 years ago that changed my perspective about shopping? The obvious thing. I was broke. I could not afford any of these products and i was forced to use whatever i already own. Believe me, you will come up with the most innovative and creative ways to use the products. So thats it, I had to be broke to stop me from this obsession. Well I am not saying even you should be broke too. But being smart and saving money doesn’t hurt anyone. I am hoping these tips will help you to be a smart shopper.
- Make a list:
Yes make a list of all the things you want to buy for yourself. Now take a good look at that list and Differentiate between the basic essentials and the ones you fancy to own. For example, face/body washes, moisturizers, lotions, shampoos, you get it right! what includes here. The Things you fancy to own are, you dont need them ,you just want to buy because you saw them online or because of the attractive packaging or you want to start using that particular product. Once you get this sorted you will now have a clear idea on what to buy first.
This is the most important thing in every aspect. BUDGET. As we are talking about the Make up and beauty shopping set a budget for that. This is what I do, I set a budget for my personal expenses and that includes my shopping too. Once I am done with buying the essentials, I have an idea on how much is remaining. I either spend that on buying what comes in that budget or save it for next time. A bonus tip, Always Carry cash with you while shopping, it helps you stay with in the budget.
Now this is where all that obsession with blogs and you tube videos comes in handy. Before you decide on what u want to buy, do a bit of research online. There are many reviews of the same product from the professionals and a clear description of the products. Check these before you step out to buy anything. See what you liked about that product and cross refer whether it is your style or it suits you, then decide. It saves both time and money. As much as we get tempted seeing the videos and reading the reviews online, it is important to check with yourself whether you will use that product or not. One more thing, go through your drawer just to be sure that product you eyeing to buy is already not in your vanity .
4. No Discounts/Sales:
This is a real tester. How many times I walked through the make up counters and bought the stuff i didnt need because they were on sale. It was like “oh they are on sale we should buy them” so what if we dont need them. if its there we will use them isn’t it?. Actually, the excitement of picking up stuff on sales goes away as soon as we reach home. When you dont need it what is the point of paying even the discounted price for it. Be strong. Stick to your list. And walk away ever so proudly from those counters without buying anything you dont need.
5. Buy Later:
When in confusion always buy later. Come home and wait for a day or two. By then you would know whether you want to buy it or not. If you are really sure you want to pick it up go ahead and buy or if you still in dilemma Take along a friend/someone whose decision you value and take their opinion. This way you can make a fun day out of it too.
For your regular products, you can check for online offers. If you buying anything new always buy it from the store or remember the name and number and order online.
Shopping should be fun not a regrettable or painful experience. I hope with these tips you will make your shopping experience a smart and fun one.
Stay wise and shop wise.:-)