Shop Like A Pro

Love it or hate it, we all spend significant proportions of our lives shopping. We have to buy food, clothes, treats, presents and more on a regular basis – and it can be an expensive business. Even if you’re rich beyond your wildest dreams, it’s still a good idea to make sure you’re getting the most out of every single penny. Here’s how to become an expert shopper, whatever you’re buying…

1. Join loyalty schemes

Most of your favourite stores will have loyalty or reward schemes, and they can be a big help when it comes to picking up what you need at good prices. Ask in store for a card, or go online to get yourself signed up. You’ll be able to collect points that you can put towards future purchases, and you’ll be first in line for all the best discounts. It doesn’t cost anything to join one of these schemes – and they could save you a bundle.

2. Track down discounts

Spend time online researching the best discounts for clothes, electrical items, groceries and everything else you need. You can pick up Phase Eight voucher codes and offers easily, which means that your new spring wardrobe won’t cost as much as you thought. You can read more about how best to use coupons here.

3. Get a credit card that pays

If you have a reasonably good credit record, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a card that rewards you each time you shop. You can pick up discounts and points for your next buys – and some credit cards even give you cash back when you go on a spree. Yes, you did read that right – you can actually get paid to shop!

4. Consider alternative sources

You don’t have to buy everything brand new from branded stores, there are lots of other ways to get what you need and save money at the same time. Find out about markets in your local area: these can be great sources of fresh meat, fruit and vegetables that are on offer for the fraction of the prices that supermarkets are charging. Visit second hand or charity stores to pick up unique finds that can give you a really individual look without breaking the bank. Consider doing swaps of clothes, toys and other household goods with your friends and family – you might be able to get what you need without spending any money at all!

5. Enter competitions

The internet has made the competition market absolutely huge, and there are loads of opportunities for you to win everything from new shampoo to a holiday in the Med. The more competitions you enter, the more likely it is that you will win something. Find out about the best sites for getting great prizes by doing your research. No matter how much money you have, everyone gets a bit of a thrill from getting something for nothing!

You can shop till you drop and still have money left over – it just takes a little ingenuity. Have fun!