Shopping in movies and on television often look like impulsive decisions and usually ends up in a spree. Let’s be realistic. In real life, most of us cannot afford a spree or impulse buys and if you can, you are probably still a bit picky about what you want. Shopping needs some preparation to make sure that you can enjoy it and also walk away with some great new clothing items or accessories. Here are a few tips on preparing for a shopping trip:
- Know your budget and stick to it. You should know what you are comfortable spending. If you overspend, you may need to return something you really like or you may be left with regret and a financial predicament.
- Dress smart for fittings. If you are out on a shopping mission, chances are that you will be fitting quite a few outfits. To avoid stripping down to your underwear every time, wear something like leggings and a tight top as a bottom layer. That way, you can still fit the clothes and have a good idea of what it will look like.
- Never shop when hungry. Eat something before you go shopping. If you’re hungry, you may get irritable or grumpy and that could spoil the whole experience. A negative mindset is definitely not the right way to approach shopping for clothes.
- Know what you have in your closet. To avoid buying duplicates or things that don’t go with any of your existing wardrobe items, check your closet and know what you have. This will help avoid return trips or having too much of the same things.
- Drink lots of water. Shopping can be exhausting and dehydrating. Carry a bottle of water with you to help soothe your dry throat and keep you going.
This is basically our take on preparing for a shopping trip. Give yourself a break – physically and mentally – if you plan on shopping the whole day. If you are a determined shopper, it may also be good to give yourself a deadline for when you have to stop. Remember to have fun!