Are you someone who likes to shop but don’t always have the budget to spend? Then you will be delighted to know that there are places where you can shop on a budget.
Below are the top 5 places to shop on a budget.
1. Thrifts Stores
Gone are the days when thrifts stores are only for the, well, thrifty. Now, even fashionistas who are wise about money flock to these stores looking for pieces to add to their collection. For a penny pincher like you, this means that you don’t have to feel ashamed going to thrifts stores and other places that sell pre-loved goods. Apart from the opportunity to save money, thrift stores are also treasures troves for people looking for unique, vintage clothes and accessories. So if you want to get ahead in fashion and in your finances, consider visiting a few thrift stores on your next shopping spree.
2. Bulk Shopping
If you want to save money when shopping for groceries and other household items then you should go stores and supermarkets that allow customers to buy in bulk. Sometimes we think we are saving money by buying items on retail. But in the long run, it makes sense to stack up on everyday necessities such as paper towels, detergents and dishwashing liquid. For one, you get items cheaper if you buy them in bulk. You also save money by saving gas for not going to a store as often as you used to. There’s one downside to shopping in these places though and that is you might end up buying things you don’t need. The solution is to have a shopping list and to stick with it.
3. Garage Sales
They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You will be able to prove this saying to yourself when you visit a garage sale in your neighborhood. Garages sales are good places to score quality clothes, toys, appliances, furniture, books and gadgets. Of course, you need to exercise caution when shopping in garage sales. Keep in mind that the items there are used already so it would be a good practice to check and double the items before buying them. Shopping in garage sales is also a good way to get to know your neighbors. To learn about garage sales in your area, check out your community paper or watch out for posters in your neighborhood.
4. Flea Markets
Just like thrift shops, flea markets are also gaining in popularity thanks to hipsters who are bored of shopping in malls and other mainstream commercial establishments. You can find almost anything in flea markets such as clothes, accessories, toys, etc. Watch out though, some items being sold in flea markets are counterfeits. So if a price of an item is too good to be true then maybe you should have a closer look to check whether it is genuine or not.
Give your local malls a chance. Malls usually hold regular sales so they can also be a good place to find great bargains. You should also watch out for the individual sales of the different stores and boutiques. Stores that are closing shop for example are known to hold big “everything must go” sales. Plus of course nothing beats malls when it comes to convenience.