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Confessions of a Shopaholic

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We’ve done a lot of shopping in our day, and like to consider ourselves experts in the field. Whether you love to browse and window shop or find the mall downright stressful, we have a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of your time. Read on for our advice on how to score deals, when to shop, and why to be nice to the salespeople even if you’re feeling cranky.

  • Try on shoes after you’ve been walking around for a while so they have time to expand. If you go first thing in the morning you risk buying shoes a bit too small.
  • Always ask the salesperson if there is any sort of discount they can offer. Oftentimes they are able to offer ten percent, or if you sign up for a store card there is an offer.
  • On that note, be nice to the people who work at your favourite shops. You want them to think of you when new stuff comes in or gets marked down, and to let you know when the biggest sales are coming up.
  • Wear something comfortable and easy to get in and out of. This sounds like a no brainer, but you are less likely to try on something if your top has tons of buttons or your shoes have laces, and more likely to just purchase something that looks like it might fit, requiring another trip to the store to return or exchange the item. Always try things on!
  • Always inquire about return and exchange policies. You don’t want to end up stuck with an item or only able to get store credit.
  • If you spot something in a brick and mortar store, comparison shop in other boutiques and online to see if you can find a better deal. Sites like Shop Style and Hukkster are good for this.
  • Take regular stock of your closet before hitting the shops, so you don’t end up with duplicates of items you already own.
  • Have a game plan before heading out shopping. If you’re in search of something specific, it’s easier not to get sidetracked by totally unrelated (and unnecessary!) items. Scan your closet regularly to keep track of items you need.
  • Do not buy items just because they are on sale. Try your best to imagine if you would purchase the item at full price. If not, skip it! Even the best deal becomes a bad deal if you never wear it.
  • The only time you should buy something that doesn’t fit perfectly is if you could (and actually will) get it tailored. A blazer that needs to be taken in at the seams just a tiny bit is something that can easily be done, as are pants that are too long. Buying items that are too small is almost always a bad idea, unless you’re dead serious about losing those last few pounds.

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