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How To Save When You’re In Your Spending Mood

by - Wednesday, May 22, 2013

It’s summer [well, I mean, getting there] and I am halfway through getting my summer wardrobe organized.  I still have quite a long way to go but I am positive that I’ll soon get there.

Earlier this year, I made a promise to myself to not spend much on upgrading my summer closet.  I am sticking to the original plan and so far, I am loving the result.

So far, I’ve purchased only a pair of shoes, twelve dresses and five belts.  I am thinking of adding five more dresses to my collection which I’ll probably be doing anytime within the week.  Exciting!

Okay.  Twelve new dresses plus five more --- sounds ironic for someone who doesn’t want to overspend.  Working in the big kitchen and attending to my work from home [http://www.swagbucks.com/p/work-from-home] schedule haven’t been that easy peasy and the way I see it, I deserve to pamper myself a bit and shopping is a wonderful reward, don’t you think?  And would you believe that I make sure to save when spending.  How?

Here are a few tips on how I save when I am in my spending mood:

  Know your limit

Shopping for new things gives you that feeling of satisfaction however, remember to not get carried away.  Know your limit and by sticking to it, you’re sure that you will not be sacrificing your financial priorities.

  Take a look at the shop’s SALE corner and DEALS

It has been my routine to have my eyes peeled for the SALE section.  50% or more off the original price makes me happy.  Also, check your list of online reward programs [http://www.swagbucks.com/p/work-from-home], coupon codes and gift certificates that you can use or claim.

Only buy something that you’ll really use

Admit it.  You have a lot in your wardrobe unused, some with price tags still attached to them.  This time, before taking your items to the checkout counter, review the pieces in front of you.  Ask yourself questions such as --- “Is it really your style?”, “Will you really use it?”, “When and in which occasion will you wear it?”, and so on.  If your inner self is telling you that it will end up unused for the next years [if not, forever] then don’t buy it.  It’s obviously a waste of money and a waste of closet space.

How about you?  What do you do to make sure that you’ll still be able to save when spending?  Any tips?

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