Sarah is a current Media student with a love for the arts and a passion for writing. Join me as I explore the wonders of Sydney and her lavish landscape.
Published April 28th 2013
1. Decipher between what your needs and wants are
A rough budget should be at the top of your list even before you step foot outside your front door. Without setting solid shopping expectations before heading out, I guarantee you that all the pretty, shiny things you encounter on your trip will instantly reel you in like bees to honey. And you definitely don't want that happening, as you'd be left with empty pockets on your return home, wondering where it all went in just under two hours. So collate that list in advance as it will come handy in the face of impulsive buys. It may well work and deter you from the 'dreaded purchase', which I have expanded on further in the second tip.
Tip #1: There are a number of free shopping apps out there. All that's required of you is to get on there and make a selection. This will keep you organised for the rest of your day, week or month ahead in terms of what purchase is really needed and what purchase is not worth splurging on for the time being.
Sometimes that perfectly fitted designer top that you bought has a way of wriggling back into your head and messing with the fantasy world you seemed so immersed in only seconds ago, when you decided to throw hundreds of your hard-earned dollars on. Get out of that fantasy land – and get acquainted with the outside [real] world before you unnecessarily splurge some more.
So what do I really mean by shop around? Well, give it some time. You may have fallen in love at first sight but you may fall out of love just as quickly. The hundreds you could have probably spent on that flashy orange top may well be in a shop just around the corner or the level just above and all it takes is a short journey to get there. And it may take you by surprise that the little shop that you had often disregarded is in fact selling the same top for a price far more within your means. So rome for a wee bit longer next time, but just not in fantasy world. Compare prices and come prepared before reaching a point of regret upon coming home, unfolding the garments and running back only to realise the dreaded 'no refund, no exchange' policy of the store.
Tip #2: Compare, compare and I can't emphasise enough but compare prices before you find yourself splurging on an item that may be sitting next door with a more attractive price.
Now, I definitely don't mean crowding around the rack of clothes that have been so discounted that they are all left lying on the floor with hundreds of women making a racket over that last maxi. Well, you could if that floats your boat, but what I mean by this is that on the very rare occasion, there will be storewide sales, end of summer or winter sales or Christmas sale periods where a lot of your favourite items that were once priced at $200, have now miraculously dropped to half that price.
So these are the very rare but worthwhile periods to really put your shopping skills to good use – so just shop till you drop! In other words, identify when it is really okay for you to splurge. It seems like the perfect occasion during these massive annual sale periods and every once in a while, that should be something you permit yourself to do.
Tip #3: Download the free Westfield app. This is bound to give you a better idea of when to rush into store to shop during these very highly sought after periods.
Make sure to keep these very few yet simple tips in mind when heading out.