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by Justine Crowley (subscribe)
More of my written work, including my books: www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JustineCrowley Runs the following sites: www.sydneyfoodlovers.com.au www.selfavenue.com www.sydneyfun.com.auhttp://www.sydney.toopa.com
Published November 28th 2013
You can be a smart and savvy shopper
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Stand out from the crowds and be a smart and savvy shopper


Yes, you can "Shop Till You Drop" - you can do it well, and on a budget too. There are some tips and tricks that need to be considered when it comes to the ever popular retail therapy. Sure, many people these days do shop online, however, you can still enjoy the pleasure and attention of shopping at a traditional bricks and mortar retailer without needing to go as far as Isla Fisher did in the film "Confessions of a Shopaholic."

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Yes, even just prior to Christmas you'll find many items on sale.


Without further ado, some top shopping tips to devour.

1. Be Prepared

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A current Myer catalogue


What do you really want for yourself? Success and hard work must be celebrated. When I reached my first 100,000 readers here on WeekendNotes back in April 2012, I treated myself to a designer watch. Funnily enough, now that I've reached close to 700,000 readers here on WeekendNotes - it is now time to buy another watch as the one purchased at the 100,000 hit milestone has now stopped working.

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With these smart and savvy shopping tips, you most certainly can - and at any time of year.


List what you want, and then ask some quality questions about what you want. That way, you will be inspired to do whatever it takes to buy quality. It is not about the price tag, yet rather how hard you need to work to acquire such designer quality.

Remember, life is short and for many of us - only the best will do. It is helpful to also browse catalogues in advance.

2. Expect the Unexpected

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This iconic retailer came out with a pleasant surprise recently, and at the most un-expectant time.


As you may have already noticed, many retailers are doing it tough in the current economic climate. In most cases, this is fairly good news for shoppers. Despite the silly season, I have just brought out a two-day offer where they are giving away gift vouchers equivalent to 20% of the total spend for all purchases between $250-$1000. Keep your eyes and ears open for such special offers. They can spring up anytime, and often at short notice in the rare periods when the 'sales' are not on.

3. Money Management

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With credit cards, tread carefully.


With the plastic, it is fantastic when you can pay off all balances within the interest free period. Otherwise, have ample cash available. That way your purchases will be more enjoyable.

Shopping will be a more enjoyable experience when debt is not a burden on the back of your purchases. Do whatever you need to do. Maybe set up a high interest shopping account, and put a percentage of your income away until your have enough to buy what it is you're wanting to purchase and spoil yourself with.

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Cash is king


4. Perk Yourself Up

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A must have prior to any retail therapy experience, in the writers opinion.


Shopping is a great workout in itself. Ensure you have your coffee (or other) fix prior to hitting those retailers for some good old retail therapy. You will need the energy and chutzpah to see it through. Carrying bags of clothes and shoes for example, is a fantastic fitness workout in itself.

5. Fun Shopping Events

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Shoppers at a popular space having fun with statues that sing back at you.


Such shopping events as 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty, as well as the Vogue Fashion Night Out in Sydney - as well as other events such as the David Jones Girls Night Out are great times to go out shopping. Why? Free entertainment, canapés and champagne for starters. You might also nab yourself some bonus treats, and/or some generous discounts for needed purchases made on the night. All of the other treats are bonuses.

6. Other Considerations

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Free Christmas entertainment at Sydney's Pitt Street Mall - a popular shopping space on a Thursday night.


Take into account peak and off-peak times at your retailer of choice. Shopping is not overly enjoyable with the crowds. At various times, shopping arcades offer free entertainment - of which is also a bonus.

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Sydney's Pitt Street Mall - retail therapy by day.


If you have any other great tips to share, on what it takes to be a smart and savvy shopper - please leave your comments for everyone to benefit.

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