To buy or not to buy

Shopping decisions can be difficult decisions.

We make decisions every day, whether it is about what to eat or what investment to make. From the mundane things to the highly important ones, it is no news that decision-making is one of the toughest things in life.It can be time consuming and energy draining.
Our focus today is on shopping and the question is one that has plagued many persons, the frugal shopaholic and the non – frugal alike. To buy or not to buy? Irrespective of a person’s spending culture, nobody wants to spend on things they do not need or more than they need to. Everyone likes to get the best value possible for their money off their purchases.

Let me ask this simple question first; when you set out to go shopping, what do you look out for before choosing one product over the other?

-The brand: Foreign Vs Local
-Referrals i.e I have seen a friend use it before

As much as all of these factors are important, many times we go by brand recognition. We feel we are getting the best value for our money when we go with certain well-known (most of the time foreign) brand. Do you know though that there are several local brands that do the job as well and save you loads of money? Personally I feel safer using local brands because to an extent I know the source and can almost guarantee that it hasn’t been in some storage or enroute via the high seas for months.
That said, here are five important things to note when trying to make the best shopping decisions

•Make reference to your shopping list
If you read our last article on the perfect shopping list, you already have half of your shopping sorted because it all starts with the almighty list. This way you save yourself from spending on things you don’t need.

•Have a budget and stick to it (Do not buy what you cannot afford)
As a homemaker, you are the chief accounting officer amongst other things. You want to cut out all unnecessary expenditure and keep the family funds out of the woods. Having a weekly, monthly or quarterly budget keeps you in check. So rather than buying that super expensive fancy soap or toothpaste just because, you look for alternatives that do the job just as well.  While planning out your shopping list, once you hit your budget, you know it’s time to cut back or look for alternatives.

This takes a lot of self-discipline and to achieve this without feeling sorry for yourself, you need to ensure step one is strictly adhered to. Otherwise you would end up purchasing things you don’t need, only to realize you forgot all the important things.What a bummer!

•Do your research
No matter how attractive a product is, it is good to ask questions. Read reviews online; ask people you know who have tried out these products for their reviews. Do your research on new products before adding them to your shopping list.

The beauty of shopping via Easyshop Easycook is that we have done this research for you, with over twelve years of experience with trying out various brands; we know what works and what doesn’t. However doing some research of your own doesn’t hurt.

•Compare Prices
Before you pay that amount, look around the store and be sure you cannot get the exact value/quality from another brand for cheaper. Do not misunderstand me though, I believe in paying for quality. However, if you can get the same quality for cheaper (and most times you can), you should by all means to for the cheaper one. This is getting the best value do your money.

•Ask an expert
One of the value added services we offer our clients is advisory service on shopping, food safety, cost saving, budgeting and planning. Our help lines are available to clients to call in and speak with an in house consultant who will guide you on putting together a shopping list that meets your needs.



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