Zen-Like Focus Gets The Best Deal

For those of you who followed me on ShopaholicsDaily.com, you know that shopping is sort of my life-focus: But shopping artfully, at that.

I believe buying retail is unnecessary, always. And at a time when everyone – including me – is watching every penny, it’s just not feasible. If you are a research oriented person and want the best deal, make a rule that you will do price comparison and research before making ANY purchase.

Here’s some rules I try to go by from the start:

Offline bargain shopping
Give yourself a time limit for each store. The shorter the time limit the more likely you are to get a great deal, get what you want and get out.

Know what TV or celebrity personality you resemble in style and shape and make mental note of what you like that they wear. Mental note of color, lines, neckline, length of skirt/dress/pant is the fastest way to get in and out of the dressing room without trying every single item on that seems like it might work for you.

That said, I’m about to commence my daily shopping bargains finds on this site, that I used to do on my others – but before I start, I’d love to know if there’s something in specific you are thirsty for. Sample sales? Clearance sales? Buy-one-get-ones? All of the above? Tell me and I’ll make it happen – every day!


16 Responses to “Zen-Like Focus Gets The Best Deal”

  1. 1 Gae
    March 21, 2010 at 7:56 am

    My favorite is the combo-outlet sale with coupon.

  2. 2 Diane
    March 21, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I always shop around and never pay full price. Whatever you have to do to save a buck!

  3. 3 Sarah L
    March 21, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    How about thrift store tips? That’s where I do a lot of my clothes shopping.

  4. 4 Pat F.
    March 22, 2010 at 4:16 am

    I am always “Christmas shopping” all year long for bargains.

  5. March 22, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Those are all really great ideas!

  6. March 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    any sales, but coupon codes too please!

  7. 7 Ravzoe
    March 23, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I used ebates.com to get extra little discounts. It adds up!

  8. March 24, 2010 at 7:56 am

    I’m good with finding great deals but I’d like some tips on finding great deals on the original and unique.

  9. March 24, 2010 at 11:53 am

    oh and affordable trends online. There are some great CHEAP but good quality web sites, but I don’t know them all.

  10. 10 Michelle C
    March 26, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I am called the bargain queen by my friends lol always looking for a good deal

  11. 11 Joanne Jones
    March 27, 2010 at 4:24 am

    I always shop exhaustively for the best deals; I think it is encoded in my DNA.

  12. March 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I never pay retail and I avoid impulse buys like the plague! I’ve been lucky to save quite a bit and lead a comfortable lifestyle on a single income, plus raise my son 🙂

    Unfortunately he doesn’t seem to have my shopping genes, but I think that’ll change as he becomes more independent, otherwise he’s in for a rude awakening! LOL

  13. April 1, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I like the idea of shopping with a time limit. I tend to meander around stores and buy more than I originally intended.

  14. 14 Geoff K
    April 1, 2010 at 6:45 am

    The tip to self-impose a time limit in discount stores is a great one! Too often I find myself lingering too long once I’ve found a good deal, and I end up buying additional items I don’t really need.

    I’d also love to see more tips about strategically shopping at thrift or gently used clothing stores — I think they can offer some hidden treasures, but they can be difficult to find!

  15. 15 Erica C.
    April 19, 2010 at 4:29 am

    I like the idea of setting a time limit for each store. I’ll have to try that the next time I’m out shopping.

  16. 16 Betty C
    April 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Most of the time I just don’t shop! I hate it and I rarely find a really great deal so I just avoid it.

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