For the girl who loves to shop for clothing, the recent economic downturn has been both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, with the uncertainty in the financial markets, consumers are counting every penny. People have watched their stock portfolio’s take a dive, they have seen their credit limits decreased, and they are working their jobs without receiving even annual cost-of-living raises. This has caused a number of shoppers to approach their purchases with more care and consideration. Yet, the plus side to this economic downturn is that competition for business has really heated up. For those looking to make purchases, prices have never been better. Take clothing purchases, for example. Womens wholesale apparel is flying of the shelves. Even the better apparel lines, which typically are at the high end of the market, are being discounted and sold by retailers. Most children’s clothing is staying at low price points, and even athletic wear, which has traditionally fetched top dollar, is now being heavily discounted. So, if you are in a position to afford some bargains, taking a shopping trip can be an exciting prospect. There are a few tried and true shopping-trip rules to keep in mind before heading off to the store.
1. Don’t buy something just because it is on discount. One of the quickest ways people get into financial trouble is by impulse buying. While picking up the occasional discounted item won’t usually break-the-bank, buying just because something is discounted really doesn’t make much sense. Do you really need that heavily marked down black blouse when you already have two at home which are very similar?
2. Be sure to shop with a list. Once you enter a store and are really enticed by all the displays and styles, it is easy to forget about those things you really, truly need. A list will help keep you focused on your essential purchases.
3. Make the time to try on the clothes you are interested in purchasing. How many times have you seen something look great on the hanger, only to try it on and be extremely disappointed? Trying clothes on will quite possibly save you from making that return trip to the store.
4. Try hard to be patient. If you find a pair of jeans you love, ask when they will be marked down. Most employees have a pretty good idea when discounts are going to occur and what items are planned for discount. Maybe waiting only a week can get you those jeans for twenty percent off.
5. Utilize the services of the store staff members. Employees know their merchandise. They know what is a good bargain, as well as the hot deals and the most popular styles. They are often trained to know what cuts and styles look good on particular body types and they can make some really valuable suggestions.
There are few things quite as fun as a pleasant shopping trip with your girlfriends. For the most enjoyable experience, hit the stores a prepared and ready shopper. Keep in mind the preceding tips and have fun enjoying the great selections and bargains.