For starters, here are a few of my basic shopping principles:
1. Always know before you head out what it is you need. This will help dissuade you from making spontaneous purchases that are just going to end up in the closet never to be used. And it will keep you focused on the search...think the law of attraction, if you are focused on what it is you need it will come to you (so to speak). *Keep your eye on the prize* - Shopping is my sport!
2. Always have a set price in mind for the items you are looking for. Think what is this item really worth to me? How badly do I NEED it? And what do I consider a good deal. For example, I never pay more for clothes than what you see below:
REALLY! I promise! If you look for good deals, they are there and they aren't that hard to find if you know how and stick to your guns. *Perstinence is key*
3. Always go straight to the clearance rack. I always look at the clearance racks first and I check them in every store and in every department. Many times you will find what you've been looking for at a great deal. And know when it is NOT a great deal... just because it's on clearance doesn't mean it's a great price! I many times have bought items on sale cheaper than a similar or exact item on clearance...but these racks are always the best place to start. And whenever possible, I simply wait for something I want to go on clearance...most things do eventually...and it feels so good to save 50% simply because you waited *Patients is the other key*
4. Always have your coupons with you. I have often purchased items for close to nothing because it was on clearance or sale AND I had a coupon. Also, always be sure to search for a coupon code before making any purchase online. For example, Google "Old Navy Coupon" and you will almost always find a code for an additional percentage off or free shipping...well worth an extra 5 minutes of work. *A little extra work can go a long way*