Beware the Advertisements
When you go into a store, look for a sale. The advertised prices at one store might not be the best price in town. By shopping around you will know what is the best price is. Sometimes the advertised items are not the cheapest, so it is in your best interest to look around before you commit.
Look for Unadvertised Specials
Sometimes the best price is not advertised. Stores frequently drop prices on items. Those unadvertised specials are a great way to save a little money and get something you may have been eyeing but did not want to pay full price.
Don’t Go On Payday or After Work
If you want to avoid a crowd, avoid the store right after work. Everyone is stopping to get last minute things. The same thing applies to payday and just before a major holiday. If you want to shop in peace and avoid the crowds, go during the day.
Check Your Emotions at the Door
Smart shopping is always done when you are emotionally sound. You should never hit a sale when you are in an “I deserve it” mood. By going into a store desperate for an item or in a mindset that you deserve the treat, you end up spending more than necessary. In order to shop smarter, always check your emotions before heading out.
Small Stores Are Great, but Large Stores Are Cheaper
Yes, it is wonderful to support local businesses. In some cases, they are unique enough to have items that you cannot find anywhere else. However, if you are looking for a common item and you want to get the best price, you must go to the big box stores. They have the best prices because they can afford to buy in bulk and can afford to lower profit margin on some items. They tend to make up the difference elsewhere.