MY ULTIMATE SHOPPING TIPS: BARGAIN HUNTING FOR PROS

Louis Vuitton Keepall

After years of practice, I like to consider myself as a professional bargain hunter. 😉 And the trick is, I have saved a lot of money in the process! Naturally it’s debatable if you can save money by shopping… But I’m all for it! Here’s the first part of my ultimate shopping tips.

KEEP A LIST & BE PATIENT
I don’t really care about being on-trend and it’s very rarely I buy stuff on a whim. I tend to look for classic items with a twist, so I don’t really care if they are from a season or two ago.

I have a list of items in my head that I might be needing or wanting. They might stay there for a long time! I might get bored and mentally remove the desired purchase from my list. Or, I decide I really, really want to buy it and move forward to consciously looking for it.

Also, waiting until the end-of-season sales might be worth it. We all know that if you spot something you’ve really wanted on sale, the thrill of the find makes you love and cherish the item more.

RESEARCH
I always search for reviews on the brands or items I’ve planned to buy. Compare prices, pictures, and descriptions on websites. Search for outfit pictures on Pinterest and Instagram.

Goyard St Louis GM

SCRIMP VS. SPLURGE?
Most of us don’t have an unlimited amount of zeroes on our bank accounts. This is why my advice is to decide what you’re willing to spend more money on and why. How much is your budget on an item? Do you value quality?

I’m willing to splurge on quality accessories that I will use for years, and I am definitely snobby when it comes to handbags. I only buy handbags that will retain resale value. Also, I will steer clear from most “mainstream” bags since I don’t like to carry the same bag as the next person. I love the fact that a quality bag can hold up for decades. For example, my Louis Vuitton Keepall is older than me!

I like good quality shoes, but there needs to be more choice. I’m not ready to spend over a certain amount I have in my mind. For the basic items I wear every day, I am not that particular.

For my clothes, I’d like to be more conscious about the origin and place where I’m buying them from, but it has been quite difficult. I try to balance out buying from Zara and H&M by buying less and only stuff I will wear and really want.

ALWAYS SEARCH FOR COUPON CODES WHEN SHOPPING ONLINE
It’s worth saving, even 10 % or a free shipping! Using coupon codes doesn’t apply to just clothes and accessories. It’s twisted that we’re wired in a way that makes us feel accomplished and a lot more positive about buying stuff, if we get a discount. This is why there’s coupon codes everywhere.

CHOOSE YOUR DELIVERY METHOD WISELY
I never use express shipping unless it’s the same price as normal shipping. I don’t know if it’s just bad luck, but my express packages always take as long as the normal ones.

If you have “normal” daytime working hours, it’s worth choosing the package to be delivered to your workplace. It’s a nightmare to reorganize the delivery times if you’re not at home when the package would be delivered. 99 % of the time none of us probably is. It’s also easy to request for a return pick-up from work.

OUTLET MALLS
… Are my favorite places to shop when traveling! Research beforehand, remember to wear comfy shoes and stay hydrated. Also, stick to your shopping list and don’t go overboard just because there’s cheap stuff to buy.

My favorite outlet malls are Sawgrass Mills near Miami and Forever 21 stores in NYC.

What are your favorite shopping tips?

Kenzo Tiger Slippers

PUNNITSE & SÄÄSTÄ
Olen aikamoinen nettishoppailuhirmu ja alehaukka, varsinkin jos puolisoltani kysytÀÀn…Olen ehdottomasti sitĂ€ mieltĂ€, ettĂ€ hyvÀÀ kannattaa odottaa ja ettĂ€ shoppailemalla voi sÀÀstÀÀ. Kannatan laatutietoista ja tiedostavaa tavaroiden ja asusteiden hankkimista. Mieluummin pitkĂ€ikĂ€istĂ€ ja kestĂ€vÀÀ, kuin joka viikko uutta, vuoden kestĂ€vÀÀ tavaraa.

HYVÄÄ KANNATTAA ODOTTAA
Mieti, mihin olet valmis panostamaan ja mihin et. Minulla on pÀÀssÀni lista, jossa himoitsemani asiat odottelevat yleensÀ kuukausia, joskus jopa vuosia. Jos en halua jotain tarpeeksi tai haluan jotain muuta enemmÀn, listalta putoaa pois vÀhemmÀn tÀrkeitÀ vaihtoehtoja. Kun tiedostaa mitÀ haluaa, oppii pitÀmÀÀn silmÀt auki koko ajan.

PAKETIT TÖIHIN
Kuriirifirmojen paketit kannattaa shipata töihin, jotta vĂ€lttyy sÀÀdöltĂ€ kuljetusajankohtien suhteen. Kuriirifirmat haluavat sinun olevan paikalla “virastoaikaan”, joka suurimmalla osalla meistĂ€ menee työpaikalla. Jos et ole kotona, joudut sopimaan uuden toimitusajan, joka ei yleensĂ€ ole alkuperĂ€istĂ€ parempi. Jos tuontikerrat menevĂ€t sivu suun, löydĂ€t itsesi etsimĂ€stĂ€ kuriirifirman toimistoa vantaalaiselta teollisuusalueelta, kuten allekirjoittanut useasti.

ÄLÄ UNOHDA ALEKOODIA
Kannattaa googlata alekoodeja ennen kuin klikkaa ostoksen kotiin. Toimivia koodeja löytyy isompiin nettikauppoihin yleensÀ helposti. Varsinkin Shopstylesta tuntuu useimmiten löytyvÀn ainakin koodi ilmaiselle kuljetukselle.

OUTLETIT
…ovat lempipaikkojani kĂ€ydĂ€ ostoksilla, varsinkin reissussa ollessa. Koska ne ovat yleensĂ€ Ă€lyttömĂ€n laajalla alueella, kannattaa tutkia haluamiensa kauppojen sijainti etukĂ€teen. HyvĂ€t kengĂ€t, ostoslista ja vesipullo mukaan! YritĂ€n outleteissakin vĂ€lttÀÀ ostamasta turhia juttuja vain siksi, ettĂ€ niitĂ€ saa halvalla. TĂ€stĂ€ syystĂ€ on hyvĂ€ pitÀÀ ostoslista laajana ja jaksaa odotella sitĂ€ ihaninta vaihtoehtoa haluamalleen vaatteelle tai asusteelle.

Lempi-outletejani ovat Miamin lÀhellÀ sijaitseva jÀttimÀinen Sawgrass Mills, sekÀ Manhattanin Forever21:t. VinkkinÀ, ettÀ Upper West Sidella Lincoln Centerin lÀheisyydessÀ sijaitseva F21 on usein alakaupungin serkkuansa vÀhemmÀn ruuhkainen.

 

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