Have you ever got home after a day of shopping, looked in your bags and immediately regretted what you bought? Or maybe it took you a few weeks or months to regret your purchase as it hung in the back of your closet unworn. No matter what the situation, the thing is that shopping mistakes happen to all of us. Mistakes happen in all parts of life but they are particularly annoying when they happen with our money. To prevent you from having another “oops” moment, these are the things to avoid doing to ensure that you are likelier to be happy with all of your purchases.
Take a look at 10 common shopping mistakes:
1. Shopping on an empty stomach.
It might not seem like a big thing, but an empty stomach can actually really mess up your decision-making skills. Therefore, make sure that you have had something to eat before you go out shopping or grab lunch and the shops. FYI: Just having a coffee before a day of shopping still isn’t enough.
2. Hitting the mall while you’re in a rush.
Sometimes you have no choice but to buy something in a rush. There is always going to be some last minute gathering or event that will pop up. However, if you can shop an advance, do it. It’s especially important for big events such as weddings or formal events at work.
3. Being pressured by sales associates.
Sales associates might know the stock in the store, but they do not know you the way you know yourself. If you’re not sure about something and the shop assistant is raving about it, it’s probably best to trust your instincts. First, the sales associate could also be thinking about his/her commission. Secondly, when you get that piece home, you won’t have the sales associate to tell you how amazing you look in it.
4. Not thinking about the other things in your closet that could work with the piece.
You might have picked out the most fabulous piece in the world, but if you don’t have anything to wear it with, you’re going to run into trouble. Try to find something that will work with it in the store before you buy it. And if you can’t find anything, consider how easy it will be to wear if nothing works with it.
5. Shopping during peak times.
Sometimes you’re restricted with this one thanks to your busy schedule, but if you can avoid the shops when everyone else is in them, it will make for a much more enjoyable, less stressful experience. That generally means avoiding weekends, unless you’re out in the morning, and avoiding certain stores during the week when everyone is doing their speedy lunch shops.
6. Buying something just because it’s on sale.
How many times have you purchased something just because you saw that 75% off tag on it and you couldn’t resist? That’s great if you love the piece, but it’s not great if you love the price more than the garment. Before you buy anything, ask yourself if you would like it as much if it was the full price.
7. Purchasing something with the idea that you’ll “rework” it.
Have you ever bought an itchy sweater and thought you’d make do with it if you wore a T-shirt underneath? Or did you buy a maxi skirt with the intent to turn it into a midi one? If you’re a sewer or you have a trusted tailor and you’re looking to do minor tweaks, it can work. However, if you have a habit of buying things that you plan on reworking but never getting around to it, it’s probably a good idea to hold off and buy things that you fully love the way they are.
8. Not trying anything on.
You will never be the same size in every store. What’s more, you will not necessarily be the same size in all garments in one store. Every piece fits differently thanks to different cuts and fabrics. If you don’t feel like trying another on, come back shopping when you do.
9. Shopping without a list.
If you’re just browsing the shops for nothing in particular, you might be able to get away without a list. However, if you’re on the hunt for something specific, a list is key. It’s also a good idea to have some photos with you for reference of what you want. Furthermore, you can even bring a list and/or photos of your closet so you can compare your options.
10. Buying things that are final sale.
Sometimes there will be pieces that you cannot return or exchange. If you’re an indecisive person, you will have to seriously consider whether you want to purchase them now. It’s always a good idea to buy something from a place with a decent return policy to help alleviate buyer’s remorse. If that’s not an option, ask to put the item on hold and go have a think about it.