2. Research- If you are looking to buy a very specific item read reviews, as many reviews as possible. You may find out that the eye liners you covet is really smudgy and you are looking for a sharp clean line. This goes for house hold item as well, such as vacuum's and cleaning supplies. People who like to clean seam to really love to give reviews so there are tones out there to read.
3. Take Inventory- Look at what you already have, do you have the same style shirt in the same colour but in another store. What you should be looking for is gaps in your collection, I don't own a cardigan at all So I am on the hunt for a black one. Even house hold items, save your money don't double up on supplies. Keep a list of these "gaps" in your head or on your phone (me), so when you are out and about with your cards you have a reference guide.
4. Collect Smart Points- To me these are points that don't require a credit card to build up, and are at store your frequent anyways. I personally collect Air Miles (got a free carpet steamer last week in the mail yay), HBC-Love The Back, Shoppers Optimum and Scene points. Theses are all given at stores I go to at least on a monthly basis, have no credit requirement and I have used the rewards from all.
5. Think About It- If your not sure than it is probably not a good buy, if you are asking in the jeans store is my but big in these move on. DO NOT purchase on a whim, just because it is pretty and sparkly. I am as big a sucker for shiny objects and that has dinged my wallet more than once. You can always use the call a friend/Sig other/parent route, but if you are there you probably don't need it.
There will be no more clothing with tags on it long after purchase for me. I vow to be a smart shopper from now on, even while at Winners and Chapters. I will have a budget and a plan set in place before stepping out my door. I'm sure Mister N will be over the moon to hear my promise to the shopping gods!!!