Comparison Shopping Secrets – That Force You To Pay The Lowest Prices

The technique of all well-informed shoppers is comparison-shopping. In fact, it’s the only way to be sure of paying the lowest cost. But not all comparison-shopping is created equal. In this article we’ll cover the correct way to comparison shop and the 7 habits of the intelligent comparison shopper.

One of the biggest assets of comparison-shopping is planning. Planning your time, your moves and your goals. The more time you have and information you collect before shopping – the better your results.

When you fail to comparison shop you’ll almost always pay too much. That’s the price (pardon the pun) of ignoring the advice in this article.

Here’s 7 Guidelines for Effective Comparison shopping that save you money and time.

1. Don’t comparison-shop when you’re in a hurry.

Hurry up shopping is always expensive. People who shop while rushing find it harder to comparison shop. As a result, they overpay for products and services. When you’re in a hurry or in a rush it’s difficult to negotiate effectively and it’s almost impossible to save money consistently.

2. Research before you shop.

Well-informed shoppers make it a point to research before they buy, especially big-ticket products or services. With the internet, research comes much easier for the intelligent shopper of today. So use this modern day tool to your advantage. Also use the many search engine comparison sites available.

3. Don’t depend on commission salespeople as your main source of information.

One of the biggest mistakes most consumers make is to depend on the advice and consultation of commissioned salespeople. Doing this will limit you to a one-sided view of available options, prices, and choices. That’s why it’s important to follow step 1 and step 2.

4. Make sure you’re comparing Apples with Apples.

You want to get the most accurate view when comparison-shopping. Make sure you’re comparing the exact qualities, features, and benefits of products against each other.

5. Evaluate your needs vs. your wants.

Before you take your first shopping trip, sit down and list your needs. Or what’s the minimum features you must have in the product or service. On the other list write down any wants you may have after you satisfy your needs.

6. Evaluate your priorities in order of importance.

As a continuation of step 5, place your list of needs in order of priority with number one being your most important priority above anything else. In other words if you can’t achieve your priorities that’s the deal breaker. Next, list your priorities for the rest of your needs and wants.

7. Establish your limitations.

This is an important step. Many people make the mistake of not establishing limitations on what they plan to spend. As a result, they overspend or buy products or services they’re not satisfied with.

If you take the time to follow these comparison shopping tips you’ll find yourself paying the lowest prices for products and services. You’ll also enjoy your purchases more because you took the time to think through your purchases. Congratulations!

How to Manage a Retail Property or Shopping Centre

The management of retail property is generally more difficult and complex than the same process associated with office and industrial property. This is because the retail property is more active and vibrant in its daily activities. You need better people to manage retail property.

The management of a retail property takes more time, costs more to implement, and on that basis demands more fees for the process. Specialist property managers should adjust fees based on time and effort for this complex property type. Landlords looking for low fees and shortcuts should be avoided.

Each and every day you have people going to the Shopping Centre with a variety of interests, priorities, and needs. These people can be categorized as follows:

  1. Tenants as part of the tenant mix occupying the property in long term leases and also those areas of casual lease
  2. Customers coming to the property during the week (this will vary by type on different days and at different times)
  3. Contractors working within the property to maintain property performance and functionality
  4. Property management and marketing staff controlling the day’s events and helping the tenant mix and property operate with efficiency.
  5. Landlords often visit their property or may even be located in the premises
  6. Professionals associated with the property and the landlord (such as solicitors, accountants, and lenders involved in the performance of the property)
  7. Tourists, or workers and other transients passing through the area

So, all of these people have interests and priorities in the function of the property. This is where the factors of control come in that impact the property management process.

Just how can you control the needs of all of these people? Here are some ideas to develop and help you understand why retail property management is so special:

  • Good customer access and information on site is a number one priority – This will include car parks, signage, common areas, and facilities. Customers to the property should feel comfortable with the experience so they keep coming back.
  • Tenant mix management – Not all tenants are suitable for the location in which they are placed, or with the other tenants near them. This is where tenant mix optimisation is part of the retail management and leasing process.
  • Maintenance management – A retail property has higher levels of daily maintenance and on that basis has to be controlled. The factors of cleaning and wear and tear are higher in retail property.
  • Income and expenditure controls are very important to the function of the property. Any pending or existing vacancies should be dealt with quickly because a long term vacancy in a property influences nearby tenants and customer sentiment.
  • A retail property has to be marketed to the community and the shoppers that frequent the property. This is quite a specific task, and any errors made in marketing can have impact on the trade for the property.

From these points it is easy to see that a retail property manager is a special person that brings high levels of skill to the property and the landlord. Landlords should choose their property manager with care and seek evidence of relevant successful experience in other properties.

Five Simple Steps to Clarifying Your Priorities

So many people think that they have priorities. They know that their jobs and families are priorities. They know that eating well and exercising are priorities. So why are so many people over weight, stressed out, out of shape and divorced?

There is a difference between knowing what should be a priority and actually setting and sticking to them. So if you think you know your priorities, but have a chaotic, unsatisfying life, it’s time to think again and then reassess!

First thing you need to do is to create a life vision. When you know exactly what you want for you life, you can easily assess what needs to stay and what needs to go. Create a vision board or journal what you want your life to look like. Make sure you cover all life areas: Career, Finances, Personal Development, Family, Relationships, Fun, Health, and Environment.

After you have your life vision compare what you have right now, to it. Where are the disparities? If you want to be fit and healthy, what is stopping you? Why are you 40 lbs over weight? What excuses are you giving yourself?

Now start to clear out the “clutter.” Keep in mind that there is emotional, physical and mental clutter and it all needs to go. Physical clutter (like a messy office), lead to mental clutter (trying to remember where you put the Visa bill and if you paid it) which leads to emotional clutter (going shopping to escape the stress, which then results in more physical and mental clutter!). Anything that doesn’t fit into your life vision needs to go.

While you are clearing the clutter you have to remember to stop the flow of things into your life. You need to learn to say no. Think of this as self preservation instead of selfish. When you take good care of yourself, you have more space to give from love instead of from resentment or obligation.

The last thing you need to do to help clarify your priorities is listen to your gut. You probably have people and things in your life that make you feel uneasy. And yet they stay in your life. Why? Your intuition is trying to tell you something so you should listen!

Those five things should help you at least get started on viewing your life. You deserve to only have people, places and things in your life that represent who you are and help you attain success, happiness, health and wealth.