How to Make the Most of Your Outfits’ Shopping Trips?

Whenever I head to the malls, I look at my overflowing wardrobe to remind myself, though usually fruitlessly, that I must exercise restraint. I do the same, when I browse my favorite websites online. The online stores offer irresistible deals, so this personal resolve weakens there considerably. And, when it’s about sales and discounts – whether online or in the real shops – even the constant reminders fail to work.

I am sure that’s the case with most people, these days. After all, who would say no to the wonders of a nice shopping trip! However, what is important is that this ‘happy’ and ‘adrenaline-pumped, relaxed, de-stressed’ feeling remains (and escalates), even after credit/ debit card swipes.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case – always. Once the colorful stuffed bags are in hands, the ‘happy’ feeling fades, getting replaced by guilt or remorse – for many. There have been instances, when I have instantly regretted a purchase. I have seen women cursing themselves for buying something ‘useless’, as they were influenced by a fellow shopper or coaxed by a pushy shop assistant.

Some just cannot say no! Others decide to cancel, or worse, refuse Cash On Delivery orders. Cancellations and refund requests are a routine affair in the online shopping domain, and most ecommerce portals reel under the pressure created by incessant ‘returns’. Many of us just cannot seem to get the most out of our shopping escapades. And, a wrong shopping decision is not just about wasting the money – it’s also a great burden on our time strapped lives.

Well, here we bring you some tips that will help you make the most out of the time, effort and money spent on every shopping trip you take – in the real or the virtual world.

1. Think of Your Vital Expenses – for the month

This is one thing that I have always seen working for my husband, who always mentally cruises through the current expenses list, before he clicks on the ‘Buy’ button. Start with the expenditures that are waiting payment or processing.

Okay, it may sound like a depressing thing to do at the beginning of a, probably, uplifting shopping cruise, but it does make a lot of sense. You will be reminded of the priorities, so you will end up shopping only for the priority stuff.

2. Don’t Go Shopping (even online) – when in a hurry (or just before a meeting)

The feeling of ‘running around’ makes us stressed and anxious. We may not realize, but any frenetic, frenzied run-through is bound to leave you on your nerves.

Purchases made in such a frame of mind are quite unlikely to fit in the ‘great’ category. Also, we tend not to be our resourceful best, in such a state of mind. Plus, hurrying doesn’t let us look for options. Buying whatever we encounter first, irrespective of quality – especially when it’s something essential (at the moment) – is quite likely in a maniac rush.

That is precisely why planning ahead works well. If you have to make some purchases for some event, occasion, wedding or anything – even a gift – do so in advance, as you are unlikely to get something you ‘really admire’ in a hurried shopping trip. For the same reason, I now even avoid buying groceries and veggies in my lunch hour ‘free-time’. Doesn’t really work well, I realized!

3. Don’t Go Shopping – when angry or hungry (or thirsty)!

Cranky is bad, when shopping. If you are hungry, again you will be in a hurry to wind up the shopping, so you can eat (and drink). So, all we talked about in point 2 – applies here too.

Most women decide to go shopping to beat stress or a bad mood, alright. But, ask these ladies, if they love their purchases made on those ‘seriously-need-a-mood-lift’ trips. The majority of answers will put you off doing this in future. Instead, go for a run, or to a park to play with kids, or simply take a stroll with your favorite music in your ears – to uplift sodden spirits. Shopping is best done, when you are in a balanced state of mind!

4. Make a List

As old-fashioned and clich├ęd as it sounds, preparing lists really helps in prioritizing and cutting out unnecessary buys.

Contrary to the popular belief, making lists ahead of a shopping trip is not restrictive. Instead, it leans a direction and flow to your trip down the mall or street. And, at the end of it all, who is asking you to ‘not’ buy anything apart from what the list lists. Just start with the most important stuff, or something that you actually need, and then go to the peripheries and extras.

It will also reduce your effort too. I recently needed a new Anarkali, which I forgot, as I entered the mall. I shopped for 2 pairs of shoes, which I don’t regret at all. But, on my way back, I realized I ‘really’ needed the dress for my dance class. Since I was already out, I did not go back to level 4 in the mall – to my favorite store. I bought one from a shop near my home, and I rarely wear that suit now. Get the point?

5. Keep a Time-Limit

Okay, I know it sounds quite contra-indicative to points 2 and 3, but ironically it still makes sense. So, you shouldn’t be hurrying while shopping, but you must also know that you don’t have all the time in the world. Your trip or virtual crawling need not be bound by strict time deadlines, making it impossible for you to ‘breathe’. But, you still must set a stipulated time, when you would need to finish you stroll through the mall.

This will help you prioritize and avoid endless comparisons. It will also save time and efforts, as you will not dilly dally! Still not convinced? Try first and tell us later!

6. Visit your Favorite Stores First

Again it’s about prioritizing. When you start your shopping stroll, you are freshest, perkiest and most sorted. Most of us know, what we want and what we need. So, things are clearer. And thus, it makes sense to head to stores that are your favorites, or where you know the fitting, quality, prices etc. are most suitable for you.

So, instead of mindlessly drifting to the spots nearest to parking area or entrance (like my husband does), or getting enamored by biggest discounts and most vibrant hoardings – first head to your trusted labels. Devote the best part of your shopping trip to the places that are sure to fit your personal bill! Everything can come later.

7. Pay by Cash – whenever, wherever you can…

You know how it works. When we count notes to make payments, we better register – how much we have paid. Plastic money doesn’t let it seep in our mind – unless we see those humongous bills.

8. Don’t Go with a ‘Friend’ – who is too haute, too self-immersed, too cranky, too critical, too rich, too careless – basically ‘too’ anything.

We don’t need such influences, when we are trying to make the most of a coveted shopping trip. That’s the reason, shopping online, when at work, surrounded by colleagues with hundreds of divergent opinions doesn’t work well.

Ask for opinions, suggestions, feedback – but not from someone, you know, would always disagree, or has extremely different likes that your own preferences.

9. Dress up well, wear well-fitting lingerie and good shoes

You will, invariably, end up trying your clothes, so you must know how they will actually look on you, when you are ready to ‘go out’. So, don’t make the mistake of going shopping in flip-flops and shabby undergarments, especially with a shopping agenda to buy something special.

Dressing up well also invites good attention from shop assistants, besides giving you confidence to say ‘NO’ when you want to. Look great, feel sprightly and shop right!

Your Priorities and How They Affect Your Organizing

Everyone has different priorities in their life depending on where they are in their life. Most children under the age of 10 usually just have 1 priority and that is playing as much as they can. They have no commitments and no major responsibilities. Middle school and high school students make getting good grades, excelling in a specific sport or socializing their major priorities. After college, we need to work to live independently and network to continue to make the changes we want in the workplace. If any of these individuals let one of those priorities be more dominant than the others, the remaining priorities will suffer. For instance, if the high school student concentrates on the sport they are in more than anything else, their grades will more than likely suffer. They need to balance school work, sports and social activities to do well in all and to stay organized.

Adults have different priorities such as children, money, house, and health. Finding the balance is the trick to helping you to be organized. When one priority takes over and becomes more dominant than the others, remaining organized will be difficult. You have probably met many different individuals in your life that have a dominant priority. Think back about who you determined was a workaholic and maybe it was, or is, you. They have chosen work to be their priority and probably have found it difficult to remain organized because work is their life. I see this with many business clients who do not make time to take care of other priorities such as paperwork, clearing of their e-mail, and general office organization. They also seem to lose control of the house or family priorities. You have probably seen other examples such as those who make exercise, children, shopping, or their house the priority in their life. Obviously, there are times when a priority is going to take center stage and there will not be anything you can do to change it. Examples would be moving, family illnesses, or other emergencies.

Balancing the priorities in your life makes it easier to be organized. To determine your priorities and how you are spending them, draw a pie chart. Imagine the circle to be 24 hours. Try the technique for at least a week or so and it will allow you to see how much time you spend on your priorities. Mark off the number of hours you regularly sleep, to start off. Mark off the hours you are at work, whether it is at home or away. If you have a long commute, be sure to include that time too. If you just used almost the entire circle for those 2 items, I would say your dominant priority is work. Continue to mark off items such as exercise, children’s extracurricular activities, walking your dog, grocery shopping, and housework. Everyone is going to have a different circle based on what they do daily. At the end of the week you should have a good idea of your priorities. If you are lacking some organization in your life, analyze if you have made one of your priorities a dominate one and try to put some organizing time in your schedule.

Factors To Consider When Shopping For Windows And Doors

Before you begin shopping for windows and doors, create a list of the benefits you want to gain like energy efficiency, architectural beauty, natural lighting, ease of maintenance and durability. In addition, your pocket power is an important factor to consider. With the variety of products in the market, this enhances your probability of finding pocket friendly products.

Windows and doors are the two things that greatly affect building or remodeling a new place, which is an intricate process. Most people do not pa y attention to the two things. If you look around your house you will notice how significant they are in you home. With the many options out there one needs to know the priorities they should consider when shopping for these items.

Windows play a great significant when it comes to the look of your home. Additionally, they have different styles in the way they appear and therefore a wide variety of options to pick from. Before shopping you should know what you want the windows to do for you.

If your considerations are on light intensity, you need to look at a double paned or a basic sheet of glass to choose from. Also you can choose those that have blinds within them. Also go for those with sunscreens with them if you want harmless sunlight.

There are windows made from different materials, which include fiberglass, aluminum, or vinyls are some of them. The materials that you choose should be able to address your benefits and preferences. For example, you are carrying out historic modeling, you use wood with a single layer of glass, if you are going for energy conservation, you may need to use vinyl windows with two or three layers of glass may be the best option.

Also you need to have the measurements right to avoid going back to the market. This avoids loss of time and resources. In the case of this you need to buy the product from a company that allows for returns. This ensures you do not end up using a lot of money.

If you have the idea that when choosing for a new window is tedious then you have not shopped for doors. A key priority is ensuring that you have the precise dimensions of the doorway that the door will be going into. This ensures that there is no waste of time, money and resources.

Also another priority is the composition of the door. Most people prefer ones made of wood but steel may be the best option taking into consideration climate and also security. Do not think that have to go for the two mentioned materials, because there are a number of different materials and combinations that can easily realize your needs.

When going for a door you need to understand whether it will be used for interior or exterior purposes. That is, interior doors need materials that will maintain cool or warm temperatures inside the house. This ends maintaining temperatures in your house.

When shopping for windows and doors you need to take your time. This time will help you look around your abode and get to know what you want to go for. Always check at the prices of the two to avoid overspending.