4 Shopping Tips for People Who Hate Shopping
Ok, hate may be a little strong, but let’s just say I am the antithesis of a shopper. I get buyers remorse before I make it to the checkout line, I hardly ever buy anything for myself and I want to get out of a store as fast as possible (in fact, I would rather shop online than step foot in an actual store). But, there are times that shopping is necessary – ya know, groceries, clothes, furniture, supplies for the house etc. For these kinds of situations, I have a few strategies that I use. I fully realize that I could be the only crazy person in the world who doesn’t like to shop in some capacity – but in the off chance that I’m not, I’ll share a few secrets with you.
- Plan ahead. You’ll never see me walk into a store without a reason for being there – I am not a window shopper; AT. ALL. I like to plan for my trip ahead of time. This means when I shop for groceries, need to pick up things for the house, or even clothes for my daughter. Always have a list. You’ll even find that a lot of stores have a functionality built into their app that will allow you to create a list and either email it to yourself or check things off your list as you go. If the store doesn’t use an app, just take your phone and use the notepad to create it ahead of time (or go old school and write it on a piece of paper). Added bonus; this helps you to stay on budget by limiting your purchases only to what you need.
- Order ahead of time. Many stores like Target, Home Depot, Best Buy and more will allow you to order online and pick up in store at the customer service counter. This means less time in the store, trying to find the item you want and more time doing what you want. I find this to be a really helpful tactic when I am short on time, or when I have no idea where in the store I need to look for something.
- Order Online. These days everything can be ordered online. Seriously, everything. From beds and groceries to clothes and electronics there is a way to order it online. Ordering online does have it’s disadvantages; you may get the wrong size, or the color isn’t the same, or the bed is uncomfortable – but hey, you can return it if it doesn’t work out. You can even order groceries online – true! Some stores allow you to pre-order deli meats and cheeses along with party platters, salads and more right from your computer or mobile phone. One of the newest trends, and one of my personal favorites, is using a grocery delivery service like Shipt or PeaPod. You order online, select a delivery time and someone else shops for you. It has proven to be a life saver when it comes to tight schedules, busy weekends or when I’m just feeling lazy.
- Subscribe or Rent. One last thing that I have found to be really helpful for someone like me who hates shopping is the emergence of subscription boxes. If you haven’t heard of these before, it’s a monthly subscription to receive new items to try or borrow. Graze – is a healthy snack subscription box; Birchbox includes skin and makeup samples; Barkbox is a subscription box for your four-legged bestie; and if you are really feeling adventurous – try the Wine of the Month Club which needs no explanation. Additionally, there are clothing companies that will send you an outfit or two every month to wear and send back, so you don’t have to spend the money to stay trendy.
I don’t know it’s that I “hate” to shop, there are just so many other things I would rather do during the day, like hang out with my family. I look at these tips from an opportunity cost perspective – if there is something I would rather do, these allow me to do that. If there is a trick I missed that works well for you, make sure to share it – I love to learn how to get more hours in my day!