5 Ways to splurge less this festive seasonShopping — By Kadambari on October 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM
The entire city is gradually being dressed up with lights that create the perfect festive mood to shop till you drop. And the word of the season is definitely ‘splurge’ as malls are offering resplendent discounts and offers along with new arrivals making their way to their displays, alluring the customers.
But the situation shouldn’t be shopping at the spur of the moment and regretting later. Therefore at the Punekar we suggest 5 simple ways that can hold you from blowing up your shopping budget.
Plan a budget
Before you step out to shop, plan your budget. Most of us shop without planning and land up shelling out more than required. Decide how much amount are you comfortable spending and stick to it. Once, you have the budget you can make a list of items that has to be bought.
Create a checklist
Having a shopping list acts like a reminder so you don’t miss out on the stuff you need to buy. The list also alerts you that you need not buy things other than mentioned in it. This should help you overcome your temptation of spending on unwanted things.
Make a gift
It is good to gift someone what they love but it should not be at the expense of huge credit card bills. This Diwali, if you have a tight budget, make your own gifts. After all, handmade gifts have a more personalised touch and the credibility of making people feel more special. If nothing at all, you can also send some of your special spicy and sweet Diwali home-made preparations.
Avoid shopping at last minute
Shopping at the last minute is unplanned and can many a time result in buying unwanted stuff and extra expense. Do not buy stuff if you are not convinced with it. Hence, plan your shopping well in advance and avoid going out at the last moment.
Check out stores with discounts and offers
A virtual tour in different malls and stores with huge discounts and offers can just help you get excellent stuff at unbelievable prices. Hence, stroll through various shops offering great discounts. Also there is no harm in checking out stuff in smaller shops or factory outlets. You might just strike a great deal.