How to Save Money By Buying Items Before You Need Them
It is no secret that when you need to run out and buy an item at the last minute, you naturally spend more. Why is this? Well, there are a few reasons. First, you are in a hurry so you tend to grab whatever appeals to you first. This means there is no price comparing going on of any kind. You just grab the first item you see and go. Next, you grab additional impulse purchases. While you may have just run out to get a gallon of milk you forgot, you may also grab a candy bar, a magazine, and some gum. So now, you have just added another $7 on to your purchase. When you wait until the last minute to purchase an item you need, you can see how easy it is to spend more.
So what is the solution? The solution is to buy items before you need them. When you do this, you can be better prepared and make smarter shopping choices. Here are a few more tips to make sure you always have the items you need on hand, therefore avoiding expensive last minute trips.
1. Keep a gift closet.
Keep a closet of gift items that your purchase on sale or clearance throughout the year. That way when you need a last minute gift you only need to walk down your hall. You also save gas this way which is a double bonus!
2. Save wrapping supplies.
Don’t make last minute trips for wrapping paper and gift bags. Instead, save and reuse the ones you are given or grab some next time you are at the dollar store and keep them on hand. This will also save last minute (and expensive) trips out.
3. Keep food staples on hand.
Stay stocked up on food staples such as flour, salt, sugar, noodles, rice, sauces, and soups. When you keep these items in stock you are less likely to have to run out for ingredients. Those last minute grocery store runs can be costly!
Last but not least, if you do need to make a last minute run, see if you can get someone to go for you. Give them the allotted amount and that way you stay in budget. If you have to go, take only a limited amount of money with you so you only buy the item you need at the price you are willing to pay.
These small changes will add up to big differences, so give them a try!