How do you feel when you view a shopping haul online? Video hauls are becoming a fast growing trend, starting around 2007. In fact, Business Insider claims they are a marketing heaven for advertising. In this article, Business Insider notes, “Haul videos are proving to be a strong marketing force in the clothing industry. They can also be an effective low-budget form of marketing for everyone.” Bloggers such as Thrifted Fashionista blog informatively about their finds, “Today I Shopped.”
We all make shopping hauls in some form or fashion. Whether it is for groceries, baby milk, necessary cleaning supplies, or for our kid’s school supplies, we have all loaded up our cart at some point in time and loaded that “haul” out of the store.
The past couple of years, I have assisted certain members of my family with personal shopping. They come to me and say, “Where do I find this item? Where can I find this item the cheapest? Is there a place I can find this product on sale for my wedding?” I do the research and find the best possible resource for them.
Do any of these situations sound familiar?
- I can’t tell you how many items from a “shopping haul” have ended up in my garage sale pile every spring.
- How many times I have found an item in a clearance section, just to find a much better, more high quality item a few days later for $$$ cheaper.
- How many times I purchase an item, only to walk into my house and feel buyer’s remorse that sounds something like this: Why in the world did I buy that? I didn’t even need it nor will I hardly use it! I just drained my bank account for what? For this? I could have used it for something else even better!
Maybe when you arrive home, you think something like this:
- I can’t wait to use it! I know I will be using it every day!
- It was such a good deal! I can’t believe how lucky I was to find it!
- I only spent $30 in grocery supplies. I shopped and conquered!
If you have felt any of these things, you have made a killer shopping haul.
The following questions are questions I ask when going on a shopping haul. These are questions I have collected from my mom, my G-Mom and Nana W, and friends in my life. They are valuable in that they have saved me money, time, energy, and space.
- Should you buy it because it is on sale? Not necessarily. If something that I wouldn’t usually buy is on sale and grabs my attention, I usually put it down and think about it as I shop through the store. If I care enough about it to push the cart all the way back around the store to get it, then it may be something important to me. I have saved a lot of money this way.
- Is it a $1 or less? If you find it for $1 or below, you probably can’t match that anywhere else. The Dollar Tree is the only other place you could probably find something that cheap. Or a garage sale if you bargain.
- Will it add to your home or will it create more clutter? Will you donate it to Goodwill one day because you just don’t use it enough? Do I already have enough of it? These are some questions I ask myself before I put an item into my cart. My entire outside storage is filled with boxes and boxes of Christmas decor. I guess Christmas decor is a magnet for me, so needless to say, I am having to restrict myself. If not, I will run out of storage in my already small home.
- Do you search the Clearance Section first? I have found Christmas gifts, Birthday gifts, clothing, jewelry, kid’s clothes, and even food for $1 or less simply by searching clearance section first.
- Can you find a coupon online or have a coupon mailed to you weekly? My mom is known as the “queen of coupons.” She is a master at shopping at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. She once purchased $90 worth of free items, simply by using coupons!
- Do you work at a job that other companies offer discounts for? There are discounts available for students and teachers and other careers at certain companies. Joann’s offers a 15% discount off of all teachers purchases, on top of their other coupons or sales.
- Do you return it if you don’t if it doesn’t work out? I have often kept items that didn’t fit properly or had flaws instead of returning them, causing a garage sale pile and a lot of clutter. Those dollars can add up!
- Do you think ahead for birthday parties, wedding gifts, baby showers, and Christmas? Often when I shop, I’m not even buying for myself. Usually I am planning ahead for birthdays and Christmas. If I know a baby shower or wedding shower is upcoming, I will start keeping an eye out.
- Can you find something more functional for cheaper, or is this the perfect item? Sometimes I have settled for a clearance purchase, only to wish I had just purchased full price for a more functional, longer lasting, more satisfying item.
- Do you set a price limit on yourself? Before I walk into a store, if I know I am on a shopping spree, I say to myself: “I only plan on spending $20 today.” I walk into the store with that figure in mind and try to stay within that limit.
Hobby Lobby Shopping Haul–$17 bucks worth
Dollar Tree Shopping Haul-$11
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