6 Effective Ways to Stay Organized While Shopping
For many people, shopping is an enjoyable experience. For others, it’s a necessary evil. No matter how you feel about shopping, everyone can agree that you’ve got to stay organized. Here are some helpful tips on keeping it all together while shopping.
1. Start with a list
There’s nothing more frustrating than leaving than coming home to realize that even though you bought a card full of items, you forgot the one thing you left the house for!
If you have more than three items to buy, never leave without a list. It could be as simple as a post-it note on your sleeve or an app on your phone. If it’s a big paper list, bring a pen with you so you can cross items off as you go.
2. Organize your coupons
If you’re like me, you take advantage of every coupon you can get your hands on. Why not? It’s basically free money!
Coupon Cubby is a great tool to keep those coupons organized so you can find the ones you need quickly in the checkout line. It lets you organize your coupons into categories or alphabetically, depending on your preference. There are some blank tabs too in case you want to add your own labels, like the common stores you shop at.
3. Go without distractions
Sometimes shopping is fun and you go with friends, but a lot of time shopping is time to get things done. If you can’t stay focused while your friend chats or with your kids in tow, leave them at home.
This is especially important when you have a lot of things to buy, some things you just can’t forget or you’re shopping during a busy season.
4. Plan for multiple stores
If your shopping trip is going to take you to multiple stores, separate your lists, coupons and loyalty cards so you only take in what you need. Don’t spend time sorting through one big list if half the items aren’t even in your current store.
5. Make notes of future savings
Keep a pen handy so you can take any notes while you shop. For example, you might see a special on avocados. You don’t need avocados today (and they spoil so quickly), but you might want to prepare something with them later in the week. This way you won’t forget about an opportunity to save money later.
6. Time your trip well
Every store has a busy time of the day and week. It’s tough to shop during these times because people are everywhere. You want to compare prices, features or nutritional information of products, but you can’t because hands are clawing over you to reach shelves or there’s a traffic jam of shopping carts.
If you can, shop during the off-peak hours so you can take your time and stay organized.
Written by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer
For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.
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