Obviously I do online shop for things we need, but I do spend a fair bit of time just browsing and product watching too. If there's something I really like online, I screenshot it and keep it in the memory bank, and wait to see if it goes on sale etc. AND believe it or not, I also don't buy everything that I see. As much as I would love to have the budget for this, I certainly don't. I'm definitely a champagne kind of a girl, on a beer budget, so bargain shopping it is, all the way! Everything from food shopping to clothes purchasing, I'm always on the hunt for a bargain. I've certainly had to 'mend my ways' from my days as a carefree single person with a decent salary income, to the current, married with two children and only one fulltime wage earner income! Something I've certainly not managed to master in the 5 or so years I've been at it. However, I've have learnt a few lessons (some the hard way) but also learnt about making a spending budget and having a good go at staying within my limits, especially when it comes to shopping excursions.
Now, I'm not encouraging you to go out, spend a fortune and purchase masses of things that you have absolutely no need or use for, but here are a few tips for shopping for things like storage or homewares or cute stationery (they also happen to be 3 of my favourite things to buy)
:: If it's surprisingly good quality for a relatively junky shop and it's cheap, buy it!
:: If it's only a few dollars, buy it!
:: If you think it's only a promotional product and it's a good price, buy it! - Woolworths recent bakingware is perfect example of this
:: If it is a storage container and it could be used for multiple things, and is a good price, buy it!
:: If you're buying storage, buy in multiples - always good to have a matching pair or set on a shelf
I saw these cute storage jars at a $2 shop and thought they'd be useful for something, somewhere in our house. Worst case scenario, I could use them at Christmas time for packaging home made fudge or truffles. But when I got home, and unpacked them, I soon realised where they'd be a perfect fit. Cute storage solution in our bathroom for a whopping $6 - got to be happy with that.
At the end of the day, if you've purchased some inexpensive items and you get them home and can't think of anything to use them for, put them in the cupboard for another day or give them away as a gift. Seriously? Win win.
Buyer's regret is the pits, trust me! Save yourself the remorse!