"Many have already used up their shopping money over the holidays."
Whenever the New Year comes around, there aren’t many people who go on shopping sprees. Many have already used up their shopping money over the holidays. Also, everyone’s busy with catching up on work or resuming classes. It just seems impractical to be shopping for stuff.
"...some of the items you might need for the summer or the next school year, for example, are still selling for cheap."
I find, however, that by stocking up on things that one might need for the coming weeks and months. First of all, one can take advantage of post-holiday sales and discounts. Secondly, it can be a big part of one’s planning or strategizing for the New Year. And third, some of the items you might need for the summer or the next school year , for example, are still selling for cheap.
"...I wrote down the items that I needed to buy."
If you’re like most people who cleaned out their closets and cabinets, threw out unwanted stuff, and donated toys, clothes, and other belongings by the end of the previous year, then you can easily see if there are things you need more of this year. After going through my shelves to throw away old and broken items, I realized I needed to stock up on certain office supplies. As I went through each cabinet and shelf, I wrote down the items that I needed to buy. This shopping list comes in handy when I finally find myself in the mall early in January.
"You can even save some cash if you buy in bulk."
There are people who shop for birthday presents at the start of the year. Busy people can take one day early in the year to get gifts for loved ones so there is no need to go out and shop for one birthday present at a time. You can even save some cash if you buy in bulk. There was one time I bought a huge stash of nice pens because they were on sale. I paired it with a notebook—which I also got in bulk—and gave to some friends who were celebrating birthdays.
"If you know you’re going to the beach this year and you need a new bikini, then you can probably get a pair or two at the start of the year..." (Image: Bikini Store Facebook page)
Articles of clothing can be bought at the start of the year, provided that you’re someone who can, more or less, maintain the same weight or size for some time. Take stock of travels lined up for the year and see if there is anything you might need for these trips. If you know you’re going to the beach this year and you need a new bikini, then you can probably get a pair or two at the start of the year when the beachwear section of the department store isn’t too crowded yet.
"I like to do at the start of the year is to go grocery shopping and stock up my kitchen with items that have run out.."
One of the things I like to do at the start of the year is to go grocery shopping and stock up my kitchen with items that have run out or new things I want to try in the coming weeks. If you’re a planner like me, you know this will save you a lot of time because you’ll have what you need in your kitchen whenever you need it.
I know that my son will be bringing a dish for potluck around March , and there was a time I felt like baking a big batch of muffins and cookies for everybody. I stocked up on boxes of flour, sugar, oatmeal (for the cookies!), and other ingredients that are not easily perishable. When baking time came around, the full pantry also helped to encourage me to go through with it because the ingredients were already there!
"Watch out for New Year sales because there are plenty of discounts to take advantage of.."
Spices and herbs , cookies, teas, coffee, chips, biscuits, and condiments are just some of the items on my list. Bulk shopping for toiletries like bath soap, toothpaste, big bottles of shampoos and conditioners, paper products, detergent, and other necessities can be bought way in advance. Watch out for New Year sales because there are plenty of discounts to take advantage of at the start of every year.
Buying in bulk from the source makes more sense too, so don’t hesitate to go to the warehouse or factory. For example, if you need plastic products or new beddings, you can go directly to the Uratex
factory in Quezon City. Or if you’re planning to buy your organic toiletries to last the whole year, you can buy from the big outlet of Human Nature
on Commonwealth. You just need to plan carefully—what you need and where to get them—to be able to get the best value for money.
"If you have received unexpected cash gifts and bonuses, you can even set these aside and use some of it to shop for the year’s necessities."
To be able to pull off a grand shopping activity very early in the year, one also needs to be wise with money. Do not spend all your cash for Christmas celebrations and gift-giving. If you have received unexpected cash gifts and bonuses, you can even set these aside and use some of it to shop for the year’s necessities. Some people are in financial trouble come January because they went through some pretty extravagant Christmas and pre-Christmas spending binges. If you can budget your money properly, you’ll have enough for your New Year shopping spree.
Once you have made your list, try to see if you can find information online regarding New Year sales and post-Christmas promos. Then you can match these with your list. Usually, the sales are advertised prominently so it shouldn’t be a problem trying to get information on which malls or stores are having a sale.
"...imagine the time and money you will be able to save if you can do this shopping business well."
And when the New Year shopping activity is done and over with, you may not need to worry about shopping too much for the rest of the year. You might have to go bulk shopping once or twice more, but that’s it. It takes some planning, but just imagine the time and money you will be able to save if you can do this shopping business well. You may have to drop by the stores for things you may have missed or new needs that pop up unexpectedly, or to replenish the perishables, but the shopping trips may now be few and far between, which means more savings for you.
Give it a try and see if it’s a system that works for your household. Happy shopping!
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