Shopping for anything, especially on a tight budget, has gotten a lot more difficult.
Whether you’re braving the physical stores or trying to find the right products online, it’s a stressful time for a student to be worrying about shopping.
Keep costs low and yourself safe by trying out these tips for budget shopping during a pandemic.
Protect Yourself and Others
This isn’t just a safety tip—it’s a budgeting one as well. All the budgeting and money management in the world might not help if you have hospital bills piling up from being sick on top of student bills.
If you’re going to be among people, you want to do everything you can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Make sure you wear your face mask, stay at home if you feel sick, and keep a healthy distance from other shoppers.
Take Stock of What You Do Have
We’re all guilty of a little hoarding now and again; however, right now, we need to be smart about how much we’re actually keeping on hand. Don’t waste your money buying more canned food if you already have cans from two weeks ago.
You don’t need to drop even more money on another shirt if you have fifteen similar ones. Take a full inventory of your pantry, your closet, and any other space where you might be holding onto old items. Now is not the time to be wasting money on things you already have.
Shop Smarter, Not Harder
Speaking of not wasting money, there are plenty of ways to get important shopping done without breaking the bank. Buy staples in bulk whenever you can to save more money in the long run.
When you’re shopping for clothes, consider buying secondhand so that you can get cheaper clothes that will last you a long time. Download apps for the stores you visit the most and keep an eye on them for sales and other discounts. The shopping landscape may have changed quite a bit, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for exorbitant prices.
Stay Focused on Your Task
If you’re heading out into the public, you are most likely going to want to spend as little time as possible out there. One of the best ways to make sure you’re not wasting more time outside than you should is to make lists.
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Jot down everything you’re going to be shopping for, and then only shop for those things. Don’t let yourself get distracted by all the new things you could buy. Focus on the essentials while you’re out to reduce the chance of coming into contact with someone who is sick.
It’s understandable to be nervous about money right now. Hopefully, this guide to budget shopping during the pandemic will alleviate some of those nerves. Keep in mind, your first priority should be to keep yourself and others safe; everything else will fall into place with time.
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