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Tips for Stress Free Shopping

Why does shopping for groceries or, even worse clothing, or household items become so time consuming and overwhelming. What used to be so simple as buying a pair of jeans can now turn into an all day affair. And looking for a healthy ceral or a good laundry detergent can turn into 20 minutes.


I recently went into the grocery store looking for a high fiber cereal. I finally left with nothing. Shopping for tech items is even worse. I miss the days when everything was simplier. Give me tips on how you shop without spending hours. I don't have the energy much less the patience. And forget coupons.

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March 13, 20170 found this helpful

When it comes to shopping for clothes, I shop online. I find better deals and coupons and have it shipped right to my door without having to leave the house. If I don't like the items, I will just return them at the store.

For food, I look online for deals. For instance if you shop at Target you can search Target Good Deals and you'll find couponers already doing the work for you and you have an idea of what are good deals for those particular stores. :)

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March 13, 20170 found this helpful

I know where you're coming from. My two pieces of advice are 1. Only buy what you need and 2. Buy them on sale. I use Flipp ( to do my bargain finds without having to give up quality.


Everything I find is good enough and I love being able to "Flipp" through only what I need, usually when I'm at my most relaxed, before bed.

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March 13, 20170 found this helpful

Do your shopping online or at least your research online. As for the cereal, my daughter has to have a special high fiber diet. We have learned that the Aldi brand of shredded wheat, is about the best we can find in our area.

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March 13, 20171 found this helpful

We definitely have too many choices. For food, I belong to a lot of cooking groups. We share ideas about quality products, and which ones to avoid. I make a list that follows the floor plan of the store. I also stick to the list, unless there is a great buy on something I know I use. For other items, I use Consumer Reports and also follow the advice of Mary Hunt and Clark Howard, both of whom have excellent websites.

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March 14, 20170 found this helpful

Brand loyalty, for many of us, Betty, means we don't necessarily look at options. For instance, if I've always bought Quaker Oats and have never been unhappy with it, I don't look at other brands when buying oatmeal. Not when I'm in a hurry, that is. On a more relaxed day I might compare prices. Deciding is probably easier if you're shopping by yourself and not with a child or teenager or even (no insult intended) spouse.


We can - yes - spend a lot (a lot) of time online researching alternatives and reading reviews of various things, but eventually we get to the point of diminishing returns. That is, we don't necessarily achieve notably better results by spending more time. Pick something and get on with the rest of the list. If you don't like your picks when you get home and use them, you'll know to try something different next time.

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March 14, 20170 found this helpful

wordswork, that is good advise. I probably spend way too much time trying to save a dime. I usually shop the grocery store with a list but end up going up and down every isle for fear I'll miss something I need that I didn't put on the list. Half the time I have to go to more than one store because neither stores has what's on my list. And it seems I have to shop WalMart for personal items; they are way overpriced at the grocery store. What really angers me is having to walk clear to the back of the store when maybe all I need is something from the dairy. They do that intentionally but by the time I get back to the front of the store my knees are killing me.

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