Monday, 28 May 2012

DW -Nik Aisyah Amalien bt Nik Mohd Asri SMKA Naim Lilbanat.. HOW TO BE A SMART CONSUMER AND SAVE YOUR MONEY

How to be a smart consumer and save your money
Are you a smart consumer? If the answer is no, let’s turn over  to a new leaf. In this borderless world, being a smart consumer is like chocolate chips in our cookies of life. Thus, it is essential for us to spend wisely and save our budget. There are abundant of consumers nowadays love to spend a lot of money on products that do  not suffice their budget as well as they are unnecessary. We heard this too many times already. However, how many of us really think deeply and wonder if everything we  buy is worth our money? We admit that shopping is fun but sometimes  reality really stuck us hard. Question such as do I really need it, is the price right or even such low prices may just make us wonder why it is so! Besides, it is weighty to be a smart consumer as the number of traders, who are trying to cheat us are increasing from day to day. By the way, there are  countless ways to be such a smart consumer in order to avoid from being their victims particularly  from the profit hungry traders.
First and foremost, do you remember those times that you buy items that have a huge discount without even thinking if you need them? To be frank, it is believed that everyone had gone to such situation  before. However, we have to keep in mind that in order to save money and be a smart consumer, try to keep to buying necessity items only. Buying too much or things that we do not need is not saving money. Try making a list of items you plan to buy in advance before going for shopping. With this method, you will able to buy everything you need and reduce on buying things you do not need.
Apart from that, this is very influential step especially when you are buying clothes. Don’t get fully attracted to the huge discount tags but try paying a little attention to the quality. Somebody used to buy clothes during those insane sales happening in town. They wouldn’t bother those small dots or stains on the clothes as they thought that they will go off after washed. The sad fact is that they didn’t and they were mad at themselves. The moral of the story is, don’t get fooled by those discount tags and always check the quality. It is better spending like a couple of minutes checking the quality rather than going back and regret on it. As the Chinese saying goes, a smart action lead  us to a smart lifestyle.

Like a case that was experienced by a lady, she tends to go shopping weekly at the local supermarket or wholesalers. One of the items she must buy is milk. There are always those promotional  tags saying certain milk products are on discount. One day, it really surprised her that the expiry date was  just few days ahead! Yes, the sellers are clearly manipulating using business tactics but are they wrong? No! I am not pointing that the consumers are wrong either. We have to be careful when it comes to such things. For example, dairy products can’t be kept long. Therefore, always check the expiry date regardless of how cheap the items are. The same goes over when buying canned foods and drinks. Avoid buying canned  products which are dented as they will become slightly poisonous. Ensure the cans are in good shape before buying to ensure you get the best product.
It is substantial for us to compare prices of those wholesalers. You can go to different places to shop. Every time you go to a new place, you need try to compare the prices. As the Australian saying goes, small amount of money you save can lead to a bigger saving. Always remember that discount  tags outside are just business tactics. If you can get the same items for less, isn’t that a much bigger saving? The price might be cheap but we must be able to think and consider if it is worth it.
Do you see those sales promoters trying to promote something? It is a norm that they will tell you that particular product is good, energy saving or even cheaper. Try asking a few more questions before buying it. Check if it is really a good choice or so. Indeed, simply by asking, we are getting more information and we might even be able to consider if the product is worth for our money.
Last but not least, membership for local stores and even frequent visitor card is good as it is an excellent choice to save up more money. One of the best examples I personally encountered was last month where I was shopping for the accessory products. The price was already discounted and when I was at  the payment counter, I was shocked and surprised as the cashier told me if I am a member, I will get another discount of  20 percent! The moral of the story is simple and straight forward. We are able to save up tons of money and even shop smarter if we know how to utilize the membership card and benefits. At the same time, membership cards will enable you to collect points and eventually, we are able to redeem items and cash vouchers when we shop.

In a nutshell, there is innumerable way for us to be a smart consumer. We need to be together working closely  arm in arm  and advising each other for being concerned and  smart consumers. As the Malay saying goes, many hands make work better.  Do not worry as it is assuring  you these are simple  steps and it will not take you more than one or two minutes to get it done. Hooray! More time to shop!

Exclusively prepared by,
Nik Aisyah Amalien bt Nik Mohd Asri
SMKA Naim Lilbanat..
Class of sirrosdi

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