HOW TO BE A SMART CONSUMER AND SAVE YOUR MONEY.
First and foremost,you are advised to prepare a list of items to buy. You should buy items which are neccesity only. This can prevent you from wasting a lot of money on things that you do not need. You must also keep in mind that buy what you need not what you want. What I am trying to say is you have to give priority to the basic neccessities rather than fulfilling our desires.
Next, as a smart consumer, you should compare the prices between retailers, whole salers and supermarkets. Consumer nowadays do not know how to choose the right item which is worth their money. Compare prices is very crucial because it helps you to cut cost and not burn a hole in your pocket. Between whole salers and supermarkets, whole salers are much better as you can bargain the prices.
Other than that, you must check the expiry date, weight, ‘halal logo’ and ingredients before you buy something. Let me define to you one by one. Expiry date is the time when the food is not in good condition or spoil. Lots of mini markets do not take note about this. ‘Halal logo’ is very important for you to identify either the food is safe to eat or contrast. Some non-muslims make fake ‘halal logo’ in order to attract people to buy their items. It is highly encourage for you to go through the ingredients of an item to prevent you from buying unhealthy and harmful items. You must take note especially with your kids.
Also, do not get tricked with promotional and discounted items as there are many hidden costs that may pull you to spend unneccessarily. Some consumers are addicted to discounted items. These people cannot afford to buy items they want at oroginal price. Consequently, they got tricked and waste a lot of money within a blink of an eye.
Moreover, you are advised not to pay with credit card instead pay with debit card or cash. You can avoid from paying a lot of money at the end of the month. There are so many cases that consumers are unable to pay back the bills. You have to be wise in handling credit card if you choose to use it.
Last but not least, you have to know your right as consumers. Consumers have the power to complaint their dissatisfaction. For example, you bought a dress and found out that it is torn. You went to the shop and asked for replacement but you receive no respond. If you feel like you have been tricked, you can lodge a complaint with the office of consumer domestic affairs. A piece of cake, right ?
In a nutshell, there are a lot of tips regarding how to be a smart consumer. You should be more careful when shopping. Do not let your desire take over your sanity. Be smart and you will never cry at the end of the day.
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