When you’re in the market to buy something new, it can be difficult to figure out if you’re paying the right price or even buying the right product at all. On the other hand, once you’ve invested in an item, it can be equally challenging to find out if your investment has appreciated in value as much as you had hoped. Fortunately, these tips on shopping and investing will help you get the most bang for your buck on both fronts.

Do your research

Always be prepared to shop when you have a specific item in mind. You should know, as much as possible, exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re on a budget, research stores that are likely to have lower prices than those that don’t. Also, check sale dates so you don’t overpay for items that may be about to go out of style or are no longer available.

Buy what you love

If you’re out shopping, remember not to spend money on something that you wouldn’t want to own if it didn’t cost any money. If it doesn’t make you happy, don’t buy it. If your wallet is burning a hole in your pocket, take a stroll through nature or go see a movie instead. You won’t regret saving up your money later on down the road.

Buying items in pairs is a good idea

If you’re on a budget, it may seem difficult to find items that are both practical and affordable. But sometimes, shopping in pairs is more beneficial than you might think. For example, purchasing two sets of sheets can save you money when compared to buying one sheet set twice as large. Not only will your sheets last longer, but they’ll be easier to keep clean! The same logic applies to towels, blankets and more.

Don’t splurge on designer items

Unless you’re planning to resell items like designer clothing, handbags, etc., there’s no reason to spend your hard-earned money on such high-end items. Instead, buy from discount stores or thrift shops (if they carry designer items), or wait until an item goes on sale before buying it. Remember that fashion trends come and go quickly; once you purchase something trendy it will lose its appeal eventually.