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Shopaholics Anonymous

As you gear up for the up-and-coming GSS, take a step back before you get swept away by the season-of-sales epidemic.

Eight self-confessed shopaholics share how they survived:

The Great Singapore Sale (GSS) has gotten Singaporeans, especially the women, well revved up. Kicking off this 27th May and ending only in the month of July, the GSS is as good as any other, no, probably the best excuse for a good splurge – a splurge that will probably do only a fraction of the usual damage done to the hubby’s pocket.

At this time of the year, men and women alike, swarm the malls, grabbing everything that catches the eye. But deep down, we know what it is like – we stock our wardrobes with a million and one pairs of shoes, but we really only prefer that trusty worn pair bought eons ago. This GSS, just because the pair of trousers you’ve been eyeing are half-priced, you will not buy them in 10 different shades. We say shopping smart and savvy is a virtue, and we’ve gathered you eight true-blue shopaholics for helpful shopping tips that will keep you from breaking the bank.

Tip 1
Classics always rule

“I own at least a hundred bags of different brands; leathers, fur, you name it. Funny thing is, I’ve always stuck to alternating between two bags – a black one and a nude one. Despite how pretty my green bag looks, I rarely carry it because it just doesn’t go with most of my outfits. It’s best to stick with classic pieces that match your outfits and never go out of style.”

– Beckie, Marketing Manager, 32

Tip 2
Do your homework

“One of the best ways to savvy shopping is buying only what you need. Go through your wardrobe before setting out. Make a mental note, or even a list of what you might want to buy, and the places you can get your items. When there’s an expensive item I intend to get, I do research online. I make sure I get the best deal in town.”

– Wen Jun, Personal Assistant, 30

Tip 3
Comfort’s the key

“The last time I wore a pair of uncomfortable shoes, my entire day was spoilt. Every step I took was excruciating and I had to throw out my shoes before I got home. I suffered painful blisters and foot cramps. The same goes for the outfits we buy. If the dress you are wearing is too tight and you’ve to suck your tummy in the whole time, you won’t feel confident, no matter how pretty the dress might be.”

– Joey, Owner of beauty salon, 41

Tip 4
It must mix & match

“I’ve made this mistake of buying clothing that I don’t know how to wear! Yes, I’ve brought home an orange top that couldn’t go with any thing I have in my, so it is still sitting at the back of my wardrobe, untouched. Whenever I buy clothing now, I make sure I have something at home that can go with my new buy.”

– Daniel, Lawyer, 47

Tip 5
It must be true love

“I only buy something only when its love at first sight. It has to be true love! That way, I make my money’s worth. I was at the mall yesterday when I came across a scarf. I liked it but after some thought, I decided not to get it – I just I didn’t ‘love’ it enough!”

– Sherie, Home Maker, 53

Tip 6

Give it a second thought

“If you find yourself staring at the intended buy for the last 15 minutes wondering if you should get it, then don’t! Don’t buy something you are unsure of – you usually end up regretting it. Otherwise, evaluate the usefulness of the item. Ask yourself how often you will use the item, if it is within your budget, etc. Or, wait till the sale comes to a close and drop by for it. If it is still there, get it!”

– Carmen, HR Director, 36

Tip 7
Budget, please!

“One of the fundamentals of savvy shopping is budgeting. Budgeting keeps you aware of your spending so you will not go overboard. From my little experiences, it is always a good idea to use cold cash over credit. You don’t exactly know how much you’ve spent with the use of credit cards. Set aside a sum of money you intend to spend, and stick to it strictly.”

– Bridget, Air Stewardess, 27

Tip 8
The Great Singapore Sale (GSS) has gotten Singaporeans, especially the women, well revved up. Kicking off this 27th May and ending only in the month of July, the GSS is as good as any other, no, probably the best excuse for a good splurge – a splurge that will probably do only a fraction of the usual damage done to the hubby’s pocket.

At this time of the year, men and women alike, swarm the malls, grabbing everything that catches the eye. But deep down, we know what it is like – we stock our wardrobes with a million and one pairs of shoes, but we really only prefer that trusty worn pair bought eons ago. This GSS, just because the pair of trousers you’ve been eyeing are half-priced, you will not buy them in 10 different shades. We say shopping smart and savvy is a virtue, and we’ve gathered you eight true-blue shopaholics for helpful shopping tips that will keep you from breaking the bank.

Cheap ain’t always good

“Ladies being ladies, we love a good deal. Of course, we all know it’s good to save the buck whenever we can, but not when it comes to compromising quality. It is better to spend $100 on something that lasts 10 years, than $10 on something that lasts only 10 days. You will end up spending more at the end of the day.”

– Nick, Fashion designer, 24

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