Friday, 30 March 2012

How to be a happy shopper – part 1

With the budget recently announced and spring fast approaching, along with that inherent urge to spring clean our lives, many of us would like to get on top of our spending. Below are some helpful hints on how to better spend your money and keep happy.

Small and often rather than large and seldom It’s true, you can have too much of a good thing. So, lots of small pleasures rather than fewer large ones give us more pleasure and in turn, make us happier. Think about it. Eating twice as much cake in one sitting might seem better, but it certainly doesn’t give us twice the pleasure. Also, savouring the small things makes us happier than expecting too much from life.

Avoid comparison shopping
You’d think that comparing products and services would be a good idea to ensure we get the best deal for our money. However, when comparing similar products we tend to perceive greater differences between them and believe the enjoyment we will derive from the faster, bigger, better product will be far greater than it actually is. So it seems making comparisons and agonising between models is not advisable as it can force us to spend more than we want or can afford yet make little difference to our happiness in the long run.

For more tips on how to better spend your money, look out for our next blog.

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