Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Shopping With No Gasoline Expense

With the rising cost of gasoline all over the US, it is high time for consumers to shop wisely. Shopping is fun, but would it be fun if you are paying too high for gasoline expense?

Here are two important tips how you can beat the rising cost of gas by shopping wisely.

1. Know what you are shopping for. Are you going to a mall simply to do window shopping? Well, that certainly would be okay if you don't care about saving some money. For all you know, you may be buying a backpacking tent for a weekend camping from one store in a particular mall in your locality, only to find out that there is a store a few miles away that sells the same kind of tent at a very low price.

Now that you know that the other store sells the same item at a low price, would you be returning the tent you bought and go buy the same tent in the other store? By doing so, aren't you wasting gas on your car mileage? Think about the wear and tear expense on your car as well. Plus, how much is your time worth? Aren't you wasting your time by shopping for the second time for the same kind of product you bought?

It is therefore important to know what you really want to buy so you can go at the right store with the right price that's affordable to your budget.

2. Shop Online At Home. If you have a computer and an internet connection, go online and shop right at the comfort of your home. If you are not in a hurry to get the product you wanted to buy, then shopping online is very convenient and saves you gas, time and the inconvenience of traveling. Simply have the product delivered to your doorstep.

Plus, by shopping online, there are online stores that don't charge you taxes. Example, if you are living in California and you found an online store that is based in Nevada, then generally you will not be paying any California taxes and they won't charge you any taxes either because you are from California. Isn't that savings on taxes and gas? Although you may have to pay for the shipping charges, but try to weigh things - where and how could you save more - buying online or through your local store close by where you will be charged your local state tax plus you need to spend gas for your car.

So, if you are shopping for an aluminum baseball bat to be given as a gift to your nephew two weeks from now, try shopping online instead.

So, with the rising cost of gasoline, can you save some money by shopping wisely?
VMT Singuillo is a freelance writer. Some of his subjects include grandfather clocks, Christain gift, Native American Indian arts and crafts, and more.
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