There are many tips and tricks to shopping that can keep it fun yet save you a lot of money and help you to be a smarter shopper.

Regardless of whether you're at your favourite shopping mall or the grocery store, you'll love these discount shopping tips to help you improve your shopping experience.

1. Think Before You Shop

Before you step out of your house and use that piece of plastic, ask yourself:

  1. Do I need this?
  2. Will I use it often?
  3. Will I regret this purchase in a day or so?

If you're unsure to the answer, it may be helpful to wait another day. If you still want the item the next day, and you can find a great deal, then go ahead and buy it. Always avoid impulse spending.

2. Make a Shopping List

We're all guilty of running into the store for a few items and coming out with 20 or more. Regardless of why you're shopping, take the time to make a list and stick to it. Try using a grocery shopping app to help you save and budget. 

3. Don't Shop Hungry

Being hungry amps up your desire to acquire things, according to new research from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Even if you're not shopping for food, shopping hungry can make you spend more money than you intended to. You'll find yourself looking at snacks and more all because you're hungry and worse, you're much more likely to overbuy when you're hungry.

4. Take Advantage Of Coupons And Sales

Smart shoppers never pay full price for anything. They use coupons, special offers and often combine the two for the best deal on everything that they can find. They watch for deals and they watch for coupons. Don't buy something just because it's on sale, buy it because you need it. That's what smart shoppers do.

5. Buy Used When Possible

There are a lot of great deals to be had out there at second-hand stores and yard sales. These places are a treasure trove of steals and deals so take advantage of the amazing deals and buy quality items there.

If you really do want a brand new item you could try the rent to own model. Where you pay a small weekly amount towards the item, then after 12 – 24 months you will end up owning it outright.

6. Use Technology to Your Advantage

Smartphones can find the best deals so before you buy, check other stores for a better deal. Many stores will match great deals so get the apps and compare the sales. Download your coupons too.

Check out these top 8 mobile coupon apps to help you save money while you’re shopping.