How to Go Shopping

So many people dread shopping...but shopping is supposed to be fun. So if you don't like it, you're probably not doing it right. If you follow these steps you will love shopping and be proud of yourself.


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    Get plenty of money. You might want to set a budget for yourself. Ask your parents to give you $200. Your parents probably won't agree at first, but tell them that's how much they normally spend when they take you shopping, and that that will be your absolute max, you'll be careful on what you buy, and you'll return the extra money. Even say you'll do extra chores and stuff to earn it back. If they don't give you all of it (e.c.t birthday money, pocket money or Christmas money), ask your grandparents, then get the rest yourself. Save up for shopping money.
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    Wear the right clothes. Don't wear tight skinny jeans- wear something that slips off quickly and easily. Don't wear sneakers or other shoes that tie and are complicated, instead wear flip flops, flats, or maybe heels if they don't make your feet hurt. You could also wear loafers or something that can slip off quick and easy! Wear your best bra, and you might want to wear a strapless one or one that can go strapless, because you might try on a strapless shirt. And you also might want to wear a tank-top or cami underneath your shirt because you might try on a shirt you'd wear one with.
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    Call up your friends. Get a group of about 2-4 friends to go with. If one of you can drive, you could tell them to pick you each up. If you're like 12-15 have your parents drop you off, and agree to all meet at a certain time at a certain place (eg 2:00 outside of Dillard's).You don't have to go with friends, but it can be more fun and less boring if you bring friends.
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    Before you go, think about if there's anything you really need such as you really need jeans or some sundresses. You may want to write a list or write it on the Memo Pad in your phone.
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    Also before you go, think of the must-go-to stores. Depending on where you're shopping though will depend on whether or not these stores are there. For example if you're going to a bunch of outlets they most likely won't have as much of these stores, whereas a mall will. Know what good stores- including you and your friends' favorites- are where you'll be shopping.
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    Try new stores. If you're walking and see a store that looks good, go in it. There's tons of stores you've probably never heard of at outlets, and most of them are good.


  • Remember to take your phone just in case you need to call your mom to come and pick you up.
  • Take your time! Don't be in a rush and have fun!:-)!
  • Just have fun. Forget everything and have a blast with your friends. Come on, you're in a place filled with clothes for you to try on, and you don't have parents watching your back :D
  • Know if there's a good food store. It's also really fun to stop for ice cream.
  • Take a purse.
  • Go in boutiques. They sometimes have really cute stuff, even if it is just a coffee mug. Those are the perfect place to find a gift.
  • Take lots of pictures. Have you and all your friends try on huge sunglasses and take a picture of yourselves' making silly faces. Sometimes it's fun to just try on stuff you know you won't even get just for fun.


  • Never set down you bags. Even if it's just to go to the other side of the store for a minute, somebody could take them. Just take them with you. If you're going to the bathroom have one of your friends hold them for you. Treat your bags like you would $200- are you really going to let it out of your sight where a bunch of total strangers could see it and take it?
  • Always take your cell phone. You should really have a cell going alone with your friends, but if you don't, ask if you can take your siblings or one of your parents. If you absolutely can't, make sure you're friends have one, and stick with them at all times.
  • If you're under 12 you definitely shouldn't go shopping alone. Go with a group of friends and/or at least one trustworthy adult.

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