How to Shop Smart: Tips for Savvy Shoppers

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Don’t we all want to shop smart? Being a smart, savvy shopper is so important. We want to make good decisions, spend our hard-earned money wisely, stay on budget, and not buy things that collect dust. It’s not always easy, so we’ve got great ideas and tips to help you shop smart. Let’s get started.

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How to Shop Smart: The Design Twins’ Best Shopping Tips

  1. Do your homework. Get online and comparison shop before you buy.
  2. Choose your shopping partners wisely. Who you shop with can greatly influence how you spend.
  3. Make a list.
  4. Shop with purpose. Have a plan before you go (hence the list).
  5. Create a budget and stick to it.
  6. When in doubt walk away. If you go home and keep thinking about it (and it fits the budget) make the purchase. Otherwise you can be happy without.
  7. Take measurements and a tape measure with you.
  8. Take photos and/or swatches.

Friday Friends Parade Linky Party

Welcome to another week of Friday Friends Parade. Every week we love this more. Why? Because we absolutely love seeing your posts and also the chance to SHOWCASE your talents.

This is our weekly link up party hosted by Julie & me and our two besties, Janine Happy Happy Nester and Ashley Modern Glam Home. It’s a fun opportunity to share Crafts, Decor, DIY and Recipes.

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Join us each week Friday am – Wednesday pm to explore new talent and if you’re a blogger, share your own favorite projects by linking up at the bottom. Each week we feature our favorites from last week’s parade. Be sure to check out Last Week’s Friday Friends Parade Linky Party for wonderful decor, garden, craft & recipe inspiration.

Friday Friends Parade  is a forum for encouragement and sharing. It’s a place to be inspired, meet new friends, and show off your projects and posts. We are so excited to see what you’ve got for us this week. ENJOY!

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Jodie & Julie’s Shop Smart Feature

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Shop Smart: Vintage Shopping Tips

Our shop smart feature this week comes from Ann of Dabbling and Decorating. You will love Ann’s vintage market shopping tips and her clever use of a vision board to help focus your next shopping trip.


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Speaking of how to shop smart, this week’s blog post is full of budget shopping ideas and links. Jodie was able to completely transform her dark and dated decor with inexpensive options. And the end result? Her room makeover is making her soooooo happy.

Ashley’s Feature

Easy Recipes

Rhonda from Hallstrom Home shared her creative and perfect Easy Recipes for Faking a Fancy Brunch. Her shortcut recipes will leave you eager to host your own fancy brunch just in time for Mother’s Day. And the styling is not to be missed.

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Easy Recipes for Outdoor Entertaining

Today on the blog I shared my Summer Front Porch Tour and a Rosé Cocktail Recipe. This recipe is simple with only three ingredients. An easy recipe perfect for a party. I hope this post leaves you inspired to entertain outdoors and enjoy the summer months ahead.

Janine’s Feature

Deborah from Hip & Humble Style has a bathroom remodel you sincerely don’t want to miss. I don’t think it was an easy home inspiration, but surely, it is beautiful and very inspiring one.


Decorating with eBay is a convenient way to shop for your home decor. I have bought quite a few items from eBay, and I've been super happy with their service and the items. If you are on a budget and want name brands, you must check out their inventory.

Surprisingly, I wrote two blog posts this week. In my Monday post, I share how I buy a lot of our home decor on eBay. I find it is a convenient way to shop smart and I will often discover some great deals.

My spring patio and deck are finally on the blog. I have included some easy home inspirations into this post. So, do you have an old rusty firepit kicking around your yard? Well, there is a simple way to revive it to look like new? Come on over to find out.


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  1. Thanks for letting us party with you!

  2. Carol says:

    Thanks for the party!

    I just read a great post about lighting and now have some fun ideas for our dining room.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thanks Carol. We love your feedback too. Always so satisfying to know what we publish is useful and appreciated. All the best, Julie & Jodie

  3. Denise says:

    I love your site – it is amazing. Everything is so tasteful! Love your DIY page and all the great tips in general!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Denise,
      We are so happy you found us and that you are enjoying our blog. DIY’s are some our favorite things to blog about. So stay tuned…lots of fresh DIY’s are in the works! All the best, Julie & Jodie

  4. Anna lee says:

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    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you Anna. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the tips and hope you will continue to read and enjoy our blog. Best wishes, Julie & Jodie

  5. I agreed these are really smart tips for shopping

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you for the kind words! We appreciate your support on our blog. Hope to see you on the blog in the future!
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

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