How To Get The Very Most Out of Shopping

How to get the very most out of your shopping extravaganza

We all approach shopping trips with the best intentions, but far too often the end result is anything but desirable. Swollen feet from the miles of trekking, bruised biceps from the umpteen bags you have lugged around and by the end of proceedings, you’ll probably return most items anyway.

As today’s title might have already suggested, today is all about helping you avoid such a scenario. As such, here are four ways in which you can get the absolute maximum out of your next shopping extravaganza, and not subject yourself to the usual frustrations that accompany these outings.

The evaluation stage

The first stage of the process should be evaluating exactly what you already have. There are a lot of stereotypes of women and shopping doing the rounds – with shoes being the obvious one. In a bid to not fall into this trap, and ultimately keep on top of your finances in the process, you should be looking through your existing closet and evaluating exactly what you need.

If your wardrobe is full to the brim of black jeans, suffice to say, even if the best pair you have ever set eyes on captures your attention you should be ready to turn them down.

Choose your stores wisely

It doesn’t matter whether you are hitting the shops in Covent Garden, or another high-street destination, choosing your stores before you travel can save you a lot of time and money.

This choice might come down to style, or even which are advertising a sale. Some women may even decide to look at the stores first online, to see if the collections available are ones which suit their style. Don’t waste energy, and get frustrated, by treating shopping as an ad-hoc occasion.

Hunt high and low

Once you reach your chosen store, whatever you do don’t become a window shopper. In other words, don’t simply go through the items in the storefront. Granted, these might be the premier garments, but they are also likely to come at a cost.

Instead, it’s your mission to hunt through the store high and low. Sometimes it might be to find bargains (which might be hidden away on discrete rails), while on other occasions it might be to find the last garment which has been discarded to the back of a collection.

Try before you buy

Finally, from all of the above advice, make sure you try your garments before buying them. What looks great on the model in the store certainly isn’t guaranteed to look the same on you. Different figures prompt different results in relation to clothes, and rather than venturing to-and-from your chosen stores on a weekly basis, try and get it all sorted in the changing rooms on your one shopping day.

You also need to have a sense of creativity here; making sure that you visualize what you have at home and calculate exactly what will match your chosen garments.

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Adventures of a Librarian Assistant

I work in a very small library. That doesn’t mean it’s not interesting at times.  I’m also surprised at how rude and demanding some patrons can be.  People will come in and tell us they need us to fill out job apps for them. Nope, can’t do that. It’s illegal. I don’t even like filling job apps out for myself, let alone someone else.  Librarians and their assistants are not there to do the bidding of the patrons. We are there to check books and computers in/out, assist patrons in finding resources in the library, make copies, send faxes, and provide customer service. However, customer service does NOT mean doing things you should do for yourself. I’ve heard of people asking librarians to fill out loan applications for them. HAHAHA what?! I wouldn’t even fill one of those out in a public place. We do clean the computers every day and delete the browser history/cache, but I still wouldn’t feel that the library was the best place to put in personal information.

No shirt, no shoes, no…pants?!

And it seems like all the best stuff happens when I’m not there.  I only work in the afternoons, so I guess the fun stuff happens in the a.m. My boss told me that there was a young lady of about 19 who walked into the library with no pants. That’s right, no pants.  Just a button up shirt that wasn’t even buttoned up all the way.  There isn’t a sign on the door that says “no shirt, no shoes, no service”. But one would think that it would go without saying in a public library.  There’s even a dress code for patrons. Nothing too strict, it just says they have to wear appropriate clothing. I would think that would include pants.

Summer Reading

We’re getting ready for the summer reading program so I’m sure I will be busy until August.  Our movie nights start back up in June so I’ll have to learn how to use the projector. I am sure I will be the one who has to sit in with the kids while the movie plays, but that’s fine. My boss told me I could bring my tablet and read. They have decent internet so that’s a plus. We’ve had a lot of kids sign up so far, so that’s good. I am sure that when the summer reading program gets started, I will not be bored and I’ll have plenty to do.

Do Your Jobs, People!

I’ve only worked 2 days this week because Monday was a holiday and then I’ve been off since yesterday. The city, who is responsible for the maintenance on the building, can’t be bothered to fix the a/c unit that is broken. We were told that they “just haven’t gotten around to it yet.” It’s been broken since last week and my boss talked to the one who is over the maintenance department.  They just don’t care and it’s not a priority. There are two units for the building. One of them keeps freezing up and is not cooling at all.  Our conference room was 81 degrees and the rest of the library was nearly 80! The conference room is where we do the summer reading programs. We can’t do that until they get the a/c fixed. The library has been closing at 12 for the past couple of days and since I work in the afternoons, I haven’t had to work.  I’m supposed to get paid anyway since this is not my fault.  The patrons have started complaining too. So hopefully their complaints will get things done.

All in all, I love the job. Sure, there are days where some patrons can be rude and demanding, but that’s with any job.  It’s better than working in retail, which I’ve done before. I still have to provide customer service but on a much smaller scale.  Also, I get to be around books all day, what’s better than that?

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Part time job flow

I am offically a working woman again. Well, only part time. I finished out the semester with a 3.0 gpa.  I’m hoping to bring that up next semester.  I’m not taking any summer classes so I decided to get a part time job.  It’s only 15 hours a week at the local library,but I like it. I just wish it paid more.  I have had jobs where the pay was decent but I absolutely hated it.  But this job is perfect for me. The library does get busy at times but I don’t have a lot of coworkers. It’s just my boss and me there. There’s another assistant who is there in the a.m. but she usually leaves before I get there.  I spend 3 hours a day checking books in/out, checking people into the computer lab, weeding out books, shelving books, and anything else that my boss needs help with.  The summer reading program starts soon so I’m sure that it will get busy.  I’ve always loved libraries and so I’ve always wanted to work in one.  In my opinion, librarians do not get paid enough for all that they  have to do.  My boss works really hard and is pulled in so many directions at work. She should make at least twice what she does. But the library is state funded (very little at that) so I guess it’s not in the budget.

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