A website shares shopping tips for those who cringe at the thought of stepping out for shopping:

* Be strategic: Don't plan on checking out 10 stores in one day. This will tire and annoy you. Instead, pick two or three of your favourite spots.

* Avoid departmental stores: The size of departmental store and its lack of windows can make anyone go crazy.

* Eat snacks: A hungry shopper is never a happy one.

* Take a friend along: A second opinion will be helpful when you are unable to decide which one to buy.

* Look around online first: If you are looking for a specific item, check online first. This will save time. Also, many sites have a feature that checks to see if a specific item online is actually stocked at the nearest store.

* Try shopping during off hours: To avoid crowd, shop during mid-day of week days. Another good time to try is early morning on weekends.


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