A: I have thought about this and thought about this since you sent this question in last week, Kelli. There's are so many faboo little nuggets of frugal wisdom to pass on to folks, you know what I mean? BUT if I was only able to pass along one shopping secret, just one thing I do every single time I am in a store, it would be something that isn't so much only frugal as it is really smart. My Aunt Julia taught me this once when we were in IKEA together and I do it every single time I shop now.
You know those child safety seat belts that are in the front of buggies? Always make sure your buggy has one that is operational. Let the belt hang down into the back of the buggy through the bottom of the front seat. Slip the belt through the handle of your purse and clip the straps together. Your purse is securely in the buggy and a much more difficult target for would be thieves. I make sure my purse is closed as well. Now, this doesn't mean that I don't keep an eye on my purse while I shop, but it does mean I don't have to worry about someone pulling a fast one while I'm looking the other way. If you have a child who is a front seat rider in the buggy, use one of those cart covers for babies and still secure your purse!
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