• Put together your wants-and-needs list.

  • Plot out your course by geographic locations.

  • Keep an extension cord in the car to test electronics, appliances, etc.

  • Carry a magnifying glass.

  • Carry a tape measure.

  • Wear your money on you instead of bringing a purse.

  • Go with smaller bills and change to make it easy.

  • Have a list of measurements of items needed or spaces in home.

  • If you don't have a tape measure, keep in mind a $1 bill is six inches long.

  • When you agree to buy an item and you have to leave and come back, take a drawer or cushion from the item with you and leave a deposit so someone cannot buy the item from under you.