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Watch more Buying, Spending, & Shopping Tips videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Stay sane at the shopping mall with a little pre-planning. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Make a list Before you go, make a list of everything you need to get. Step 2: Research coupons and ads Go online to research coupons, bargains, and sales. Bring copies of advertised deals, including price matching, and make sure coupons apply to _in-store_ sales. Tip You may be able to find better deals online than you can in the store—in which case, stay home and save yourself the trip. Step 3: Dress comfortably Dress comfortably in layers, and wear shoes that'll survive hours of standing and walking. Tip If it's cold out, leave your heavy winter coat in the car. You won't need it in the mall, where it'll just weigh you down. Step 4: Consider valet parking Consider paying for valet parking. It may be worth a few extra dollars to avoid the hassle of an inconvenient spot and a long walk. Step 5: Wear a backpack Wear a nearly empty backpack, and bring only the essentials: your wallet, keys, coupons, phone, some water, and a snack. Stow smaller purchases in your backpack as you go to keep your hands free. Step 6: Make heavy purchases last Save your heaviest purchases for the end, so you won't be loaded down while you shop. Step 7: Work your way down In a multilevel mall, most people start on the bottom and work their way up. Avoid the crowds by doing the opposite. Step 8: Stay smart at the food court Eat smart at the food court by staying away from sugar and grease. Drink water and keep your energy up by combining lean protein and healthy carbohydrates. Step 9: Use your debit card Use cash or your debit card. You'll be more likely to stay within your means, and you won't pile on the credit card debt. Step 10: Go it alone Unless you have a devoted friend who you shop well with, go it alone and stick to your list. When you're solo, you can stay on track and get the most out of the mall. Did You Know? The West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, has its own water park and is home to the world's largest indoor wave pool.
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