At this time of year it can be all too easy to slip into bad shopping habits. We have vouchers, gift cards and sometimes, even cash to burn great holes in our pockets. But to make the most of the spending power we have, it really is best to think carefully about what we actually need. I know I have a cheek suggesting other folk adopt this habit. I am dreadful at letting the rush of spare cash go to my head. I have never really grasped the essentials of savvy shopping and my purchases for my own wardrobe only match by sheer luck and happy accident. However, I did have help from a professional shopping advisor recently – we went through how I approach the subject. She certainly put me right on several scores and ow I have a list of things needed. I also research constantly for best deals and get them from a preferred source.