Following on from my January sales shopping list post, I would like to share with you my tips and tricks to help you get the best bargains. I have to admit, I do go a bit over the top with my sales shopping, but after Christmas is the one time of year when I like to treat myself. I like to buy the things I have been lusting over all year, and stock up on things I need for the new year.
I hope this posts will help you get lots of bargains!
Have you got any sales shopping tips and tricks?
It is easy to get carried away with the sales, but make sure this doesn’t happen to you. Take the time to compile a list of things you need to get, and the things you would like to treat yourself to. You might not necessarily need everything you want to get, but I mean don’t buy things just for the sake of it. Afterall, if you buy something in the sale that you don’t need, then you’re spending money, not saving money.
Some people might frown upon this, but I like to buy some presents in the sale for the following Christmas, and for birthdays. I particularly like to stock up on things like gift sets, especially when they are half price- because, why not? Doing this helps you save a lot of money for the following year, and it gives you a headstart. If you decide to do this, just make sure you have somewhere to store everything.
Everyone goes crazy when a sale is first announced and snap up their bargains straight away. Sometimes, after a few weeks, retailers drop their prices even further to make old stock sell faster; I find this mainly happens with clothing. The only downside of this is that you risk the item going out of stock, but that’s okay if it’s not something you desperately need.
If paying by card, you can easily lose track of how much you have been spending. I recommend you draw some cash out beforehand and leave your card at home, that way you know what you’re allowing yourself to spend. If you plan to do all your shopping online, be sure to set yourself a budget so you don’t overspend. Remember to keep receipts as well in case you want to return something.
I know this is pretty obvious, but I do still see people not doing this. If you see something in the sale on one website, it might be at an even more reduced price on another, so always look around for the best price. Some retailers also offer a price match guarantee, so that’s something to bear in mind if you want to do all of your shopping with one retailer.