Sales shopping has become a bit of a Christmas tradition although it feels like they have been going on forever already. I will probably be checking out the sales from the comfort of my sofa but if you are trying your luck on Boxing Day I have some top tips to help you make it through the day.
Avoid being hungover.
To get the best deals you need to be up an out early. this probably isn’t going to happen if you had one to many the night before. The sales are also incredibly noisy and that won’t be a pleasant experience if your head is pounding. Go easy on the wine or rehydrate. A lot.
Be strict with your budget.
It’s important to set a budget and stick to it, unless of course you have endless amounts of money then feel free to go wild 😉 . For the rest of us it is wise to make a list of the items you actually NEED. It is very easy to get distracted and pick up everything you like the look of but I’m sure we all have sale purchases we never wear that are just shoved at the back of our wardrobes. If you are looking for work wear don’t wander around looking at yet another pair of jeans.
If you don’t want to be traipsing around alllllll day then don’t go with friends. Do you really want to listen to endless rounds of ‘do you think this suits me’? Plus they are just added competition, what if you both want the same thing?
Buy now, return later.
If you are on the indecisive side don’t even waste time considering if your top matches the trousers you already own. Check the stores returns policy and just buy it, if it doesn’t go then return at a later date.
Avoid trying things on.
The changing rooms are likely to be carnage and to be honest I can never be bothered to repeatedly get undressed and redressed multiple times on a shopping trip. Again make sure you return anything that doesn’t fit. Adopting this method also means you get round all the shops faster. Thank God.
Stay home instead.
I will be following this point and looking online. Most stores actually make their sales live at midnight on Christmas Day so you won’t be missing out by staying home. I also hate shopping when the stores are crammed with people and hate being slowed down. This way you can also shop in your pj’s while stuffing your face. Its a win win situation. Some sales have been going for a while and it it likely that many will continue into January so if you have a few days off you can always shop at your leisure when things have calmed down a bit.