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Shopping the Sales

Shopaholics, brace yourselves. The post-Christmas period means only one thing: sales!

 It’s my idea of heaven, waking up on Boxing Day as early as possible, setting off on a mission and finding those little treasures I have had my eye on for the last few months at half the price!!

Although we have seen many sales starting early on the run up to Christmas, Boxing Day seems to be the official day when the serious bargains hit the rails.

Prices are slashed on clothing, shoes, beauty, perfume and many more goodies, some 50% off or more!!

Planning and preparation are key.  With a sensible pair of shoes and a determined attitude, you can bag yourself some amazing bargains.

So girls check out my essential guide and top tips to shopping the sales this Season and be armed and ready to go!

Go Early

Late risers risk missing out on the best bargains so make sure you get there early to be the first through the doors.

Don't despair if you're not in town on the opening day of a particular sale.  Most sales last into the middle of January and you'll find there are additional price cuts in the final few days.

Have a strategy

Stay focused and have a plan of attack. Large department stores can be daunting, but there are fantastic bargains to be found, provided you are disciplined. Allow yourself at least an hour, and run your fingers along the racks - it's the fastest way of picking out the odd bit of cashmere from the rows of polyester. Gather up anything that catches your eye as you go along and edit your choices later. If you walk away to think about it, I guarantee it will be gone on your return.

Go when you’ve got plenty of time

If you think you will just be able to run in and grab what you’re after, think again. All the clothes are kind of mushed in together pretty tight and it takes a lot of rummaging and a pair of sharp eyes to find what you’re looking for. So put aside a few hours when you have nothing else to do and the experience will be a lot more enjoyable.

Avoid peak shopping times

Shopping in crowds is hideous at best, especially sales shopping. So avoid the crowds if possible and go at a quieter time. Also the shop might be a lot better organised and tidier right after opening.

Go with an open mind

It’s hard to go shopping for a bargain and come out on top if you have very rigid ideas of what you’re looking for. It’s better to go with an open mind and a list of a few things you need – as long as you actually need them, otherwise it’s not a bargain no matter how much money you’re saving.

Be prepared to try things on

Sales clothing tends to be a sea of rails with a pile it high philosophy, not much thought is given into displaying the clothes nicely, and it can be challenging to tell what anything looks like. So you have to be prepared to brave stuffy changing rooms in order to see what’s good and what isn’t. If you are not 100% sure I would encourage trying on the item at home and decide then.

Go alone

It’s great to go shopping with a friend but when it comes to the sales, I would recommend you do it alone and perhaps meet up for coffee at the halfway point!

Good luck and Happy Shopping!



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