We know that shopping sales can be tough, from crazy crowds to managing your own spending. Luckily, we’ve rounded up a few tips to help you navigate sales so you know you’re getting the best bargain every time you shop. Check out the list below.
How to Properly Shop Sales
1. Fill up your tummy.
Don’t be tempted to skip breakfast and make it to the stores early. Going without breakfast could have you feeling faint and tired all too soon. You’ll need lots of energy to run like a lean mean shopping machine throughout the day.
2. Make a plan of attack.
There’s nothing wrong with doing a little forward planning. Look online, make a wish list of what you really want, and get an idea of which stores to head to first. If you have a plan of attack in mind, you’re less likely to waste unnecessary time and energy.
3. Use cash, not a credit card.
Withdrawing the maximum amount of cash you can actually spend will help you avoid impulse buying on the card. Buying on your card is way too easy and can turn into a slippery slope. Here’s how to choose the best credit card for your spending.
4. Bag up.
Load yourself with plenty of big sturdy bags. We’ve all felt the finger-pain of carrying a million little heavy plastic bags.
5. Don’t worry about other shoppers.
Don’t pay attention to what everyone else is doing. Keep your list and your rough plan in mind to stop yourself getting carried away with the crowds.
6. Red isn’t always a bargain.
It’s not the bargain of the century just because the tag is red. Ask yourself if it is such a great bargain and if you really do need it. We all have those sale items that sit at the back of the wardrobe collecting dust. If you’re not sure if you’ll wear it, don’t buy it.
7. Beware the “last chance to buy” sign.
This is not the last-chance saloon, no matter how much those “last chance to buy” signs make you feel that way. Most signs are there to encourage you to panic buy, so ignore them.
8. Take a breather.
Sales shopping is generally a marathon, not a sprint. So take breaks to collect yourself now and again, stay hydrated and use these little stops to remind yourself of your wish list.
9. Learn the returns.
Make sure you have a handle on the returns policy. The line for dressing rooms is likely to be massive and there’s not always time to try before you buy. Check if you can return before you purchase. Read more about your shopping rights.
10. Don’t get roped in.
Sales are a great opportunity for many shops to rope customers into signing up for credit cards. These encourage over-spending and what they don’t tell you is that you’ll still be paying for the items months after buying them.
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