Christmas might not have happened yet, but we’re already looking ahead to the madness of the Boxing Day sales. But how do you make sure you bag yourself a bargain? Erin Hushon explains…
It’s that time of year again – a time when overeager bargain hunters swarm the high-street at 5am to land the very best deals. Having worked in a retail store last Christmas, I saw how people flocked to the shops on Boxing Day. So, to avoid getting swept away with the sales this year, here are some tips on how to handle your money.
1. Decide what you want before you go
This will give you a structured approach and you won’t be as likely to purchase something on a whim. It can be easy to make a spontaneous purchases when you’re surrounded by a lot of options. Unfortunately, most of the time, you end up buying something you don’t need/isn’t the right size/ruined before you get it out of the shop door. To avoid this, try and stay calm. Aim to get things you know that you definitely want or need. Oh, and don’t be swayed by dirt cheap prices.
2. Remember the sales last for longer than a day
In the lead up to Christmas, many retailers have started promotional deals earlier. Stores such as River Island have already reduced pricing on specific gifts and jewellery – however, their winter sale doesn’t officially start until Boxing Day. Just because there is a sale, doesn’t mean you have to purchase something. Most stores don’t have everything out on the shelves, and many keep refilling stock. Your best option is to keep an eye out and you might get an even better deal closer to the end of the sales.
3. Think of your own comfort
Boxing day shopping can be a long day. If you are planning on looking at all the stores, think of your own personal comfort. What you wear is important. Also, think about food and drink. Try making a packed lunch or eating before you leave. Not only will this make your day more efficient, but – given that many stores increase their food prices over Christmas – it will also save you some of your shopping budget.
4. Why not try online shopping
If you’re internet savvy, why not try online sales shopping? You can specifically search for an item, plus you don’t have to deal with huge queues. With the increased popularity of internet shopping, many retailers are also starting sales online as early as the 23rd December.
5. Look for extra vouchers
Many sites such as myvouchercodes.co.uk have added saving codes that can be used in store or online. Also, if you’re a student, remember to always ask if the retailer has student discount. After all, those extra pennies really do count!
Christmas sales are there for a few bargains and a nice day out, so remember to buy the things you really need and enjoy the day.
Merry Christmas and happy shopping!
Are you looking forward to the January sales? Why not comment below and tell us about the best bargain you’ve ever bagged…