We all love a good bargain, I mean nothing beats saving lots of money and finding something that you’ve been searching for it’s like hallelujah I’ve been so excited for this, it was worth the wait. So how do we go about the Boxing Day sales because let’s be honest, they’re not exactly the easiest things to deal with are they? I mean have you even been waiting outside for the door to open you go in and it’s like a free for all? I have had my feet stomped on, I’ve had bruises up my arm, and honestly they were a nightmare, but I am going to be your fairy godmother and give the low down on how to get through those sales and make the most of the sales!
1. Plan Your Trip
This might sound so simple, but honestly if you have an idea of what you’re doing and you’re just having a general wander you might end up missing some of the deals that you actually want, and end up going home with things that you don’t. One thing I do recommend is look online before you leave, make sure that the stores you want to go to have their sales on in store, because sometimes you can get what you want and save money by doing it online. Target the places that you want to go first, and make sure you are up to date with all the deals everywhere.
2. Arrive Early
This might sound incredibly simple, however, you want to try and get in before all the queues start because lets be honest as soon as those queues start they will get longer and longer and no one wants to stand there for hours to get in, and then you might miss all of the bargains.
3. Eat Before You Leave
This is so important, you want to be able to shop on a full stomach, because if you leave it to have something to eat out, 1 you might lose out on some brilliant bargains, 2 you will spend quite a bit. If you are likely to get hungry, then take snacks with you, things that can easily put in your bag, things I like to carry with me are nuts, dried fruits, snacks from Graze & I always carry a bottle of water with me, because you need to make sure you’re hydrated!
4. Look For Presents For Next Year
If you’re on a budget then the sales can be the perfect time to get presents for next year. If you’re sure you know what you might want to get someone then there is lots of things out there like generic gifts, bath products, perfume, jewellery, stationary (always a win) and the deals will be on!
5. Try Not To Be Hungover
The last thing you are going to want to do on Boxing day if you’re hungover is go shopping, be around lots of people, it’s going to be quite loud and you will probably be walking around for a while and you need to stay calm and relaxed while walking around. If you do drink a little too much, take some pain killers and don’t eat anything too rich!
6. Avoid Crouching
It is literally one of the worst things you can do, and you think I’m joking, one year I was picking something up off the floor because all the hangers were intertwined, I got kicked and I fell forward into the hanging rack because someone wanted something but couldn’t be bothered to wait. If you need to crouch to get something don’t bend your legs do like a forward fold like you would if you were practicing yoga.
7. Expensive Shops First
I know that might put a big dent in your bank balance, but if there is a luxury item that you want then you go there first, because that way (fingers crossed) you get exactly what you want and it will most probably be an investment buy!
8. Don’t Try Clothes On
You have a receipt for a reason, you have time to give it back and exchange it, the reason that it is incredibly difficult to try clothes on, usually the queues are a few miles long, and then you lose time when you really could be doing lots of shopping!
When you’re looking on the rails, you’re not sure if you like anything but you could see yourself wearing it, pick it up, then once you’ve finished in the store make your decision about whether or not you want to buy it. Sometimes you need to be a little selfish, and anyway you don’t want to regret not buying the item later on!
10. Buy For A Reason
When there is a sale we tend to pick everything up because it’s on sale and you think you will be saving money, but think of it this way, if you don’t use that item it isn’t exactly a bargain, make sure when you pick something out, you’re going to make use of it!
Those are my top tips for surviving those difficult Boxing Day sales, what are your top tips?