With sales season upon us, temptation lurks in almost every store and it can be hard to resist the lure of a bargain. While the summer sales might be fabulous for tactical end-of-season purchases and stashing a few items that may come in handy later on in the year, it’s important to avoid some common pitfalls. Here are my top 10 tips for bagging the best buys:
1. Make a list: check what’s already in your wardrobe and work out exactly what you need before heading off to the sales. If you already have 10 pairs of cropped trousers ask yourself, 'Do I really need another pair?'
2. Don't buy something just because it's a bargain. Will the item go with anything you have in your wardrobe already? And when will you get to wear it? If you wouldn't give a second thought to purchasing an item at full-price, resist the temptation to buy, put it back on the rail and walk away.
3. Stay comfortable: wear clothes that are easy to wriggle in and out of in the changing rooms and a pair of sensible shoes. Select an outfit that's neutral and will match almost anything you might want to try on. This will give the best overall impression of how something might look when you get home and help you to make the best decision on whether or not to buy.
4. Utilise the sales to buy timeless wardrobe staples that you'll still love this time next year. While the latest trends might attract the biggest discounts, they could also end up at the back of the wardrobe in 12 months’ time if you've fallen out of love with last year’s fashion.
5. Don't be tempted to buy anything that's not your size in the hope that you'll get into it some day. That bargain-basement pair of kitten heels might be a snip at 70% off, but if they pinch your toes, chances are they'll be heading to a charity shop without ever being worn. The same goes for jeans that are too tight and dresses that are too short.
6. Keep the receipts: fitting rooms are often closed during the first few days of a sale, while others might have queues that are too long to even contemplate waiting in line. As you're going to need to try on at home, keep any receipts safe and you'll be able to return the item if you’re not happy. Check the sale returns policy with an assistant before leaving the store, as this can differ to the normal returns policy.
7. Don't be tempted to sales shop with small children in tow. The same goes for partners who are not fans of shopping. Chances are that everyone will end up feeling a tad grouchy and you'll be under pressure to shop quickly and head for home.
8. Take snacks and a bottle of water to keep your energy levels up. This will save time as well as hard-earned cash that can be spent on additional goods.
9. Think ahead and stock up on gifts for any upcoming birthdays and maybe even the odd Christmas present as well.
10. If you’re not brave enough to venture into a store during the first few days of the sale, don’t forget to pop in at a later date. Any returns will have been added to the clearance racks and there's still plenty of opportunity to snap up a bargain.
Until next time...
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