Shop Smart In The Sales

The start of the New Year is most commonly associated with resolutions, parties and fireworks, but for many people the time between Christmas and the end of January is far more about bargain hunting and shopping in the sales. If you’re planning a post-Christmas splurge, here are a few pointers to keep you in the right direction.

Be Specific

Shops are very clever at getting you to part with your hard-earned cash, and if you go to the shops with no real idea of what you are looking for, you are more than likely to be seduced by the bright lights, slashed prices and piles of those Christmas jumpers that seem like a bargain at the time but will end up in the charity shop bag. Spend some time now looking through the online lingerie departments or furniture stores to choose your ideal Prima Donna plunge bra, so that when the sales start you will be able to save time and choose exactly what you want.

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Get Online

Trading times are hard for all manner of retailers, and discounts start even before the Christmas rush is over. Many of the big retailers start their online sale as soon as the stores close on Christmas Eve, so if you’re not off to the midnight service, this can be the perfect time to get online and grab some bargains. Shopping online also means you don’t have to contend with the crowds and can get your bargains from the comfort of your own sofa.

Know Your Rights

As a nation, we are very confused about our rights when shopping, especially if there is a sale on. By law, shops only have to exchange goods for you if they are faulty. Many shops go beyond this legal minimum by agreeing to change items which you change your mind about or which don’t fit, but they don’t have to. If trying on clothes in the shop is not an option, make sure you know which size of bra fits you best, or exactly what colour of jumper your partner wants. Many shops alter their standard policy regarding returns when there is a sale on, so check for notices as you may only have 7 days to return things.

Set A Budget And Stick To It

Whether you prefer to shop online or in the shops, it is very easy to get seduced by the low prices and promotions and end up spending far more than you had originally intended. If you are going out shopping in the stores, leave the plastic cards at home and shop with cash. Once you have emptied your purse, there is less of a temptation for additional purchases as you simply cannot pay for them. Buying with a credit card does offer some additional protection, so weigh up the pros and cons of the different methods before leaving home. If buying larger ticket items such as furniture, often stores will offer interest free credit which will allow you to spread the cost over several months.
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