Hope you are having a lovely Christmas and the Turkey came out well. The beautiful thing about Christmas is that it’s a season where a variety of events takes place one after the other. For example, food, spending time with family, giving and receiving gifts, taking time off work and shopping. Once Christmas Day has come and gone we have the Boxing Day Sale to look forward to. This is a day of bargains, and it doesn’t end there. We also have the January Sale where the High Street stores slash prices in half to kick-start us into the New Year.
The purpose of this article is not to stop you from shopping in the sale. Buying in the Sale when you plan it well is a great way to save money. So if you do decide to hit Oxford Circus at 4am tomorrow morning, use these tips. These should at least help you make the most of the Winter Sale and to not go bankrupt just before the New Year.
Step 1 - Getting ready for the sale
Take out the stress from shopping. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, have breakfast and leave the kids at home. If you are frustrated you will end up spending more.
Step 2 - Don’t panic or get stressed out
Remember Boxing Day Sale is not a one-day event. It usually starts around 26th December and will generally last until Early January. So if you can't go shopping tomorrow, you have plenty of time in which to do so.
Step 3 - Shop with a goal in mind
Quickly go through your belongings and see what it is that you need. What items are pressing and needs replacing? Kitchenware? Work clothes? Kids winter clothes? Or clothing for a holiday that’s booked for the summer.
Step 4 - Don’t feel as if you are missing out
An article in the Which magazine concluded that 96% of items on sale can be purchased at the same sale price or lower at various times within the year
Step 5 Check stock availability
Knowing which stores will have the items you need will help you to shop with a goal in mind. This saves you plenty of time and gets rid of the temptation that comes from store hopping. By shopping online, you can also compare store prices.
Step 6 - Shop online
Shopping online during the sale can be better as you can quickly look for your size and what colours are available. You can then add an item to your basket and still have time before your purchase to remove it from your basket.
Step 7- Plan your Journey
Check what time the stores are opening. Plan your journey in advance as public transport is limited on Boxing Days.
Step 8 - Stick to your budget
A great way to do this if you intend to shop in the stores is to go cardless. Decide on a budget before you head out and take with you the exact amount in cash. Leave all debit and credit cards at home. This will help you stick to your budget.
Step 9 - Think twice about buying that
Just because it’s 60% off doesn't mean the outfit will look better on you now than it did when it was full price. Don’t get carried away just because the item is on sale. If it were ugly at full price, I would still look ugly with a discount.
Step 10- And finally
Find out what the return policy is and keep all your receipts: Understand what the return policy is on the items you have purchased. During the Boxing Day and January Sales I have purchased some of my long-lasting clothing for myself and my husband. I have also bought what would have been expensive late Christmas Gifts on sale. The aim is not to avoid shopping all together, but to apply wisdom and then some. Don’t get carried away and don’t worry if you’re unable to shop during this sale period, there will be a next one. In fact, start preparing for 2019/20 Boxing Day and January Sale. Stash some cash away into a ‘Boxing day and January Sale Savings Pot’ for 2019-2020. Put aside 5% of your income into this pot every month for 12 Months and you will be laughing come next year!!!