Sunday, 28 December 2014

Tessays Tips: Sales Shopping

The Christmas sales are well underway, with most starting a couple days ago although some stores began early, before the big day itself. Some of you may have been crazy enough to brave the shops on Boxing Day but I'm sure you'll still be looking, either online or in store. It's easy to get carried away with yourself and end up buying for the sake of buying. In order to make sure you don't overspend or waste your money on things you shouldn't have, you should try following these 10 tips:

  1. If in doubt, don't.
    This is my first rule with pretty much everything in life. When you see an item, if you don't straight away think 'heck yeah' then the chances are you probably don't want it that much and you're not going to wear it that often. Likewise, if you see a piece and you can't decide within a few seconds if you like it, even after trying it on, then don't buy it. 
  2. Do your homework.Know what you want to buy. Have a look through your wardrobe and try to decide what items you need, maybe a new top/shirt for going out or shoes for work. Try to come up with a list of key pieces, and one or two that would help update your wardrobe. By going in with some direction, your less likely to get distracted by other things and buy on a whim. 
  3. Plan your trip.
    Everyone has their favourite shops, two of mine being Topshop and Urban Outfitters so I always try to head there first. By planning which shops in particular you want to visit, you will ensure that you're buying from brands you love and appreciate the quality of. The high street is most likely going to be crammed with people so knowing where you're going in advance will save you some stress.
  4. Look at the price.
    Take a look at the reduced price and compare it to the original price to see if you're actually getting a bargain or not. If it used to be £80 and it's now going for £30 then you're on to a winner, but if you're only saving a fiver and weren't prepared to buy it before then are you still winning?
  5. Set a budget.
    Before having a look, it's useful to decide how much you can afford to spend. By doing this, you're making sure that you don't cripple your credit from overspending. This also helps you to prioritise your purchases - what do you need/want more?
  6. Keep calm.
    Don't lose your head. It's going to be busy, other people will be wanting the same items, and there almost definitely will be queues. Try not to get stressed and make rash decisions, shopping is supposed to be fun!
  7. Know your size.
    Measure yourself or take a look at what sizes you regularly are in the different brands. You can save time visiting the changing rooms if you already have a good idea whether something will fit or not. Additionally, keeping your size in mind will stop you from buying something that isn't the right fit just because you like it.
  8. Check the returns policy.
    When you buy something, the first thing on your mind isn't returning it. But, if you're not trying something on then there's a chance it's not going to fit you or you won't like it once you're wearing it. Some stores have a much shorter time period for returning sale items, with some offering a gift card or exchange only. If you're not 100% on an item then it's important to check the returns policy to make sure you're not potentially losing out.
  9. Take cash.
    This one goes hand in hand with creating a budget. If you take the cash out to this amount and make a conscious note not to use your card, then you're not going to overspend. Also, seeing your money physically dwindle may make you think twice about a purchase and if you really want the item.
  10. Watch yourself.
    The saying goes that there is safety in numbers, but crowds can be a hot spot for crime. When you're distracted by shopping, you may not notice someone reaching for your handbag or in to your pocket. Be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your belongings, or this may certainly be a shopping trip to remember. 

An extra tip for online shopping:Look out for extra discounts. 
Some sites, such as Free People, offer extra discounts for a certain period, usually until midnight. You could get an extra 20% off on already reduced items, or even free delivery, so it's well worth keeping an eye out.

If you have any tips of your own to add to this list that could help other shoppers then please leave them in the comments below. 

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