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The January sales, Does anyone else get a slight tingle of excitement at the thought of the reductions on nice things?
The funny thing about Christmas is that we spend an absolute fortune all for one day! to then rush out the next day to a week, to spend even more money on things that we probably do not need! We just love a good old bargain! Am I right?
So let’s talk January sale tips you need to know!
Pre Christmas tip – You need to know!
Shops often mark the items with a random letter and number that they are planning to place in the January sales. These will normally be written on the item label, something like ‘S16’, Often in biro. Avoid paying out on these if it is something you’d rather purchase cheaper in the sales.
Only spend what you can afford.
Look, Let’s get real for a minute. How many times have you spent out in the January sales, and left yourself out of pocket for the whole of January? ending up as feeling the longest month, days feel like weeks and weeks just feel like there never gonna end!
Save yourself some of the pain and give yourself a budget when heading out to the sales.
Stick to your budget & avoid the credit card!
It might be on sale, and it might be a really awesome addition to the wardrobe. Now is the time more than ever to stop making purchases outside of your means.
Avoid using the credit card! Maxing out your card, not only puts you in a worse financial situation, it can prevent you from a decent credit score in the future. Meaning financial back up when it is really needed may not become available to you.
Ask yourself, Do you really need it?
Is it that you really need that new top, or do you just like the price of it? You should only be spending your money on things that you genuinely like, need and know that you are going to be able to get plenty of use of! It is so easy to get embraced in the price of something when you’ve headed sale shopping.
Plan ahead, Where are you going?
Sale shopping is serious business. Crowds of shoppers, all doing the same rummaging that you are, trying to look for the best bargains to take home. A lot of the time not having a clue what it is they are looking for.
And. Going shopping for the day in main town centres are the most hectic places to be. Especially before the new year hits, whilst everyone is still off work. Thousands of people all having the same idea of getting some Bargains in, and making a day out of it.
List the things you genuinely need so that you can shop with purpose.
There is no harm in heading into the sales with a plan of stuff you need to find! It is a perfect time to buy things that you have needed for a while but has not been able to afford because money always tight (That definitely includes us).
Avoid shopping in the usual places!
If you think about it, why would you buy from the places that you usually by from! Check out the places you would usually say are more expensive! If there are specific shops that you love! but don’t often by from, these are the shops you are gonna want to be in!
Do a price check!
Especially when it comes to the more expensive items that you’re considering on spending out on, it is so worth doing a price check. I do like to check Amazon.
And finally, remember this. The January sales are not your only chance of getting a bargain.
The January sales are every year alongside so many more sales that happen throughout the year! if you can not afford it, you might be able to afford it later.
Most retailers, hold numerous sales throughout the year, as they want to encourage sales to maintain their business! No need to get in a stress when you do not need to be!
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