Sale Shopping – The Dos And Don’ts

If it’s January, there are sales on everywhere. Is this shopping heaven? Yes. Is there a chance you might blow your money on things you don’t need? Also yes.

Many people possess an impulse to go wild and abuse their poor bank balance when it’s the January sales. However, it’s time for us to gain control and composure and start to realise that more unnecessary items are bought during the sales than at any other time of the year. Hopefully, at this point, you are looking over to your wardrobe and realising that hideous black and blue stripy jumper which is two sizes too big was an impulse buy; and although it may have been £11.50, reduced from £35, it was probably one of the worst buys ever, as there is no way on earth a size 16 is going to flatter your size 10 figure.

Of course, the sale season can be a good chance to pick up a bargain and it gives you the chance to purchase something you might not have been able to afford earlier in the season/year. Sales can also be a nightmare and with near enough a no-return policy on everything, once you buy something you may not be able to return it. So five days later when you realise those gorgeous khaki pants which were on a size 10 hanger are actually a size 6, it’s too late and you are now stuck with something which doesn’t fit you.


Do shop around
Look for the same item in different stores. See which is the cheapest and which is the best quality. Remember, all stores will vary in their prices, so it’s best to shop around to find exactly what you want.

Don’t go wild with your spending
Set yourself a budget and stick to it. You don’t want to be staring at a very angry credit card bill at the end of the month, do you? Setting yourself a budget will also give you the chance to really see what you need and what you want (the different between the two is unreal) and can help you avoid unnecessary spending.

Don’t impulse buy
Ladies, don’t buy an item because the price of it has dropped dramatically – there is no point. Often the price has dropped because the product didn’t sell well during the season or because it is a last chance buy. Ignore the impulse as, cheap as it is, you don’t need it.
Keep the impulse monster under wraps and sales shopping will be a doddle.

This article was written by Susie May on behalf of

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