Some sales have started already, so use our top tips to make a triumph of your bargain shop!
1. Fill up your tummy
Don't be tempted to skip breakfast and make it to the shops early. No breakfast could have you feeling faint and tired all too soon. You'll need lots of energy to run like a lean mean shopping machine throughout the day. We reveal what the perfect shopping trip involves!
2. Make a plan of attack
There's nothing wrong with doing a little forward planning. Look online, make a wish list of what you really want and get an idea of which shops to head to first. If you have a plan of attack in mind, you’re less likely to waste unnecessary time and energy.
3. Cash not card
Withdrawing a maximum cash spend will help you avoid impulse buying on the card. Buying on your card is way too easy and can turn into a slippery slope. Here's how to choose the best credit card for your spending.
4. Bag up
Load yourself with plenty of big sturdy bags. This way you won’t fall into the trap of queuing for a trolley. Plus we’ve all felt the finger-pain of carrying a million little heavy plastic bags.
5. Don't worry about other shoppers
Don't pay attention to what everyone else is doing. Keep your list and your rough plan in mind to stop yourself getting carried away with the crowds.
6. Red isn't always a bargain
It's not the bargain of the century just because the tag is red. Ask yourself if it is such a great bargain and if you really do need it. We all have those sale items that sit at the back of the wardrobe collecting dust. If you're not sure if you'll wear it, don't buy it.
7. Beware the 'last chance to buy' sign
This is not the last-chance saloon, no matter how much those 'last chance to buy' signs make you feel that way. Most signs are there to encourage you to panic buy, so ignore them.
8. Have a breather
Sales shopping is generally a marathon, not a sprint. So take breaks to collect yourself now and again, stay hydrated and use these little stops to remind yourself of your wish list.
9. Learn the returns
Make sure you have a handle on the returns policy. The queue to the changing rooms is likely to be massive and there's not always time to try before you buy. Check if you can return before you purchase. Read more about your shopping rights.
10. Don't get roped in
Sales are a great opportunity for many shops to rope customers into signing up to their credit card scheme. These encourage over-spending and what they don't tell you is that you'll still be paying for the items months after buying them.
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