As stressful as sale shopping can be, it’s the best opportunity for a bargain hunting bonanza. From clothes to tech, furniture and more, here's what you need to know.
What do seasoned sale shoppers know that you don't? Well, for starters they know that shopping the sales can land you some huge bargains, as long as you do the prep.
From signing up with your favourite retailers, to knowing when to jump online, here's how to do it with style.
Set up alerts and reminders
All brands and retailers will put sales teasers up long before the sale begins. So if you have your eye on a certain item in a certain shop be sure to set up an alert on your phone. Some sales will start on Christmas Eve, others Christmas Day and Boxing Day so knowing when to jump online and snap up that bargain is the way to get the best deal.
Be social media smart
Brands also offer deals via social. Think Instagram and Twitter in particular, where you can spot an item and snap it up before it sells out. The biggest tip here is to set up lists on Twitter of all your favourite brands so when you go online you can immediately see all the best sales deals in one single list without everyone's tweets.
Shop early or very late
Online sales tend to start at midnight. So if you have your eye on a particular bargain this is when to get online. Also check when sales update. The Next Clearance updates around 4.30am each morning so set your alarm for the best bargains.
If you are sales browsing - try mid-morning as there is a lull between the early shoppers and the post lunch shoppers that enable you to shop without hassle.
Be savvy about what you buy when
Clothes, kids wear and tech are often the fastest sellers in the sales so snap these up first. But with home ware and expensive furniture, it pays to wait because these normally drop again in price by 5% each week.
Sign up with retailers in advance
To maximise your chances of getting your item get email sign ups in advance. Big brands (Next, ASOS, Argos) will also give you a VIP slot for the sales or pre-sale, again worth getting if you are determined to snap up a specific item.
Bundle your deals
The other benefit of signing up for email newsletters is you not only get pre notice of the best deals but also extra money off. This means it always better to bundle your deals with extra discounts, loyalty cards and student discounts. And don't forget to also use VoucherCodes to ensure you save the most money.
Create online accounts in advance
Also make sure you've created an account before you start shopping. This way you can complete your purchases quickly and move on. Increased traffic can mean that websites slow to a crawl on busy sales days like Boxing Day, so you'll want to get in and out as quickly as possible.
Factor in delivery
Finally, factor in your delivery costs. Some large items can have as much as £20+ on online delivery (more on furniture) and there can even a 6 week wait, so read the small print. Check if a shop will hold your product in store for a week to allow you to pick up on a certain day rather than have you pay out for delivery and you'll save even more money.
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