Maximise the Benefits of the January Sales


Jan 07, 2015 by James Rowland

Most of us love to bag a bargain, and the January sales are when we really get to indulge. However, whether you are shopping online or in person, it is all too easy to be carried away and end up with 'bargains' that you are never going to use, along with a credit card balance that makes your hair stand on end. Fortunately, there are tips and tricks you can use to avoid this, and here are some of them.


Prepare Yourself

If you know that you are in danger of over-spending, or likely to grab a 'bargain' that you later regret, you can minimise the dangers by making a sales shopping list. Do this before you hit the shops, be they virtual or actual, and it will keep you focused.

For example, if you know that you are looking for the perfect black party dress and shoes, you will not need to waste time browsing the casual wear or make-up sections.

Another tip is to set yourself a budget and stick to it. If you are visiting bricks and mortar shops, you can enforce this by leaving your plastic at home and taking only as much cash as you are allowing yourself to spend.

Look online for discount vouchers before you set off - some vendors will allow you to combine them, giving you the benefits of not just the sales price, but other reductions, such as free delivery, too.

Finally, before you start shopping anywhere, do research prices thoroughly - this is especially important if you are shopping for 'big ticket' items. Compare prices - if you are tech savvy you could download a price comparison app - and factor in extras such as discount codes, bearing in mind that the sales price is not always the best price around.


Enter the fray

Once you have started your shopping, do not be afraid to haggle over the price. You may have to ask to see a manager or assistant manager to do this, since sales staff might not have the power to make further reductions, but if you are buying goods that shops need to clear, such as white goods and technology, you may be pleasantly surprised by the results.

Take your time while shopping; unless you see something that's on your shopping list at a great price, you really don't need to mindlessly grab and run for the till. Even if something is massively discounted, it may still be out of your price range, so bear the budget in mind.

That said, if you do end up with some regrettable purchases, you can always sell them on eBay or at a car boot sale, but you may not recoup all of your money.

In summary, the best way to get the most from New Year sales is to plan your shopping strip carefully. Make a list of 'must have' items and perhaps also birthday presents and other gifts that you will need to have during the year, and look only for these. That way you are much less likely to make unfortunate impulse purchases, or go over budget. Happy shopping!