Merry Christmas everyone – I hope you’re having a wonderful day wherever you’re spending it! I thought I’d write a post on the days to come… the boxing day sales are the crazy days for shopping – it can be really hard to handle as everywhere gets so manic! There are a few tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over the years for how best to navigate through the sales, and avoid the stress of overpacked shops and malls. Here they are:
1. Have your targets. I’ve learnt to plan my shopping trips and write down where I want to visit and in what order. The last thing you want is to be wandering aimlessly in a crowd without knowing where you’re headed or which places you want to see. Planning is key.
2. Have an idea of what you want. This is to avoid buying things that you won’t wear or have any use for later on. Knowing what you want and need allows you to target the places where you want to buy things from. Maybe even write down specific items that you have an eye on to check if they go on sale after Christmas.
3. Keep an eye out for good gifts.
This time of year seems to produce the best gift sets so it’s a
wonderful time to buy gifts for the year to come, whether it is birthday
presents, mothers/fathers day gifts – or even for Christmas presents if
you plan that far in advance!
4. Try online shopping. I did this last year and it was a very effective way of avoiding the crowds. It’s true that sometimes you get a better deal in store, but I know some willing to pay a little more to avoid the rush!
5. Eat something before you leave. Coping with hunger is not something you want alongside sales shopping – the shopping part alone is stressful enough during the Boxing Day sales!
6. Don’t queue for the changing rooms. This can be a massive time waster. Stores that have a return policy will take sale items back if they’re not right so wait to try them on when you get home and save yourself the time and stress of the fitting rooms.
7. Get there a little early. Just a little bit. I know there will be some that camp out all night but that’s a little too far for me. But getting to the stores a little bit before they open means you’ll be the first in and have first choice for the best bargains.
8. Stay calm.
The sales really can get very manic and you can end up buying things
that you have no need for. It’s important to think clearly whilst your
shopping, despite it being busy in the stores.
Let me know what bargains you find!