Summer sales have begun. Although sales in practice don’t mean the same thing in every country, yet, the fact remains, it is possible to find a few pieces of clothes or a pair of shoes for a more reasonable price than usual. However, one of the biggest mistakes we make during sales is – we get lost. For this reason, read about tricks for smart shopping to finally get more value for your money this summer.
Making a good bargain is impossible without preparation
Take a piece of paper and an hour or two if necessary, to make a list of things you would like to buy. Sales are just the perfect time to numb our senses for the value of money because we tend to buy way more stuff than we actually need. Open your closet and look carefully at the things you mostly like to wear and ask yourself – what do you REALLY need? Is there anything you would like to buy, but it was too expensive for you? Write this down on y and be prepared for some smart shopping. Stick to it and this piece of paper will save you the money and time.
Make a research of sales. See what your favorite stores have in their offer and inform about the price before and after the sales so you can know exactly is some piece worth buying. You can always take a day or two to look around and also, take a picture of the things you like so you can compare it with a price in another store. This will give you a clearer picture of the things you think are worth buying but it’ll also give you time to question your decisions. Sleep over and decide in the morning what you really want to buy.
Sales periods can really be huge for certain clothes and footwear. And it sometimes entices us to purchase something we wouldn’t have bought if it weren’t 50 % off. Control yourself and use your brains while shopping. Ask yourself whether you would buy that item even if it wasn’t on sale? Do you really need that stuff and do you know how it will match some other items you already have in the closet? If you answered yes to everything, you got a jackpot. But, if there is any uncertainty in your answers, maybe you should think again.
What is worth buying during sales?
It’s impossible to miss with classic pieces of clothes. They always have their place in a wardrobe, but on us too. Little black dress, trench coat, coat or beige fine shoes are definitively always “in”. A belt, purse or a classic piece of jewelry are things you can wear throughout the whole year. Summer sales are a great time to buy summer clothes, but most of us do mistake by buying clothes for the upcoming season. Resist this temptation. Rather buy another bathing suit or sandals for this but for the upcoming summer also. Summer sales mostly include summer pieces, but sometimes it is possible to find a piece of warmer garment as well. The best shopping is the one you’ve planned and yearned for months. So, it’s always smarter to invest in the expensive shoes you wanted so much, but couldn’t afford it rather than another dress you are not even sure it fits you perfectly.
Try before buying
When buying something on sales, it may happen you don’t have right to return the item if it suits you. This means you ought to try before buying. Yes, register lines can be mile long, but at least you can dress smart to be quicker when trying clothes or footwear on. For instance, choose a simple dress or skinny jeans and a light T-shirt, anything which you can easily take off or even try other clothes over the one you’re wearing.
Take an assistant with you
It would be best if your friend could come along with you because we all know how patient men can be during shopping. However, bring a friend who has the similar taste in fashion as you and who knows you best. She’ll give you the best advice and also stop you from buying something you’ll later regret. Also, if you have doubts about a certain item, let your friend try the same piece so you can see it from another angle.
Seasonal sales are truly the best time to refresh your wardrobe and save money while doing so. Summer shopping is best during mid-August since discounts are then the highest. Take enough time for shopping, send your children over to grandparents or a friend to avoid buying in a rush. Make sure you also take coupons some stores offer to boost their profit. In any case, if you doubt some decision, sleep over and rethink it in the morning, rationally. Sometimes it’s best to invest that money into something more expensive. And finally, have fun!