Everyone loves a sale, am I right or am I right? Aahhh, but bargains are only a bargain if you actually ‘need’ the item. I know it’s tempting to go a little cray cray at the sale and grab everything that sends your heart fluttering because it’s ‘so now’, ‘so cute’, ‘so cheap’ or maybe you think you ‘might fit into it’…one day. Hey…yes you…STOP! Let’schill for a minute and take some time to read my tips before you hit the stores.
DOLLAR PER WEAR…IT’S A THING
Ok, you work hard for your money right? Think about how much you earn per hour, then work out how many hours you actually had to ‘work’ for that ‘bargain’. How’s the calculating going? Now work out how much you will ‘actually’ wear that item. I know I’ve had plenty of ‘bargains’ in my wardrobe over the years that turned out to be duds!
HAVE A PLAN
Before you hit the sales work out what you need and where the ‘gaps’ are in your wardrobe. Maybe you need a new dress or some jeans?…staples that will see you through years of wear? These are the items that you should be hunting for at the sales. Good investment pieces that you will wear year after year are even better when you get them at a discount. Of course, if you’ve been coveting an item for aaages and it’s on sale then run don’t walk!
KNOW WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD
Go through your wardrobe, make a list of what your ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ (yes, they’re different) are and then look at your budget. Are you a ‘cash only’ kinda girl at the sales or are you prepared to use credit? Figure out what you can afford to spend and stick to your budget, because nothing haunts you like shopping guilt!
If you need time to think about a big purchase then walk away and have a cuppa, sometimes getting away from the bright lights and excited salesperson gives you clarity and can save you from a costly mistake.
Hit the stores prepared. That means with your list, eat a meal (because no one likes hangry shoppers), coffee onboard and wear comfy clothes and shoes. When I shop with clients I always suggest comfy knickers, supportive bra, leggings or pants (not leggings as pants), and a shoe with a small heel. You will be getting your gear on and off alot so a quick change is good, a shoe with a little heel helps to get the ‘feel’ of an outfit. Don’t be afraid to grab a scarf or necklace on the way to the change room either. This will help you to ‘dress’ the outfit and make your decision to purchase (or not) easier.
If you are shopping the sales online then know your measurements and understand the returns policy. It also pays to check shipping costs, sometimes the items are a bargain but the shipping can cost just as much. It might even pay to do a group purchase with a friend.
Personally I’ll be steering clear of the sales because I’m not fond of crowds and untidy stores or queues at the change room. If you are planning on hitting the stores I hope you find a ‘real bargain’ and have some fun.
Do you have something on you list? Got any good shopping tips?