Christmas is mere days away, and you might be ready for the festive period to be done with right now. In fact, I bet a few of you out there are so sick with all the Christmas cheer that you might already be starting to feel like the Grinch!
Even if you don’t feel over Christmas, you will probably be starting to think beyond December by now.
Got any plans for January? Well, chances are you might hit all the January sales in the shops. Shops on the high street know that money will be tight for many families in the aftermath of the Christmas period, which is the main reason why they drastically lower their prices in the first couple of weeks in January. But that’s not the only reason why there are so many great discounts in the shops right at the start of the year. It also gives them chance to clear out as much of their autumn / winter stock as possible so that they have more room on their rails to put out all the spring / summer clothes that will be out soon.
So, think you might venture out to see what deals are on offer in the upcoming January sales? It’s really worth going if you do need some new clothes but have a very restricted budget. However, you will definitely find out that you weren’t the only person with the same idea. The January sales are always notoriously busy. In fact, all of the crowds are often enough to put some people off from going at all! But it doesn’t have to be a nightmare once you do hit the sales. Read on to find out how you can best prepare yourselves!
Get There Early
Ok, so you know that it is going to be complete bedlam in every shop, so it’s best to get there and then get home. If you get there as early as possible, you will, hopefully, beat most of the crowds. Ideally, you want to get to the shops as soon as they open. You might even find that some shops start their January sales period by opening exceptionally early on the first day of the sales – some open at 6 am! This may seem like a ridiculous time to start your shopping, but at least you will be able to get back home before most other shoppers have even got out of bed!
Take Some Coupons
Want to make your deals and discounts go even further? Why not take some money off coupons with you?! If you are hoping to bag yourself some great discounts in the M&S sale, you might want to check online to see if there are any sales coupons that can help you save even more. It’s not just M&S that offer these types of coupons; you’ll find that most big-name stores do. However, it’s important to remember that some coupons won’t be able to be used with any sale items in store – it’s important to double-check the small print on the back of any coupon so that you know you can definitely use it in the sales.
Don’t Take Anyone With You
Tempted to invite some of your friends so that you can enjoy a girly day out shopping? Don’t be. That’s a really bad idea, for a number of reasons. First of all, if it is very busy and crowded when you arrive at the shops, it will be too easy losing track of one another and you could end up split up. Secondly, shopping in the sales can be a very stressful situation, and if you and your friends can’t agree on which shops to go to, it could bubble over into an argument. So, if you don’t fancy spending your time looking around for your friends or arguing with them, it really is a better idea to hit all the January sales on your own.
Write A List… And Stick To It
Have a few different ideas of things you want to get in the sales? If so, make sure you write them down and take the list with you. That way, there is no chance of you forgetting to pick anything up while you are out at the shops. It’s also really important that you stick to everything on the list too. Make sure you aren’t tempted by picking up anything else. That’s a surefire way to overspend and go over your set budget. The sales are a chance for you to save money, and that’s no excuse to buy so much you end up spending a lot more than what you had bargained for!
Check Online Prices
Before you do head out to the January sales, it is always worth going on your computer and checking prices online. Sure, some things will be a lot cheaper in store in the sales, but when it comes to other things, you might be able to find them a lot cheaper online. It all depends on a number of factors that are constantly changing. So, do your research before you head out the door to make sure you get the best deals.
Aim For Big Department Stores
Department stores have everything under one roof, so these should be your main target in the sales. You should then be able to buy everything you need under one roof and you won’t have to trail around from shop to shop. So, make sure your first stop is a department store where you can at least try and get everything on your list. If not, you can always move onto another shop. But, believe me, if you can buy everything in one store the better – otherwise it means going out and bracing even more crowds!
Ready to face the January sales and all the crowds of shoppers that they bring out onto the high street? Hopefully, this blog post has given you everything you need to know to prepare yourself for it all!